|Types of Disputes
|Legal disputes are conflicts involving legal issues that may end up in court if not resolved. Some may
already have been the subject of court filings. These often include personal disputes involving property
or injury claims. Opponents will have better control over the outcomes if they are willing to enter
mediation. If the dispute goes to court the judge’s decisions will be final. By mediation the disputes
opponents can design their own solutions and better control the outcome. In disputes involving legal
matters the involvement of attorneys is optional. I find they and are usually helpful in resolving disputes
out of court.
|The people involved in non-profits are passionate about what they do. As a result, strong feelings and
opinions can lead to serious disagreements among board members and staff. The key to a successful
non-profit is not that they avoid all conflicts, but that they have a healthy process for resolving them. We
offer a number of services for these organizations:
sides or for disputes involving questions of mission and direction.
effective by improving communication and decision making. Developing positive relationships
among the board and key staff can help prevent future conflicts.
organization to clarify its goals, direction and decision making processes. I have many years
experience in strategic planning that can assist your organization become more effective.
|Business disputes are a special type of conflict in which financial considerations are critical. There is
often disagreement over management and priorities which can lead to the success or failure of the
business. Mediation or facilitated meetings can address conflicts and resolve disputes within a
financial context. My background in economics and strategic planning is useful in finding creative ways
of addressing the interests of everyone involved.
|Church conflicts arise from a variety of issues including leadership, worship style and ministry
priorities. Because people feel passionate about these things, disagreements may quickly escalate
and become difficult for the congregation to address without outside help. A conflict resolution process
for a church must address the specific conflict and set the congregation on a path to healing. If
unaddressed, disputes may lead to bitterness and disunity. The church may split or a large number of
people may leave the congregation.
We follow the Peacemaker Ministries model of church reconciliation. We work with leadership, listen to
concerns of members, identify issues, provide training, and mediate disagreements. The successful
resolution of church conflict is a powerful demonstration of the Gospel both to the congregation and the
|Personal disputes may involve a variety of issues from legal settlements to restoring broken
relationships. Anything that causes a conflict is appropriate to bring to a mediation or other conflict
resolution process to seek a mutually satisfactory resolution.
|Family conflicts often involve relatives and in-laws with a variety of interests and concerns. Conflicts
usually include broken relationships based on past injuries and misunderstandings. Resolution of
these conflicts may involve coaching, mediation and or family meetings. When facilitating family
meetings we help people listen to each other, create agreements and restore relationships.
|These conflicts typically involve seniors, family members or care takers in disputes over living
arrangements and care for an aging. They often include related financial and estate issues, as well.
Our approach to these disputes is use family conferences or several “mini-mediations” to reach
consensus and create a written agreement about how to care for the aging. We work to restore
relationships and resolve future disputes that may arise. Where appropriate, family conference
approach also has the advantage of addressing multiple concerns in the same process.
|For more information and a free consultation contact me at
(928) 255-3180 (call or text) or
email me at Mark@PonderosaMCR.com.