Are the mediators & arbitrators qualified?
The ICC uses Certified Christian Conciliators™ to serve as mediators and/or arbitrators. The Certified Christian Conciliators have completed our training program and have been certified by the ICC. This training program includes approximately 150 hours of individual study and training, starting with a self-study course in personal peacemaking and peacemaking in the context of the church, and self study prerequisites for the conflict coaching, mediation, and arbitration live training. The conciliator must also complete approximately 50 hours of live training courses in conflict coaching, a two-day mediation course, and a three day course on advanced mediation and arbitration. Most panel members also have taken live Advanced Training courses on the topics of resolving marital conflict and resolving conflict in an organizational setting, as well as numerous workshops on Christian conciliation. All of the live training courses are based upon case studies and involve extensive role-plays, which provide the conciliator with practical experience.
In addition to completing the above training events, the conciliator must complete a minimum of 50 hours of conciliation work under the direction and oversight of a mentor, and an additional minimum of 5 cases. The conciliator is then certified as a Certified Christian Conciliator. Conciliators maintain this certification annually by reporting on the cases they have handled and completing continuing education on issues in Christian conciliation.
The conciliators who have been certified and are used for ICC administered cases include attorneys, pastors, businessmen and women, counselors, and other lay leaders in Christian churches. We currently have approximately 175 Certified Christian Conciliators throughout the United States. The attorneys we use have a broad range of legal and practical experience in areas ranging from commercial transactions, business matters, real estate, probate, employment law, intellectual property, personal injury, church and non-profit governance, marital and family issues, insurance, and construction. When a case is filed, we will nominate one or more conciliators who meet the legal and personal issues in the particular case, and provide the qualifications of the individuals to the parties for review and approval.