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Emmett Aldrich

Conflict in Churches or other religious institutions is inevitable. After all, religious organizations are made up of human beings who bring their emotions and personalities with them to Sunday services, choir practice, board meetings and other Church activities.

Consequently, we should not be surprised that conflicts can easily arise between Churches, within Churches, between church groups, or among its individual members.

There are many sources of conflict within the Church, such as differences in beliefs, values, opinions or simple misunderstandings. Perceptions of unfair treatment or problems in communicating can lead to disagreements or disputes. When an argument or disagreement arises between members of the Congregation, everyone feels the negative effects of the dispute, and the resulting tension serves as a distraction from the worship service and the positive aspects of a Christ centered organization.

With this as the challenge, CMS is dedicated to helping Churches or other religious institutions find a Christian response to conflict resolution. These services are offered in a number of different ways. Whether it is mediation of inter or intra Church disputes, disagreements among members, or internal family conflicts with parishioners, we are all called by God to resolve conflicts in a peaceful and Christian way.

Christian Mediation Services is proud to now offer Elder Care Mediation services.

BS degree with double major in Psychology and Sociology from Geo Wash Univ. MS degree in Labor Studies from Univ of DC. Over 100 hours training in mediation and conflict resolution. Can also conduct training and counseling in conflict resolution.

ADR Experience

Extensive background in community med iations(e.g. Police mediations and neighbor complaints). Also, have background in workplace and employment disputes. Also working with Churches for internal and external disputes.


Generally take a consensus building approach to mediation.

Areas Of Practice

  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Education
  • Elder
  • Employment

Additional Services

  • Facilitator

Fees and Provisos

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