NSCH Policy on Biblical Conflict Resolution
We encourage our members to try to resolve conflict and offenses as quickly as possible. Please do not let bitterness, anger, or hurt take root in your heart and mind. We must refrain from criticism, grumbling and complaining, and gossip. These are Satan's way of taking glory from God. Instead, let us honor and glorify God by “keeping our tongues from evil and our lips from speaking lies” (Ps. 34:13) and allowing “our speech to be always filled with grace” (Col 4:6).
In any group, there will be disagreements; there is no expectation that NSCH will be free from disagreements. However, it is God's desire for there to be continued Christian fellowship with all members of this group. As it states in God's Word: “All this is from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18). In conflict, our goal is reconciliation.
Therefore, conflict resolution within North Shore Christian Homeschoolers (NSCH) will be handled to the best of our ability in accordance with Matt. 18:15-17. This means that, should a point of conflict to do with our organization arise between two members or the NSCH Steering Committee, acting on behalf of the group, they will first be asked to “go and show him his fault in private” (Matt. 18:15). If the conflict is not resolved by this action, the interested party should approach a member of the NSCH Steering Committee, and they will assist in fulfilling the mandate of verse 16: “If he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses, every fact may be confirmed.” As NSCH is an organization and not a church, we feel we cannot completely fulfill verse 17. However, if the conflict is still not resolved by the above steps, or if the member(s) refuses to meet to discuss and resolve the issue(s), the NSCH Steering Committee reserves the right, on behalf of the group, to dissolve the offending party's membership in the group.