Dear School of Mediation Participant,

It was a rich blessing from our gracious Lord to have you here. I am writing to follow up on our conference for a few reasons. First, I am grateful for those of you who are putting into practice what you learned immediately. We have participants who are already getting couples ready for marriage mediations, and one of our participants is hoping to apply the material to two pastors who are in conflict. Please pray for these.

We also wanted to let you know that the ACBC office will be informed of your participation, and if you are already certified they will follow up with you concerning taking the exam and any details related to that. If you have any questions about finishing the specialization for ACBC, please direct your questions to the ACBC office.

I am continuing to work on the agreement with The ICC for this training to count toward their basic and mediation training so that you can then move right into their mentored supervision process. I will let you know when we have received the final approval, what the costs will be for the mentored phase and how to contact them.

In addition, we have added a few resources to the RESOURCES section of this page. You will find Powerpoint slides and another example of a “memorandum of understanding” (in addition to the notebook and appendices). Please note: These materials are copyrighted but may be used for personal counseling purposes only. For any other use, permission is required. Please contact me at ErnieB@fbcjax.com for more information.

I also would like to solicit your feedback on the conference. What would have made things run more smoothly? What do you wish we would have done? What were the strengths? You can send your comments to The Grace Center’s office email address: counseling@fbcjax.com. We hope to do this training again, so your feedback will be helpful.

In conclusion, I wanted to clarify one area that I don’t believe I communicated well. I stated that arbitration is where “substantive” issues are dealt with. I believe I gave the impression that mediation was only for relational issues and that substantive issues like issues related to money were dealt with in arbitration. This is incorrect. Mediations deal with both relational and substantive issues and then arbitration is used as a process if there are unresolved substantive issues.

Let's continue to pray for one another as we apply what we have learned. I continue to be excited as we seek to be Christ-like. He is the mediator between God and man as the Prince of Peace. Lord, help us to be like You!

Endeavoring to live as a worshiper of what truly matters,

Dr. Ernie Baker
Pastor of Counseling and Discipleship
First Baptist Church Jacksonville
Fellow, ACBC
Certified Conciliator, The Institute for Christian Conciliation