1. We encourage members to overlook any offenses and forgive as we have been forgiven. We also encourage members to see how they might have offended or hurt someone in this situation.
2. When an offense cannot be overlooked, the member should approach the offender and bring it to his or her attention.
3. If reconciliation and understanding do not result from this personal meeting, we encourage the offended party to enlist the help of a close brother or sister in Christ and attempt to work through the conflict with the other party.
4. If attempts to work out the conflict fail, the parties should contact the Shepherding Department for help, mediation and spiritual care.
5. The Shepherding Department will assess the situation, and if needed, assign a Spiritual Care Team (SCT), consisting of Elders and other leaders, to come along side those in conflict. The SCT will not side with one party or the other, but it will help both parties to identify sin, confess and pray for true repentance and reconciliation by the power of the Spirit.
6. If one or both parties are not willing to reconcile, the SCT may transition the conflict, under the direction of the Session of Perimeter Church, to a church discipline case with the hope of restoration and reconciliation through the use of church censures. These censures can include suspension from the Lord's Table, and as a last resort, ex-communication. Both of these censures are used as an act of love and with the hope of restoration as commanded by the Lord.