Preferred Path Overview

Whether your goal is to enhance communication, build consensus on a specific topic, or resolve conflict involving individuals and/or groups, this site offers a road map for achieving more satisfying, less costly, and more durable outcomes.

We do this by promulgating a Preferred Path—a series of biblical steps—that you can apply unilaterally, with no cooperation from “the other side”. Or, you can use this site with other individuals and groups as a common guide and point of reference.

The six Steps on the Preferred Path can be grouped into beginning, middle, and “last resort” phases.

  • Steps 1 and 2 are the Preparation Steps, reminding us to bring our topics to God in prayer at the very start, and to follow Jesus’ instruction to love others, including and especially, opponents and enemies.
  • Steps 3 and 4 are the Engagement Steps: listening and speaking directly with one another, with the option of facilitation or mediation with mutually agreeable third parties if that is needed.
  • Steps 5 and 6 are for decisions by higher authorities, and a range of other actions that may be taken if the matter is not resolved through the first four Steps.

While you can “loop forward” at any time, experience suggests it’s best to follow the Steps in order.

So, why do Christian communities need these Steps? What is broken that needs fixing?

For answers to these and other questions see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Or click Home to start using the Preferred Path right now!