We at Legacy Ministry College are honored to serve and train you in the things of God. In doing so, we need to prepare you for times when problems may arise with you or others in the school. During those times we are to follow the protocols the Bible has set up. The following Bible passage from Jesus teaches us how to properly handle problems with people in the Body of Christ.
Matthew 18:15-17, “15 If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”
Matthew 18 Protocol Explained:
– First, if someone has an issue with you, they should come to you first and settle it privately. And if you have an issue with someone you should go to him or her privately. During this first phase we encourage you as a student to seek counsel from a Faculty Member or a Vice President at LMC, if you are not sure how to address someone privately or start a “Matthew 18 Process.” Likewise, if you have an issue with a person who works for LMC please let them know your issue in the same way (and feel free to consult other leaders at LMC on how to go about talking with whatever leader you have an issue with).
– Second, if after the one-on-one meeting you cannot resolve the problem, both of you should gather together LMC leaders to help you come to a peaceable resolution. These leaders will act as witnesses and counselors. And if the issue is with a staff member of LMC they will need to be ready to include other leaders to help insure fairness and equity in resolving the issue. LMC holds everyone, including its leaders to the same standard of Christian conduct.
– Third, if after following the above protocols the issue is not resolved, the Vice President of Student Life at LMC will be notified to resolve the problem, with the help of LMC’s executive staff and/or board of directors.