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Day 1

Afternoon

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Registration & Refreshments

Workshop #1

Refreshment Break

Workshop #2

Fellowship Time

Dinner & Keynote

1:00pm - 2:30pm

2:30pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:30pm

4:30pm - 5:00pm

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Free Time / Evening at Local Hotel

Day 2

Morning

8:00am - 9:00am

Breakfast & Keynote

Workshop #3

Refreshment Break

Workshop #4

Closing Prayer

9:00am - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:00am

11:00am - 12:00pm

12:00pm

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Bitterness: The Stumbling Block to Forgiveness

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Christina Severinghaus

3:00 PM

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“What a gorgeous view!”

The sad but true tale of a church where bitterness festered for almost 20 years, initiated by an innocent comment planted the seed of bitterness in hearts, which caused conflict, strife, and ultimately a church split.

What can Cain, Naomi, and Saul teach us? Is bitterness the cloak that covers up disappointment, grief, and frustrations? In this interactive workshop, we will explore ways to identify the true root of bitterness and ways to eradicate it. Then, as peacemakers, how can we guide, encourage, and support those whose lives are wrapped up in bitterness without shaming and blaming?

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; Heb 12:15

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The Heart of Peacemaking with Children and Youth

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Sue Knowles

7:00 PM

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Our kids are growing up in a world struggling with conflict. Conflict begins in the heart, and God’s answer to the problem in our hearts is found only in Christ Jesus. This workshop will equip you with concepts and materials you can use right away to engage God’s Word and His world with hearts filled with the hope of the Gospel. Building on simple language and visual cues, even younger learners can understand and apply the good news of peace through Jesus in the home and classroom. Activities build toward adult peacemaking materials as more complex concepts are introduced. Designed to help parents and teachers keep in mind the distinction between God’s Law and Gospel and how they impact the heart, workshop participants will receive some printable materials and a resource list to help them as they encourage kids to practice peace!

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Opening Conference Session

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Dwight Schettler

11:00 PM

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Join us for the opening session for the conference. Our keynote speaker will be Dwight Schettler who will be speaking on the topic of "Responding to the Call to Reconciliation". There will also be a time to interact with other attendees and learn how to navigate the workshops for the rest of the month. Session will be 1 hour.

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Diversity Theory

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Oletha Barnett

3:00 PM

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Sick of all this diversity tension that invades and disrupts our lives? We see it swirling and twirling around in our polarized society. We hear its daily grind in news cycles, amongst family, friends, and the community. So, what are we to do? This workshop can help you curtail the destructive effect of conflict, related to at least 12 types of differences common to man that often leads to conflict. The workshop gives a divinely inspired, bold and fresh approach to looking at differences and conflict from various perspectives for clarity, like a prism illuminates otherwise distorted views. God created differences within us all, which lead to various diversity encounters. These encounters are divine assignments from God, for us to practice biblical principles for spiritual growth. Learn more about your God-given assignment in this workshop.

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But God Meant it for Good....For Whom? Genesis 50:20 - A look at Conflict Based Upon the Story of Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-50)

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Kyle Sears

7:00 PM

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Joseph’s story confirms the following principles: God is with us in conflict. God uses us in conflict. God means the conflict for our good and the good of others.
The story of Joseph, like many in the Bible, involves conflict. Using Joseph’s story as our text, we will look at how the conflict was created and how it impacted Joseph as well as how Joseph responded to the conflict and those who caused it. We will also look at the conflict in the context of God’s plan and eternity.
The principles of Joseph’s story will help us and those we serve as reconcilers consider and answer the following questions:
- Is God with me in the conflict? How does this impact my response?
- Is God using me in the conflict? How is He using me?
- Does God mean the conflict for my good and the good of others? If so, then what is He doing in my life, the lives of others involved in the conflict and the lives of others?
- How is my conflict story a part of God’s plan and eternity? How does this give me hope, regardless of the outcome of the conflict?

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Response of Anger

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Dennis Reiter

11:00 PM

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Anger is one of the most common and complex experiences of life, and conflict is saturated with it. We consider anger to be a moral response rooted in a judgment we make against a perceived wrong. While God and the Lord Jesus always have righteous anger, and we might have righteous anger, we will see why so much human anger is sinful. In His righteous anger God seeks to establish justice and offer mercy. For us to have righteous anger like His we have to turn away from three wrong responses and practice three godly responses. While our society will say it is OK to be angry with God, Scripture helps us to discern the moral difference between expressing anger against God (it arises from unbelief) and expressing anger to God (it arises from trust).

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Fundraising for the Christian Reconciler

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Rev. Phil Heiser

3:00 PM

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Though the spiritual and eternal rewards of reconciliation ministry are the goal, the financial part of it can be a struggle. Costs for training, resources and getting certified can be a large financial investment. Christian Reconcilers have the ability to help raise their own funds through “Crowdfunding”. Crowdfunding is easy to set up and gives you the ability to have your own supporters through a monthly or one-time giving commitment. These funds will come directly to AoR but will put in a fund for you to use when you need it. Funds can be used for resources, training registrations, application & enrollment fee for Certification program and more. Pastor Phil Heiser has used crowdfunding to provide finances for past in-person conferences, training registrations, fees for Certification Program and more. Come learn how crowdfunding has worked for Phil and how it can work for you. Part of the workshop will teach you how to set up your own page and get you started on the road to help fund your reconciliation training expenses.

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Why Must I Forgive?

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Christina Severinghaus

7:00 PM

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Victims of abuse are faced with many challenges as they journey toward healing. Many services focus on the physical injuries and the emotional toll the victims endured. This workshop will focus on nurturing the soul, exploring ways to walk alongside trauma victims, and offering a healing balm to their wounded souls. How can we, as peacemakers, help victims see the truth about the Bible’s commands to forgive rather than further traumatize and injure the wounded? What does it mean to forgive the unforgivable? Why forgive? How to forgive?

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Owning Our Sin Before God our Savior

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Dr. Robert Jones

11:00 PM

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Throughout the Old and New Testaments, Scripture radiates the joy of owning our sin before God our Savior and experiencing his forgiveness. And experienced Christian conciliators know the relief and delight that comes when a person repents and confesses. We also know that nothing can delay successful conflict coaching or torpedo a mediation more than incomplete or lame confessions. This workshop overviews the biblical truths summarized in chapter 5 in my book, Pursuing Peace: A Christian Guide to Handling Our Conflicts, and applies them in practical ways to our conflict coaching and premediation settings.

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Conflict Resolution Strategies for Pastors

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Dr. Chris Cottrell

3:00 PM

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Question-are you needing help with difficult, even crucial conversations? Do you feel like your staff are so far out of sync that you have a serious, overwhelming conflict? Are you looking for tips for dealing with conflict in your church? Do you need some biblical strategies for how to engage in difficult, crucial conversations in healthy ways that could lead to some kingdom outcomes? This workshop will offer pastors and church leaders biblical strategies and resources that focus on working towards acceptable, God-honoring resolution and reconciliation.

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Reconciling Under the Cross

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Dr. Ted Kober

3:00 PM

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Ted introduces his new book describing the four roles of a reconciler: teaching reconciliation, coaching people in conflict, mediating disagreements, and adjudicating disputes. Learn about this new comprehensive resource for reconcilers.

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Teaching Peacemaking to Children and Young People - an Introduction to PeaceWiseKids and PeaceWiseYouth

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Bruce Burgess

11:00 PM

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How many times have we taught adult peacemaking principles, only for people to say to us "I wish I'd known this years ago - it could have saved my marriage, my relationship with my family, my workmate etc.". Teaching our future adults these principles as children or youth is one of the most significant gifts we can possibly give them, and will change the course of both their lives and the lives of others. This workshop explains and showcases the comprehensive, biblical, fun, engaging curriculum developed by PeaceWise over the last 8 years to teach children and young people from ages 4-25 how to be peacemakers for life. These materials are now being used in more than 50 Christian schools and 17,000 students in Australia and we will also have input from a US school, with Sioux Falls Lutheran School Executive Director, Tia Wesser, joining us for the session.

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