2021 Annual Conference – “Sowing Peace”
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Location and Date
Our 2021 Annual Conference is scheduled to be held in Billings, Montana, on September 9-12.
Our Theme is “Sowing Peace”
In James 3:18, God makes a marvelous promise: “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”
This “sow to reap” metaphor reminds us that the more diligently we teach and nurture God’s relational principles, especially the gospel itself, the more we will see a harvest of peace, unity and godly relationships in our families, churches, ministries, schools and businesses.
As relationships thrive, the weeds of conflict have less room to grow, which opens the way for stronger families, more fruitful ministry and church growth, improved work performance, and, most importantly, a more compelling witness as Christians live out the gospel of peace in their families, workplaces and communities.
The following links provide real-life examples of the kinds of benefits you and those you love can experience as you sow God’s relational principles in the fields of your life.
- A closer relationship with God, even when facing repeated suffering
- Astonishing reconciliations (that can move even attorneys to tears!)
- A closer and less conflicted marriage
- More effective witnessing, evangelism and community engagement
- Greater unity and less conflict in your church
- Better job performance and career advancement
- More joyful and productive parenting
We hope these examples will inspire you to join us in September to learn how you can sow relational principles in your family, church, ministry, school and workplace in order to promote a harvest of godly relationships that reveal the transforming power of Jesus and his gospel!
The conference is designed to provide inspiration, practical skills training and fellowship opportunities for individuals who want to enhance their ability to practice, model and teach the principles of relational wisdom, biblical peacemaking, RW skills coaching and Christian conciliation. (For definitions of each of these relational disciplines, click here.)
Another goal of the conference is to provide churches, ministries, businesses, schools and other organizations with training and resources that will enable them to establish in-house Peace Sower Teams™ that include RW presenters, coaches and conciliators who equip and assist others to live out the principles of relational wisdom and biblical peacemaking in their daily lives (see Peace Sower Teams ).
The third major goal of the conference is to provide training for individuals who wish to pursue certification as a Certified RW Instructor™, Certified RW Coach™ or a Certified RW Conciliator™. All coach and instructor training will take place during the main conference. Conciliator training will take place during the main conference and during a special pre-conference session (see details below).
Lord willing, the main conference will begin at 7:00 pm on September 9 with a plenary session and reception honoring the many people who have served the Lord as peacemakers and Christian conciliators over the past thirty years.
Worship, keynotes and workshops on September 10 and 11 will run from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a time for worship, testimonies and fellowship Friday evening, and a Vision Banquet will be held Saturday evening. The conference will close at 10:30 am on Sunday after our worship service (for further details, see FAQs).
Training Tracks and Workshops
- Peace Sower Team Development: Churches are encouraged to send at least three people to their first conference, including a pastor, so they can attend multiple workshop tracks and return home with a fully-informed vision for establishing a Peace Sower Team.
- Presenter/Instructor Track: teaching and promotion skills and resources; using values-based RW for personal witnessing, evangelism and community outreach.
- Coaching Track: coaching skills and resources, promotion, ethical issues, dealing with challenging issues (anger, guilt, shame, impulsiveness, etc.), and practical strategies for cultivating the six skills of relational wisdom.
- Conciliation Track: case intake and administration, interfacing with church/organization leadership, legal and ethical issues, confidentiality, arbitration, getting to the heart of conflict, marital reconciliation, power and control issues.
- Special Applications: (tentative) pastoral ministry, workplace, HR professionals, education, healthcare, racial wisdom, military chaplains, law enforcement, crisis pregnancy, missions, and jail and prison ministries.
- Our preliminary roster of speakers may be found here.
Pre-Conference Integration Training
Advanced training is available to individuals who have read The Peacemaker, completed RW360’s online course, Discovering Relational Wisdom 3.0, and completed courses in conflict coaching and biblical mediation that have been developed by RW360 or one of our nine sister ministries, which include Alliance Peacemaking, Ambassadors of Reconciliation, Creative Conciliation, Crossroads Resolution Group LLC, ICC Peace, Live at Peace Ministries, Peacemaker Ministries, PeacePoint and PeaceWise.
Pre-conference training will run from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on September 9. We will combine instruction, discussion, demonstrations and roleplay exercises to provide practical experience in integrating the principles of relational wisdom, biblical peacemaking and Christian conciliation in a variety of scenarios drawn from actual church, marriage, business and legal conciliation cases.
We will also discuss the requirements and benefits of becoming a Certified RW Conciliator™, including ways that training and experience with other programs can exempt students from some of the costs and requirements of RW360’s certification program. Attendance at this preconference training will count as six (6) hours of practical integration training for RW360’s Conciliator Training and Certification Program (for further details, see Pre-Conference FAQs).
Given the interactive nature of this training, attendance will be limited to 50 students who will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lodging, Meals and Transportation
The conference will be held at Billings’ premier hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton (see gallery). Attendees can make their own reservations (link coming soon) at a special rate of $109/night. Reservations may be cancelled without penalty at least 48 hours before check-in.
Registration fees cover lunch on each full day of the conference and the Vision Banquet on Saturday night. Attendees may enjoy other meals together in the hotel or in twenty other excellent restaurants that are available within three blocks of the hotel.
If your spouse wants to join you for either the main conference or the pre-conference, please use the appropriate “couple” registration option, which will cover the cost of lunches and the banquet for both of you. If your spouse would like to enjoy some R&R in Billings but does not plan to attend any training, please use the individual registration tickets, in which case only your meals are covered. If your spouse would like to join you for some shared meals, you may purchase separate meal plans for the lunches or the banquet.
The DoubleTree hotel provides free shuttle service to Billings Logan International Airport, which is only two miles away. Rental cars are readily available at the airport, and free parking is available to all conference attendees (for further details, including amenities, weather and dress, see FAQs)
Big Sky Country Attractions
There’s a good reason Montana is called “Big Sky Country.” Wherever you turn, you’ll see a vast expanse of blue sky arching over snow-capped mountains, crystal clear rivers and pastures teeming with horses and cattle, as well as buffalo and elk. But there is so much more to see if you add a few days to your visit.
Known as “Montana’s Trailhead,” Billings blends culture and history with outdoor adventure and R&R, earning it the title “Best Town of 2016” according to Outside Magazine.
Billings is surrounded by unique historical sites, including Pompey’s Pillar, which contains the only remaining physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Little Bighorn Battlefield, where Montana’s Native Americans gave the U.S. Cavalry its greatest defeat.
Billings is just one hour away from the breath-taking “Beartooth Highway,” which Charles Kuralt described as “American’s most beautiful drive.” This spectacular drive crests at 10,947 feet as it leads to the north entrance of scenic Yellowstone National Park, which will be free from summer crowds and in the early stage of autumn splendor at the time of our conference!
As long as you’re traveling all the way to Big Sky Country, we hope you’ll stay around a few days and see why many of us refer to our state as “the porch of heaven.”
For further information on any aspect of our 2021 Annual Conference, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you don’t find the answers you need, please email our Director of Training, Jeff Sande, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All registration fees are fully refundable prior to the conference.
Separate meal tickets are not necessary for your spouse if you are using either of the “couple” registration tickets below. See “Meals” section above for guidance on whether to purchase meal tickets for your spouse.
Organization name - Relational Wisdom 360