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What organizations have used this material? Relational wisdom has been taught in a wide variety of churches and organizations, including: Acts 29, ACSI, Advocates International, Bible Study Fellowship, CCEF, Convene, European Leadership Forum, Focus on the Family, Home School Legal Defensive Association, Kingdom Advisors, Reformed Theological Seminary, Saddleback Church, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Village Seven Church and Willow Creek Church (see endorsements and past training hosts). The values-based (secular) version of this material has been taught to U.S. Congressmen and state legislators.
What ages can benefit from this course? Although this course is rigorous enough to be used by adults in churches, seminaries, businesses and missions, it is simple enough for parents and children to study together.
Why is a course of this quality so inexpensive? Comparable secular programs cost from $149 to $2,000. Thanks to our ministry donors, we are able to make our training available at a far lower price ($49) so that it is easily affordable to anyone who wants to improve their relational skills and their witness for Christ. Moreover, we grant a wide variety of scholarships (see below). In short, we never want anyone to be deprived of our training due to financial limitations.
How does this course differ from the previous 2.0 version? The course has several enhancements: (1) we shorted the course from 20 lessons to 8 so it can be completed more easily and quickly; this was done by combining and compressing several lessons and by moving all of he peacemaking content into a new course that will focus entirely on conflict resolution (due for release in summer of 2019); (2) we moved to this new platform, which is easier to join and navigate than our previous platform; (3) we broke each lesson into smaller steps, some of which take less than a minute to complete; (4) we created downloadable “Personal Study Notes” documents where you can record your answers to reflection and application questions, which you can keep in one place for easy future reference; and (5) we reduced the price from $79 to $49.
Is it possible to receive a scholarship for this training? Yes, scholarships are available for active or retired military, law enforcement, fire-fighting and similar first-responder personnel and their families, as well as for students and individuals with limited finances (click here for details).
In what areas of life can relational wisdom be applied? RW has proven to be useful in diverse settings, including: marriage and parenting, church leadership, evangelism and church growth, the workplace, seminary, Christian schools, crisis pregnancy centers, missions, mediation and counseling, law enforcement and military bases (see personal testimonies).
How does RW compare to Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker? Just as Microsoft Windows improved on DOS, and Apple OS X improved on OS 1, relational wisdom improves on The Peacemaker by retaining its core principles while adding an array of new skills that help people to build stronger relationships and actually prevent conflict (see Getting Upstream of Conflict).
What is the theological basis for the course? This material is based on biblical principles that are common to all Christian denominations. Moreover, the course requires students to read and evaluate for themselves over three hundred Scripture passages that support the key principles of relational wisdom (see Biblical Foundation for RW, RW and Tri-Perspectivalism and Emotions in Christian Anthropology).
Are there any Continuing Education Credits available for this course? Yes, the Association of Christian Schools International has approved the course for 1 CEU (six hours). It has also been accepted for continuing education credits for lawyers, counselors and social workers. We would be happy to assist you in seeking CEU approval from other organizations.
Can this course be taught to large groups as a live seminar? Yes. Our staff and Certified Instructors are available to present the course to groups in a live one-day seminar or shorter sessions.
Is material available for non-Christians and secular settings? In mid 2019 we expect to release a secular version of this course that has been well received in business, educational and government settings. For an example of how these common grace principles can be used to engage non-Christians and introduce them to Christ, see RW Pastor of the Year.
What training is available beyond this course? Individuals who want to teach these materials on their own may apply for admission to our Certified RW Instructor Training Program. In October of 2019, we plan to launch similar training for individuals who wish to serve as Relational Wisdom Coaches, as well as a new online course on biblical conflict resolution.
How can I learn more about RW360, this course and other training? Email Jeff@rw360.org with your questions.
How long should I expect to spend on each lesson? Each of the 8 lessons typically takes 60-90 minutes to complete (8-12 hours for entire course), depending on how much optional reading and writing you decide to do.
What study pace do you recommend? We encourage you to complete at least one lesson a week to maintain momentum.You can complete a lesson in a single sitting or break it into 10-15 minute segments spread over a few days. If you need to take a few days or even weeks off, you can jump back in at any time.
How can I earn a “Pay-It-Forward Scholarship?” When you complete all of the steps in the course, you will receive one “Pay-It-Forward Scholarship” that you may give to a friend who can use it when registering for the course. These scholarships cover 50% of the normal registration fee. Although you are not required to answer the reflection, application and practice questions in the course to receive this scholarship, you will experience greater improvement in your relational skills if you download the Personal Study Notes handout and answer at least half of the questions in each section.
How can I receive a certificate of completion for this course? A certificate of completion is available upon request to students who complete the entire course.
How can I take personal notes as I go through the course? Download the Personal Study Notes handout when you begin the course and save this document to your computer, tablet or smartphone. As you go through the course, you can toggle to this download to write your personal study notes.
What if I forgot my password and cannot log in? On the front page of the school, click on “Login.” On the Login page, click on “Forgot Password,” and on the next page insert your email address and then click “Send Me Instructions.” You will receive an email explaining how to reset your password.
What are the benefits of group study? Studying with others allows you to ask questions, learn from others’ experience and insights, and share yours with them. Group study also provides encouragement and accountability to keep you moving steadily through the material.
What kinds of groups can use this study? Many groups are comprised of personal friends or couples who enjoy learning together. Other groups include: elder and deacon boards, management and human resources teams, business and ministry departments, seminary classes, Bible Studies, Sunday school classes, high school youth groups, college fellowships, missionary teams and even parents and children studying as a family. The group feature can also be used for counseling married couples or individuals (see below).
Can a group study together either online or in person? Yes. Many groups study and interact entirely online. Others prefer to study individually online and then gather in person to discuss what they are learning. RW360 will soon release a DVD version of the teaching videos for groups that want to meet in a home, church or office where they can go through the videos and discussion questions together.
What is a group facilitator expected to do? If you originate a group, you have the option of acting as class facilitator (moderator). You are not expected to be a teacher because all of the teaching is provided through the course itself. As a facilitator, you can review others’ answers, add questions, offer helpful suggestions and set up video conference meetings. You are free to interact as much or as little as you like, and students are always able to share their thoughts and questions spontaneously through the discussion questions.
Is there a maximum group size? There is no limit to how many people you can include in a class. Although you could form a single class of 200 or more people, they would probably feel more comfortable interacting if they are divided into smaller groups of 6-12 people.
Can I set up multiple groups for counseling, discipling, conflict coaching or special training? Yes! We encourage pastors, counselors, managers, human resource staff and Bible study leaders to use this course repeatedly for marriage or premarital counseling, discipling small groups, conflict coaching or special training … or any other situation where you’d like to protect confidentiality and guide the study and application process along specific lines. When doing so, you may add custom discussion questions and case studies to every new group you create.
If you have any additional questions or suggestions not addressed in these FAQs, please email Jeff@rw360.org.