2024 southern Regional Conference

“Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” 

James 3:18

April 18-20  |  Midway Church  |  Villa Rica, GA

$115 Pre-Conference   |  $149 Conference, Individual |  $139 Conference, Group

Equipping Christians and their Churches to Be Sowers of 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.

Five keynote addresses will provide an inspirational vision for building relationships that display the transforming power of Jesus and his gospel. Twenty+ workshops will provide practical training on how to live out relational wisdom (enhanced emotional intelligence) and biblical peacemaking in daily life and especially in church leadership.

Our training and resources will enable your church to establish a Peace Sower Team that provides ongoing teaching, coaching and conciliation services to your congregation and community. Such services have been proven to promote peace and unity, prevent divorces, promote evangelism and reduce the counseling burden on pastors (click here for Peace Sower Team details).

Please join us in taking hold of Jesus’ marvelous promise, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9)

Keynote Speakers:

Ken Sande

President, RW360

Ken Sande is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries and RW360. Trained as an engineer, lawyer and mediator, Ken has conciliated hundreds of family, business, church and legal conflicts. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Peacemaker, which has sold over 500,000 copies in twenty languages.

Ken is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Instructor with TalentSmartEQ and a Certified Relational Wisdom Conciliator, Coach and Instructor. He has served as a church elder, an Editorial Advisor for Christianity Today, a Certified Professional Engineer and as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Montana Bar Association.

He teaches internationally on biblical peacemaking, Christian conciliation and relational wisdom, which is an enhanced form of emotional intelligence that helps people “get upstream of conflict” by improving their ability to read and manage emotions in themselves and others. The resources he has developed are being used to strengthen relationships, promote teamwork and reduce and resolve conflict in churches, families, businesses, schools and military bases around the world.

Thomas Hammond

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Executive Director, Georgia Baptist Mission Board

On January 1, 2019, W. Thomas Hammond, Jr. became the executive director of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. Previously, he served as the lead pastor of Alpharetta First Baptist Church from 2013-2018. For several years during his leadership, Alpharetta First Baptist ranked among the top 10% of the fastest- growing churches in the Georgia Baptist Convention, planted three churches, began a Latino and Per-sian ministry, and increased their giving through the Cooperative Program from 1% to 6%. With a heart for evangelism, Rev. Hammond led Alpharetta First Baptist to baptize over 250 people. Prior to coming to Alpharetta First Baptist, Rev. Hammond served as vice president for Convention Advancement with the SBC Executive Committee; senior director of Church Evangelism with the North American Mission Board; director of missions at the Metrolina Baptist Association in Charlotte, North Carolina; minister of evangelism at Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Georgia; and evangelism associate at the Ohio Baptist Convention.

Sandy Willson

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Interim President, The Gospel Coalition

Sandy received a B.S. from the University of Virginia, an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a D.D. from Crichton College in Memphis, Tennessee. Sandy is a co-founder of Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies; a co-founder and chair of Nexus (leadership mentoring program for emerging adult professional leaders); co-founder and chair of the Memphis Shalom Project (a unified evangelical church ministry strategy for the city); a founder of Reformed Ministries Network (a regional church-planting ministry), and a co-founder and board member of the Second Presbyterian Church Foundation for missions.  He serves on the Board of Reference for Union University and Reformed Theological Seminary. Sandy and his wife, Allison, have five children.

Kevin Rivers

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Co-Lead Pastor, Midway Church

Dr. Kevin Rivers is the Co-Lead Pastor at Midway Church in Villa Rica, Georgia. Since attending his first Peacemakers Conference in 2014, he has worked to implement peacemaking principles in his life, leadership, and ministry. A West Georgia native, Kevin also served as Lead Pastor at Blackhawk Ministries in Fort Wayne, Indiana, before returning home to Georgia to pastor at Midway Church. He earned his master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary and his doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a specialization in discipleship. Kevin has a passion for reaching people far from God with the Good News of Jesus Christ, local church leadership development, and making disciples the way Jesus modeled. He and his wife of 18 years, Jessica, are proud parents of three children: Caleb (13), Callie (11), and Kya (6). They love outdoor adventures, National Parks, animals, and serving together in ministry with friends, making an impact for Christ locally and all around the world.

Tim Laniak

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Senior VP of Global Content, Our Daily Bread Ministries

Dr. Laniak has served as a short-term missionary and volunteer in over countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He and his wife were directors of the International Fellowship House in Boston, and he served as a welfare housing manager for elderly immigrants in Brookline, MA. He launched the Urban Ministry Program at the Charlotte campus of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and eventually served as dean of the campus and mentor for the Christian Leadership DMin Program. He has written several books that look at the cultural context of Scripture including two which focus on the shepherd image for leadership (shepherdleader.com). Tim has also spent over a decade building a comprehensive, multi-media curriculum for the whole Bible that invites leaders and lay people alive to an immersive experience in Scripture and its continued impact on the global church (biblejourney.com). Tim has taken numerous groups on experiential learning tours of the lands of the Bible.
Tim is now the SVP of Global Content at Our Daily Bread Ministries where people in over 60 countries and 150 languages are given access to digestible biblical content. ODB Publishing has recently released a fresh version of his book, The Good Shepherd, and a course at ODB University in Shepherd Leadership.

 

Workshop Speakers:

Speakers will be available for workshops during the conference

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Paul Cornwell

Paul is the co-founder of Crossroads Resolution Group and has over 30 years of ministry experience. He has planted two churches, served as the lead pastor of four congregations, and founded two ministries designed to equip and assist churches to resolve conflict biblically. Paul was a Senior Ministry Consultant for Peacemaker Ministries, where he led mediation efforts in conflicted churches and ministries and played a key role in upgrading training for resolving organizational conflict. He is a certified as Relational Wisdom Instructor and Christian Conciliator, and is passionate about using his gifts of faith, wisdom, teaching, encouragement and discernment to mentor church leaders, promote reconciliation, and help conflicted churches and organizations regain the unity they need to advance God’s kingdom.

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Patti Damiani

Patti is a Certified Life and Leadership Coach with Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI) as well as with International Coach Federation ICC). She is also a Certified Relational Wisdom Instructor with RW360.
In 2006, Patti and her husband, Lou, founded Anchor Point Ministry to help church leaders and their congregations become spiritually strong and relationally healthy. A feature of her work has been coaching church ministry leaders in relational wisdom and conflict resolution skills since 2013. Since 2018, she also began to train and coach in Relational Wisdom in the marketplace utilizing Values Based Relational Wisdom.
Her passion is to merge Relational Wisdom training with coaching to enable individuals and work teams to gain healthy relational team dynamics for greater personal growth and corporate productivity. She became increasingly passionate about coaching the more she experienced how much teaching became transformational when partnered with coaching.
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Stephen Garner

Stephen is the founder and owner of Peace Like a River Mediation Services, LLC, where he has conducted court-connected mediations, workers’ compensation mediations, Christian conciliations and conflict coaching since 1999. He has over 40 years of experience as an attorney, and over 24 years of experience as a mediator. He is a lawyer and the owner of his law firm, Murphy & Garner, LLC. He has been a frequent continuing legal education speaker on the topic of mediation.

Stephen has been married to his wife, Terri, for over 39 years. They are members of Midway Baptist Church in Villa Rica, GA, where he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, President of the Corporation, Chairman of the Leadership Advisory Team, and is a member the Finance Committee. He is currently in the process of setting up and training a Peace Sowers Team at his church.

He has participated in the Summer Professional Skills Program at Pepperdine University School of Law on several occasions, and recently underwent training for mediations on the Zoom platform in the course Strategic and Best Practices for Remote Mediation. While he prefers in-person conflict coaching and mediation sessions, he is comfortable utilizing the Zoom platform, which he has done many times.
Stephen’s credentials include: Registered Civil Mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution; Member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and The Georgia Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators; and recognition by Super Lawyers for Georgia 2017-2023.

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Don Hicks

Dr. Donald Hicks is the Founder & President of Church Health Solutions (churchhealthsolutions.com), an author, senior pastor, senior transitional pastor, professor, author, pastoral counselor, complex church Conflict mediator/arbitrator, church health consultant, conference speaker, facilitator, former Director of The Peaceful Church Initiative at Church Law Institute. His experience uniquely qualifies him as one of the leading authorities on complex church conflict mediation and resolution, church health, pastor termination, interventionalists in complex church conflict/crisis, and transitional pastor ministry. Over a Hundred churches and thousands of church leaders have been encouraged by his preaching, teaching, coaching, consulting, mediation, arbitration, training seminars, and Christian conciliation skills to strengthen pastors, elders, deacons, churches, and communities. See more at Don’s YouTube channel.

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Dave Mikulsky

Dave Mikulsky is from Mitchell, IN, and is currently serving as the Pastoral Care pastor at First Baptist Church in Mitchell, IN. He also works for Dave Ramsey Solutions of Franklin, TN, as an Endorsed Local Provider in the Midwest. Dave has been a Certified Relational Wisdom Instructor since 2018 and currently serves on the RW360 Board of Directors. He has led RW seminars and workshops in small community groups, Sunday school settings, larger church gatherings and retreats throughout the United States. He has also presented this material in public schools and other business settings. Prior to vocational ministry, for 32 years Dave has enjoyed a successful career as both an agent, and later as the Midwest Regional Director of Marketing with a national insurance company. He is a certified biblical counselor through ACBC and a certified counselor with IABC. Dave has been married to Carol for 39 years and has three married children and eight grandchildren.
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Leslie Pair

Leslie Pair serves as the Campus Experience/Connections Director for Midway Church. Along with serving at Midway Church for over 15 years, she also has experience with grief after losing her husband of 28 years to cancer. Following this time, she began teaching Grief Share for Midway and leading a ministry for other widows that she affectionately calls “The W”. Leslie has two adult daughters and is a Granny to Reya, her granddaughter. Leslie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling.  Leslie looks forward to meeting you and helping you see how RW can help break down barriers in your relationships dealing with grief.

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Allison Pickering

Allison is a conciliator with Crossroads Resolution Group, serving individuals, marriages, families, churches and ministry organizations. She is a highly experienced conciliator, counselor, consultant, speaker and instructor of conflict resolution skills.

Allison’s work with very complex marriage, family, church and organizational conflict cases, gives her valuable insight into and experience in identifying key places that can move conflict resolution forward. Allison has a background of ministry experience which includes 18 years with an international campus ministry as well as serving in a key role on three church planting teams which contributes to her ability to understand the perspective of individuals in conflict as well as the structures and priorities of organizations and churches. She is certified as a Relational Wisdom Instructor and is also a Certified Christian Conciliator™.

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Bill Ratliff

Bill Ratliff’s law practice has been principally in the area of commercial litigation and insurance defense. He has represented individuals, financial institutions, manufacturers, construction companies, insurance companies and other types of corporate clients in both state and federal court. He also has extensive experience representing creditors in workouts and in bankruptcy proceedings.

Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree in corporate finance and graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1981. He worked with the Birmingham firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal until 1988. At that time, he joined Dale Wallace and Bert Jordan to practice law. They have been partners or members of the same firm for over 20 years. He is admitted to practice law before all Alabama federal district courts and all Alabama state courts. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Birmingham Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Bill now focuses exclusively on alternative dispute resolution, both as a mediator and an arbitrator. Bill is a certified mediator with the American Arbitration Association, serves on the roster for the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution. He is also a Certified Christian Conciliation.

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Colin Sauskojus

I am passionate about building relationships and guiding people toward their highest potential. I thrive on collaborating with people excited about their ideas and love to learn from their unique perspectives. As the co-founder of Rail//Line Coffee: A Redemptive Coffeehouse, our vision was to create a community space that served my neighborhood and invested in young adults with barriers to employment. It provided opportunities for them to move into sustainable and meaningful work and flourishing relationships. 

Currently, I am a part of the team at Relational Wisdom 360, a non-profit that teaches and equips individuals to have stronger, healthier, and more resilient relationships. Through RW360, we hope to help Christians develop strong, enduring, and appealing relationships that display the transforming power of the gospel and draw people to Christ. My approach is grounded in servant-leadership and centered on valuing each individual for their unique personhood and gifting. 

I hold a BS in Environmental Systems Science and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. When I’m not at work, I enjoy rock climbing, finding solace in the Beartooth Mountain Range, biking downtown with my wife and kids, or enjoying a book in my hammock. My life is a testament to the transformative power of Christ and the restoration of love, hope, joy, and light he brings to the world. 

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Steven Schneider

Pastor Steve Schneider has served as Director of Pastoral Counseling at Midway Church in Villa Rica, Georgia since 2014.  He also co-leads Midway’s Peace Sower Team and directs all of Midway’s foster care, adoption, and at-risk family initiatives.  Steve has completed – and taught -RW360’s  Relational Wisdom and Relational Peacemaking courses and is also a Georgia  Registered Neutral and serves Carroll County Courts as a Mediator for Domestic Relations and General/Civil cases.  He works as a Christian Conciliator and private Mediator with Peace Like A River Mediation Services in Bremen, GA.  A graduate of Liberty University with a M.A. in Theological Studies, Pastor Steve also served for seven years as Chaplain with Tanner Health Systems and for several years co-hosted a weekly Christian radio program on marriage, parenting and families with his wife, Tina.  Today they reside in Carrollton, GA and enjoy time with their six grown children & spouses and three grandsons.

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Tim Sellers

Tim is the President of PeacePoint, a Christian conflict and dispute resolution ministry formed in 1999. He became a Certified Christian Conciliator in 2000. Since his certification, he has mediated and arbitrated complex cases involving family, business, employment, construction, and organizational conflicts and disputes. He teaches Biblical peacemaking principles and trains others to serve as peace advocates in their churches and communities. Tim is the Director of the RECONCILE ministry at Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone, North Carolina, and is also the author of PEACEMAKING – A Field Manual.

Tim practiced business, construction, and real estate law in North and South Carolina with Sellers, Ayers, Dortch, and Lyons, P.A. for 43 years until his retirement in 2023. He has held Martindale-Hubbell’s highest Peer Review Rating since 1999, and his peers designated him a “Super Lawyer” six times. In 2010, he was inducted into Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame. He remains an Emeritus Fellow in the College of Community Association Lawyers, which recognizes attorneys in the United States who have distinguished themselves in community association law.

Tim graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Davidson College. He resides with his wife, Charlene, in the North Carolina mountains.

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Daniel Teater

Daniel Teater, President of Live at Peace Ministries, holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. Daniel also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Missouri Baptist University. Daniel draws on his previous pastoral experience in coaching ministry leaders and consulting with churches to work through organizational and relational issues to promote healthy gospel-shaped culture. Daniel is passionate about serving people in unhealthy relational dynamics through counseling, conciliating, educating, teaching, and preaching. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and completed his certification as a Certified Christian Conciliator™ with the ICC Peace. Daniel has been married for fifteen years to his wife and has four children. Daniel and his wife have had the privilege of fostering seven children since 2012 and were overjoyed to welcome the seventh permanently into their family through adoption in 2016.

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Glenn Waddell

Glenn Waddell is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for EverSource Wealth Advisors in Birmingham, Alabama, where he also leads the firm’s Family Dynamics & Dispute Resolution Services practice. 

For the past 33 years, Glenn has practiced law, taught, and served in ministry leadership positions. While in private practice, he was a partner at Balch & Bingham and later at Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt in Birmingham.  In addition, Glenn served as a regional director for Peacemaker Ministries and as president of Birmingham Theological Seminary.  He regularly taught courses on Christian conciliation as an adjunct professor at the Cumberland School of Law and in 2008 and 2010 at the Handong International Law School in Pohang, South Korea.

Glenn is a PCA Ruling Elder, past moderator of Evangel Presbytery, and member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.  For eleven years, Glenn coordinated the discipline process at a 4,000+ member PCA church.  His M.A. Thesis at RTS focused on the meaning of Matthew 18:17b in its historical and literary context and its application in the church today.                                                                              

Glenn has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a law degree from the University of Alabama, as well as a Master of Arts from Reformed Theological Seminary. The consistent thread throughout his career has been a focus on helping individuals and organizations resolve complex disputes and restore relationships.  Glenn has been married to Mary Ann since 1989 and they have four adult children and three of the sweetest, most beautiful grandchildren ever born.

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Rankin Wilbourne

Rankin (B.A. University of Mississippi, M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary) has been a pastor for over two decades, serving in a variety of contexts, including as lead pastor in Los Angeles, and assistant pastor in the Northeast, South and, most recently, the Midwest. Before becoming a pastor, he worked in corporate banking for several years. He’s written two award-winning books and is keenly interested in emotional health, wholehearted discipleship, and building bridges from the Bible to our modern concerns.

He loves sports, including coaching his three children’s teams. He’s married to Morgen and their family resides on a farm in Indiana.

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Todd Wright

Todd Wright’s four decades of ministry gives him a wealth of resourceful insight, and his calling compels him to invest it in others. His authenticity and relatable demeanor help him connect to people from all walks of life.

He has served more than 27 years as the Lead Pastor of Midway Church in Villa Rica, Georgia, a historic institution boasting a legacy of 176 years. Under Todd’s visionary leadership, the congregation has experienced remarkable growth, transitioning from a modest 200 attendees to a vibrant weekly assembly of over 2500 worshippers. Throughout his tenure, Todd has effectively navigated the many challenges that confront churches, ensuring that Midway Church remains a thriving faith community for many years to come. Notably, in 2007, Midway achieved recognition as the Fastest Growing Church in the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Todd has been a radio voice to help listeners in West Georgia and East Alabama “Keep Life in Focus” since January 2011.

Dedicated to the development of fellow church leaders world-wide, Todd has embarked on 70 journeys to 40 different countries across Central and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Presently, Todd is at the forefront of a Leadership Succession Plan for Midway Church, guiding them through the transition to embrace a new Lead Pastor. In his ongoing commitment to the church’s mission, he will continue as a Teaching Pastor and Global Leadership Pastor.

Todd is the author of four books:

  • THREE WORDS AND A KISS: A Guide to Effective Self-Leadership (2022)
  • KEEPING LIFE INFOCUS: 365 Motivational Minutes (2020)
  • JOURNEYS: Transitioning Churches to Relevance (2008)(Out of Print)

Todd and his wife Lisa live in Roopville, Ga. They have 2 married birth daughters, 1 gift daughter, and 6 grandchildren.

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Chip Zimmer

He began his international work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal during the 1970s. After graduating from law school, he spent six years as the Executive Director of the Christian Conciliation Service of Puget Sound in Seattle, then joined the U.S. State Department in 1990 and served in diplomatic posts in Africa and Latin America. 

In 2001 Chip joined Peacemaker Ministries, eventually becoming Vice President of Global Ministries. Chip came to RW360 in 2015, where he continues to use his broad relational and cross-cultural experience to serve the global Christian community, receiving outstanding praise for his teaching. Chip also served for many years as an Adjunct Professor in the Peace Studies doctoral program at the International Graduate School of Leadership in Manila, Philippines, a program he helped establish in 2007.

Workshops:

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Pre-Conference Training

Purpose: Introduction to Coaching training will equip you to meet with friends, coworkers or relatives for an informal personal conversation, perhaps over coffee or a meal, in which you assist them in discerning and planning ways they can make wise life choices, strengthen specific relational skills or restore a strained relationship by applying relevant principles of relational wisdom or biblical peacemaking.

These coaching skills can be used informally with friends, family and coworkers, and are especially helpful to pastors, church leaders and business managers who want to help others improve their relational skills and learn how to make wise choices on their own.

This training provides a brief introduction to the four-step RW Coaching Paradigm and shows how it can be applied in a variety of life situations. It will also help you to evaluate how relevant these skills are to your life and to decide whether to continue with further coaching training.

Cost: $115

Prerequisites: Complete either Discovering Relational Wisdom 3.0 or Relational Peacemaking, either online through the RW Academy or by leading a group study of one of these courses, which are available through the RW360 Bookstore.

Evening Reception: An informal reception will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm to allow time for personal introductions and fellowship.

Schedule:

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Schedule: Practicum begins at 8:30 am and ends at 4 pm. 

Purpose: Introduction to Coaching training will equip you to meet with friends, coworkers or relatives for an informal personal conversation, perhaps over coffee or a meal, in which you assist them in discerning and planning ways they can make wise life choices, strengthen specific relational skills or restore a strained relationship by applying relevant principles of relational wisdom or biblical peacemaking.

These coaching skills can be used informally with friends, family and coworkers, and are especially helpful to pastors, church leaders and business managers who want to help others improve their relational skills and learn how to make wise choices on their own.

This training provides a brief introduction to the four-step RW Coaching Paradigm and shows how it can be applied in a variety of life situations. It will also help you to evaluate how relevant these skills are to your life and to decide whether to continue with further coaching training.

Cost: $115 | Practicum: 6 hours

Prerequisites: Complete either Discovering Relational Wisdom 3.0 or Relational Peacemaking, either online through the RW Academy or by leading a group study of one of these courses, which are available through the RW360 Bookstore.

Evening Reception: An informal reception will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm to allow time for personal introductions and fellowship.

Friday, April 19, 2024

The conference begins at 8 am with worship and a keynote address by Ken Sande, followed by several workshop sessions and a keynote address by Sandy Wilson. We will break for dinner at 4 pm. A catered dinner will be provided at 5 pm. At 7 pm, we will gather for worship and a keynote address by Thomas Hammond.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

The day begins at 8 am with worship and a keynote address by Tim Laniak, followed by several workshop sessions and a catered lunch. Kevin Rivers will provide a keynote address at 1 pm, and the confereence will close at 2 pm. 

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Who can I contact for information or assistance before or during the conference?

Corlette Sande | Director of Ministry Relations | corlette@rw360.org | 406-294-6806 (mobile available during conference)

Colin Sauskojus | Director of Training and Networking |colin@rw360.org | 406-294-6806 (mobile available during conference)

Where can I learn more about RW360's history, mission, resources and strategic partners?

When does the conference begin and end?

The conference is scheduled for April 18-20.

The pre-conference training is scheduled for tbd.

The main conference is scheduled to begin Thursday evening.

The conference will end on Saturday afternoon.

How do you define relational wisdom, peacemaking, coaching, conciliation and Peace Sower Team?

RW360 provides training in four major disciplines.

Relational Wisdom, in essence, is the desire and ability to obey Jesus’ timeless command, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart … and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37-39). To put it another way, relational wisdom (RW) is a theological paradigm that combines the gospel, the wisdom-principles of scripture and our God-given capacity for “emotional intelligence” into a discipleship paradigm for developing skills that strengthen relationships and prevent conflict (dig deeper here).

Biblical Peacemaking is a systematic theology for resolving conflict and reconciling people. This training is based on Ken Sande’s book, The Peacemaker, which has sold over 500,000 copies in 20 languages and is organized under four key principles (the “4 G’s”): Glorify God, Get the Log Out of Your Own Eye, Gently Restore and Go and Be Reconciled (dig deeper here).

RW Life Coaching is a specialized form of “life coaching” that focuses on assisting individuals to accelerate the growth of the six core disciplines of relational wisdom in order to build stronger and more meaningful relationships and to “get upstream of future conflict.”

Conflict coaching assists others to resolve existing conflicts personally and privately by applying the principles of relational wisdom and peacemaking .

Christian Conciliation is a process for resolving disputes between Christians in a biblically faithful manner. This process may involve conflict coaching (advising individuals how to resolve a dispute personally and privately), mediation (meeting with both parties to improve understanding and facilitate a voluntary agreement) or arbitration (a trusted individual resolves a conflict by rendering a binding decision). These processes are described in detail in Guiding People Through Conflict and the Handbook for Christian Conciliation.

Peace Sower Teams are comprised of volunteer instructors, coaches and conciliators who serve their church or ministry by equipping and assisting others to practice relational wisdom and peacemaking in their daily lives, thereby addressing relational issues before they require pastoral counseling or intervention (see details here).

To learn more about RW360’s training options in each of these areas, see RW360 Training and Certification Program.

Is there an advantage to registering now?

Yes. Early indications are that we will have a full house this year, so registering soon will reserve your place.

Do you offer a group discount?

Yes. To encourage churches and ministries to begin developing a Peace Sower Team, we provide a discount for groups of 3 or more people from the same church or organization. 

Will there be a preconference?

Yes, there will be a full day of pre-conference training on an Introduction to Coaching. This training will equip you to meet with a friend, coworker or relative for an informal personal conversation, perhaps over coffee or a meal, in which you assist him or her in discerning and planning ways that he or she can strengthen specific relational skills or restore a strained relationship by applying relevant principles of relational wisdom or biblical peacemaking.

This training provides a brief introduction to the four-step RW Coaching Paradigm and shows how it can be applied in a variety of life situations. It will also help you to evaluate how relevant these skills are to your life and to decide whether to continue with further coaching training.

This training fulfills the requirements for an Introduction to Coaching Certificate™ and is similar to the web-based practicum available through the RW Academy.  Since this preconference training is conducted in person with a larger group of students, however, it will be even more dynamic and interactive. This event will also include lunch, where you can build relationships with people who share your interest in peacemaking and coaching.

For more information on our Coaching Training Program, please see our Academic Catalog.

How can I get printed handouts for the conference keynotes and workshops?

You will receive a printed study guide with all workshop handouts at check in.

What is your refund policy?

Refunds, minus a $40 administrative fee (per ticket), are available through Monday, April 15, 2023. After this date, no refunds will be given. To request a refund, please contact customer service at mail@rw360.org. The Eventbrite processing fee is not refundable.

Is the conference wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the conference is wheelchair accessible.

What meals are included in my registration?

Conference registration includes two catered lunches (Friday and Saturday) and a catered dinner on Friday.

Are there hotels near the church?

Yes, several Hotels are available within a short distance from the church and are listed here.

What is the best way to drive from the Atlanta airport to Villa Rica?

If you are flying into Atlanta, you will need to arrange your own transportation from the airport to the church, which takes approximately one hour. You can avoid heavy traffic on the major highways by taking Highway 29 south as you leave the car rental area and turning onto the South Fulton Parkway two miles later. The scenic parkway eventually turns into the Caps Ferry Road. Two miles later, turn left on Highway 166. Six miles later, turn right onto Jones Miller Road, which will take you to Moss Ferry Road and eventually Highway 61, which leads into Villa Rica.

What is the weather like in April and what should I wear?

We normally expect sunshiny days with daytime temperatures averaging 71 °F in April, but evenings cool down to around 51 °F, so bring a jacket and plan to layer if you plan to stroll around in the morning or evening.

During the conference itself you may wear whatever is comfortable for you. Our gatherings are informal, so many people will be dressed in business casual or blue jeans. If you want to dress up a bit, however, please do so.

What advance study is recommended for the conference?

Most of the conference workshops will be built on the foundational principles of relational wisdom and biblical peacemaking. Therefore, in order to understand and integrate the concepts presented in these workshops, attendees are encouraged to complete one of these advance study plans:

None of the advanced study is required for attendance, but you find much of the training at the conference to be easier to understand if you do some of this training beforehand. 

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