2017 Annual Conference
June 22-24, 2017
Maritime Conference Center
Linthicum Heights, Maryland
Presenter: Ted Kober
Senior Ambassador with Ambassadors of Reconciliation (AoR). Since AoR's founding, he served as President until 2015. Ted has published articles, Bible studies, devotions, and books Confession & Forgiveness (CPH, 2002) and Cultivating Lifestyles of Reconciliation (co-authored with Ken Sande; AoR, 2009). He teaches in church-worker conferences, schools, universities, and seminaries, and as an adjunct instructor for Peacemaker Ministries (USA) and PeaceWise (Australia). He has equipped church body leaders from more than 35 countries, teaching and consulting on six continents. A Certified Christian Conciliator™ since 1992, he consults and conciliates in cases ranging from personal disputes to lawsuits and church conflicts. A lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Billings, Montana, he occasionally plays organ for worship. He and wife Sonja live in Billings. They have one son and two grandchildren.
TOPIC: Go and Be reconciled: What Does This Mean?
Our conference will offer a six-part study on reconciling relationships and resolving conflict. It reflects on the biblical teaching for reconciliation while reviewing the six chief parts of Christian doctrine from Luther's Small Catechism. In the year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation this seems a fitting focus for our conference.
The study answers "What does this mean?" through two parts: "Be Reconciled to God" and "Be Reconciled to Others."
Attachment: The cross illustrates these two parts.
Pastors will find this study immediately practical for interim ministry. Participants learn practical ways to apply their Christian faith in family, business, legal, and church conflicts. Since all children of God are called to be peacemakers, this Bible study is appropriate for every Christian. Church leaders will find this resource especially helpful for themselves as well as assisting others to respond to conflict in a biblically faithful manner.
Interim Pastors will be able to purchase and present this study to the churches they serve. A Leader's Pack will be available including PowerPoint and video clips.
In his final presentation, Ted will preview his book Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation (to be published by CPH in mid 2017). Based on actual experience and research, he approaches what makes a congregation healthy from a fresh perspective, offering practical ideas on strengthening the spiritual health of the church.
More information about Ambassadors of Reconciliation is available on the website www.hisaor.org.
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