Monday, July 2, 2012

GPTS Summer Institute on Conflict Resolution

"Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there will be conflict." At least, that’s how some are wont to paraphrase the verse. Of course, any careful look at life in the church confirms this to be true. Yet, our Lord says that the world has a right to judge the genuineness of our faith by our love for one another. Conflict, and how we handle it, will therefore, of necessity be an important part of ministry in Christ’s church. Today's pastors and counselors frequently cite "Conflict Resolution" as a growing concern in their ministries. That subject, subtitled "Exploring Ways to Prevent,  Shepherd and Redeem Conflict in the Church," will be the topic of the 2012 GPTS Summer Institute July 30-August 3.

Together we’ll explore the roots of conflict and focus on methods to deal with it biblically. Preventing unnecessary trouble as well as preparing to handle it personally, pastorally and institutionally will be our focus. We will also examine the principles, attitudes and commitments of Scripture that enable us to be good stewards of the conflicts that God chooses to send our way. Shepherding God’s flock through such periods, so that they become periods of blessing and growth, will be our goal. You will be equipped with practical materials and skills to deal with conflict in the church redemptively. [DOWNLOAD BROCHURE]

Dr. Kevin Backus, pastor of Grand Island Bible Presbyterian Church in New York, who has done much training and teaching in the area of biblical counseling and conflict resolution, will be teaching this week-long course. Mark your calendars now, and plan to join us for this informative time of training.

Tuition for the Summer Institute is $225. The conference schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, July 30: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 31-Aug. 1-2: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 3: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For more information and late registration, visit www.gpts.edu/pastors. For recommended textbooks, go here.

Also on the summer schedule is our summer theology course, to be held July 23-27. Dr. Morton Smith will again teach his popular course, Studies in Southern Presbyterian Theology. These lectures continue to be a favorite among students, elders, and Christians of all ages. The course is popular because it covers a wide range of topics through the instrumentality of those most interesting and sometimes controversial Southern Presbyterians.

For recommended books, go here.

The dates and times for the classes are as follows:
  • Monday, July 23: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 24 - July 26: 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 27: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.