Suffering and Conflict in the Lives of Redemptive Change Agents

October 19-21, 2017 (St Paul, MN)


Special Note: There will be a free public session at 7 pm on Friday night, October 20, at which Bob Osburn will speak on his “Five Part Cultural Transformation Model for Redemptive Change Agents.”


Jesus reminded His followers, who He was training as disciples, that they would have trouble in the world.  Persecution will multiply, misunderstandings will mushroom, pain will arise when we least need it, and those we love dearest may betray us.  "Take heart!" Jesus says, "I have overcome the world!" (John 16:33).  

  • How can we develop the confidence of an overcomer?
  • Why does the promotion of redemptive change provoke opposition?
  • How have others responded to suffering and attacks?
  • How does Jesus cultivate in us a resilient, perseverant spirit that never gives up?
  • What practical skills can we develop in order to become more effective redemptive change agents in the face of opposition?

Criteria for Admission

This is an invitation-only program designed to convene Wilberforce Academy Fellows and other program participants from around the world for the purpose of enhancing their capacities as redemptive change agents.  We will do this by:

  1. Offering nine supplemental training session that will augment their existing body of knowledge as redemptive change agents
  2.  Helping them to identify each other as peer resources as redemptive change agents.
  3. Providing  free or low cost resources (books, CDs, etc.)


There is no charge to participate in this invitation-only conference, that will also include breakfasts and lunches.  For those attending the pubic session on Friday evening, a free-will offering will be taken.

Laptop tests

As in 2015, the Academy will provide personnel who will undertake free diagnostic checks and make simple upgrades and improvements to attendees' laptops (both PCs and Macs).  This service is exclusively provided to international-background participants in Wilberforce Academy programs.


Knox International Center
1536 W. Minnehaha Ave, St Paul
(One block south of the Hamline University campus. See map.)

Program Schedule

Thursday, October 19, 2017
8:00 am            Prayer
8:30 am            Breakfast at Knox Center (Courtesy of Glenn and Sharon Bratt)
9:00 am            Seminar: Representing Christ in Challenging Institutional Environments (speaker to be announced)
9:50 am            Seminar: The Big Picture: What is Happening in Wilberforce Academy? (Bob Osburn)   
12:00 pm          Lunch at Knox Center (Courtesy of Global Horizons, Inc)
1:30 pm            Seminar: Exercising Our Faith amongst Society’s Left Behind People: Challenges and Lessons  (Kie Eng Goh )
3:00 pm            Workshop: TBD
3:45 pm            Workshop: TBD
4:30 pm            Seminar: Report from the Nations II
5:30 pm            Dinner with host family

Friday, October 20, 2017
8:00 am            Prayer
8:30 am            Breakfast at Knox Center (Courtesy of Glenn and Sharon Bratt)
9:00 am            Seminar: Recognizing and Unmasking the Dark Realities Behind Power (Dr. Philemon Yong)
9:50 am            Workshop: Resolving Conflict in Conflict-Prone Situations (Panel discussion)
12:00 pm          Lunch at Knox Center (Courtesy of Park Cafe of Minneapolis)
1:30 pm            Workshop: Managing Finances for Personal Flourishing and Kingdom Advancement in a World of Corruption (panel discussion)
3:00 pm            Workshop: TBD
3:45 pm            Workshop: Team-Building
5:30 pm            Dinner at Knox Center
7:00 pm            Public Lecture by Dr. Bob Osburn: The Five Part Transformation Model for Redemptive Change Agents

Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:30 am            Breakfast at Knox Center
9:00 am           Seminar: Exercising Our Faith as Redemptive Change Agents (Waihon Liew)
9:45 am            Commissioning
12:00 pm          Lunch at Knox Center
1:00 pm            Depart Knox Center

Topics to be Addressed at the Summit

  • Cross-cultural conflict and resolution
  • Political conflict at the state and local level
  • Personal temptation (including corruption)
  • Marriage and family conflict
  • Conflict resolution and peacemaking
  • Spiritual warfare and spiritual disciplines
  • Public speaking and presentation skills, especially with hostile audience
  • Cultural transformation model
  • Team-building

For more information: Waihon Liew (click)  Call 612-836-8306