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 that confidence of the overcomer?
  • Why does the promotion of redemptive change provoke opposition?
  • Have have others responded to suffering and attacks?
  • How does Jesus cultivate in us a resilient, perseverant spirit that never gives up?

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.


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
9:00 am            Seminar: What Are Our Goals in Wilberforce Academy? (Bob Osburn)   
9:45 am            Seminar: Report from the Nations I
12:00 pm          Lunch at Knox Center
1:30 pm            Workshop: Exercising Our Faith as Redemptive Change Agents
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
9:00 am            Seminar: TBD
10:30 am          Seminar: Report from the Nations III
12:00 pm          Lunch at Knox Center
1:30 pm            Workshop: TBD
3:00 pm            Workshop: TBD
3:45 pm            Workshop: Team-Building
5:30 pm            Dinner at Knox Center
7:00 pm            (Public event) 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            Workshop: Team-Building II
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