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ABOUT

Dr. Kenneth C. Newberger, is author of the book, "Hope in the Face of Conflict: Making Peace with Others the Way God Makes Peace with Us." He is President of the Institute for Reconciliation and Peacemaker Training.  Ken is a leading authority on preventing and resolving church conflict as well as promoting congregational health.

Ken, a former pastor, earned his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University.  He serves as a conflict resolution practitioner, trainer, coach, and keynote speaker. He has taught masters-level university classes in conflict resolution, establishes in-house conflict management systems for churches, and intervenes in disputes ranging from two-party to congregational.

Ken has an active marital mediation and reconciliation practice in Southwest Florida.  Learn more at: www.MarriageCounselingAlt.com.

On a personal note, Ken was raised in a Jewish home and lived in Israel on two different occasions before coming to faith in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah.  He is married and has three sons. Click here to read his testimony, "So What's a Nice Jewish Boy Like You Doing as Pastor of a Local Church?"

Why Peacemaking (in the first person)
Serious conflict emerged in my 10th year of pastoral ministry.  It was my second church.  Without going into the details, suffice it to say that when the matter was over I said to myself, "There has to be a better way to resolve conflict than this."  The trajectory of my career took an unexpected turn as I sought to find that better way.

My investigation uncovered, among other things, that church conflict is all too common.  Given my research, my own interactions with churches across denominations, and conversations with hundreds of people, it has become quite evident to me that churches do not handle conflict very well.  They have not had an all-inclusive approach to conflict resolution to guide them.

Thatís the bad news. Here's the good news.  When I started down this new path, I assumed that there had to be a better way.  Today, I can confidently say there is!  It is called, "The Judeo-Christian Model of Peacemaking."  When applied to church settings, it will promote congregational health, fellowship, and growth.

Photo of Dr. Ken Newberger

Ken has been interviewed on these programs
2011
WMUZ
Detroit, MI
KRKS
Denver, CO
2010
WMBI Moody Radio
Chicago, IL
"Time for Hope" syndicated tv program
Spartanburg, SC
Sharon Lockett Show
Laguna Niguel, CA
WMPH
Norfolk, VA
WHKW
Cleveland, OH
WTLN
Orlando, FL
Doug Noll Show
Clovis, CA
WKTO
New Smyrna Beach, FL
CJCA
Edmonton, Canada
Lifetalk Radio
Collegedale, TN
KPSZ
Des Moines, IA
WCTS
Minneapolis, MN
WGRC
Lewisburg, PA
WMUZ
Detroit, MI
KPDQ
Portland, OR
Viewpoint Radio
Richmond, VA
WTLN
Orlando, FL
KNEO
Neosho, MO
WMUZ
Detroit, MI
WWJC
Duluth, MN
2009
Debbie Chavez Show
Bellingham, WA
WPOS
Holland, OH
KCYC
Yuba City, CA
WAFG
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
WAGO
Goldsboro, NC

Ken's has written articles for or has been quoted in:
- Ministry Today Magazine
- The Answer Newspaper
- Church Solutions Magazine
- Guideposts.com
- The Ambassador Newspaper
- Mediate.com
- The Church Report Magazine
- Monday Morning Insight


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