September 9-11, 2021

(Registration price includes meals)
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ACBC Counselors and Counseling Ministry Directors, make plans to join us
for The School of Mediation.

Why attend?

  • To learn not only about reconciliation, but how to lead a mediation; extended role-play sessions and practices are included.
  • To see how rich the Bible and gospel are in relation to reconciliation (Ephesians 4:1-3).
  • To benefit from skilled mediators, Ernie Baker and Robert Jones, who will provide mentored supervision as well as give feedback during the sessions.
  • To add the tool of mediation to your "counseling tool belt."
  • To meet the requirements for the ACBC’s reconciliation specialization (excluding the exams).



The School of Mediation equipped me to complete the Reconciliation Specialization through ACBC (my original goal). But even more, it gave me a solid and logical framework for counseling people work through the process of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Adding mediation skills and practices to those principles helped equip me to serve others in situations that I previously may have seen as hopeless or too difficult. The hands-on role plays were the most helpful and realistic role plays I have ever been a part of. Dr. Baker and Dr. Jones not only know their material, they both have the heart of a genuine peacemaker.

I must admit, when I first considered attending the School of Mediation, though I was excited about it, I wondered how immediately applicable it would be. I was pleased and surprised that what we learned that weekend was not only something that would serve us greatly in the future but it was immediately applicable to 4 couples we were already working with. Working through confession, repentance and forgiveness with these people was so rewarding. We have witnessed couples seek and grant forgiveness that have held those things against each other for nearly two decades. Thanks for the wonderful tools!


Ernie Baker Dr. Ernie Baker Ernie has the privilege of serving as Pastor of Counseling and Discipleship at First Baptist of Jacksonville where he helps oversee pastoral care and The Grace Center for Biblical Counseling.

Ernie has been in ministry since 1980 and has the privilege of serving as Pastor of Counseling and Discipleship at First Baptist of Jacksonville where he oversees Pastoral Care and The Grace Center for Biblical Counseling. He received his M.Div. from Capital Bible Seminary, and his D.Min. in Pastoral Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Baker has been in ministry since 1980.


He is a Certified Conciliator with The Institute for Christian Conciliation and teaches a number of conflict resolution courses along with doing conciliation. He is also a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, a Council Board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, and has the privilege of chairing the online BA in biblical counseling for The Master’s University, plus teaches in the undergrad and graduate programs.


Ernie is the author of: Marry Wisely, Marry Well; a blueprint for personal preparation (Shepherd Press); Help! I’m in a Conflict (Shepherd Press); contributing author to Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (Harvest House); Scripture and Counseling, God’s Word for Life in a Broken World (Zondervan); Men Counseling Men (Harvest House); Biblical Counseling and the Church, God’s Help Through God’s People (Zondervan); What Happened in the Garden, the Reality and Ramifications of the Fall (Kregel) and numerous journal and magazine articles.

Robert Jones Dr. Robert D. Jones Robert currently serves as the Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Southern, Jones served for 19 years as a pastor in West Virginia and then 12 years as a professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jones is a certified counselor, fellow, and speaker with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors; a certified Christian conciliator, adjunct instructor, and church reconciliation trainer with the Institute for Christian Conciliation; a founding member of the Council Board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition; and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

He has written Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem and Pursuing Peace: A Christian Guide to Handling Our Conflicts, along with seven mini-books (Angry at God?, Forgiveness, Bad Memories, Restoring Your Broken Marriage, Single Parenting, Freedom from Resentment, and When Trouble Shows Up), four chapters in multi-author counseling books, and over a dozen published articles and book review on counseling and pastoral ministry. He holds a B.A. from The King’s College; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary; and a D.Theol., University of South Africa.


Thursday, September 9
8:00-9:00 AM Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00-9:15 AM Welcome
9:15-10:15 AM Session 1
A Paradigm for Analyzing Conflict (Causes, Categories, Consequences) - Part 1
10:15-10:30 AM Break
10:30-11:30 AM Session 2
A Paradigm for Analyzing Conflict - Part 2
11:30 AM-12:00 PM Practice Session 1
12:00-12:45 PM Lunch
12:45-1:45 PM Session 3
A Paradigm for Analyzing Conflict - Part 3
1:45-2:00 PM Break
2:00-3:00 PM Session 4
Introduction to Mediation/Arbitration and Mediation Methodology – Part 1
3:00-3:15 PM Break
3:15-4:15 PM Session 5
Introduction to Mediation/Arbitration and Mediation Methodology – Part 2
4:15-4:30 PM Break
4:30-5:30 PM Session 6
Introduction to Mediation/Arbitration and Mediation Methodology – Part 3
5:30-6:30 PM Dinner
6:30-7:30 PM Session 7
Legal Issues, Forms and Mediation/Arbitration
7:30-8:30 PM Practice
Friday, September 10
8:00-9:00 AM Light Breakfast
9:00-10:00 AM Session 8
Framework for Reconciliation – Part 1
10:00-10:15 AM Break
10:15-11:15 AM Session 9
Framework for Reconciliation – Part 2
11:15-11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM-12:30 PM Session 10
Confession and Repentance
12:30-1:15 PM Lunch
1:15-2:15 PM Session 11
Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Rebuilding Trust – Part 1
2:15-2:30 PM Break
2:30-3:30 PM Session 12
Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Rebuilding Trust – Part 2
3:30-3:45 PM Break
3:45-4:45 PM Session 13
Conflict Resolution Strategies for Families
4:45-6:15 PM Dinner
(with role play partner and planning for mediation role play)
6:15-7:15 PM Session 14
Conflict Resolution Strategies for Churches (Building a Culture of Peace)
7:15-7:30 PM Break
7:30-8:30 PM Session 15
Pursuing Peace When Others Refuse to Change
8:30-9:00 PM Skills Practice
Saturday, September 11
8:00-9:00 AM Light Breakfast
9:00 AM-12:00 PM Mediation Role Play 1
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-4:00 PM Mediation Role Play 2