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Dear Christian Friends and Partners in Ministry,

We live in a country where Christianity and racism permeates every facet of society. At one time in our country discrimination on the basis of the colour of a person’s skin was legalized and imposed on people. Historically, a system of segregation and oppression was formalised and lived out by many people over decades and although apartheid was legally ended through ballots, internal fears and prejudices continue to affect the hearts of some people. Sadly, if we look at the Church of Christ we see that racism isn’t just an issue with which people outside the church are struggling. It is a struggle that is still impacting the church and people who are part of the church.

The question then becomes how do we respond to racism? How do we help those who are being affected, knowingly or unknowingly, by racist beliefs? How do we help people who want to respond rightly to the impact of racism in their lives and be rid of hold over beliefs and practices? As Christians, we must have an answer. The 2017 Annual ACBC Conference, ‘Racism; When Colour Divides’ will address issues related to racism in a relevant and meaningful way. Failure to understand and  apply God’s plan for reconciliation between himself and finite sinful men has influenced the way people relate to other people.

The speakers at the 2017 ACBC conference will explore the biblical understanding of God, man and the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and show how an unawareness of these truths continues to fuel and motivate unbiblical beliefs and desires that energise those who see themselves as superior and/or inferior.

Some of the specific issues that will be addressed at this ACBC conference are:

  • How do we align ourselves with God’s Word and avoid the trappingsof external compliance and conformity to the views of the society in which we live?
  • How should we counsel a person whoblames his/her problems on racial discrimination.
  • Should our churches be multicultural churches? Why so?
  • How do we counsel and disciple people who have been affected by racist viewsdevelop cross racial relationships that honour God?
  • What does change look like for a person who thinks of himself/herselfas a victim of racism?
  • How does Christlikeness lead to uninterrupted and fruitful cross racial living?
  • How do we lay aside the old manner of life (Titus 3:5) and put on love, compassion and tenderness towards others?
  • What does Christlikeness look like in a multicultural body of believers.
  • Is racial equality the goal?
  • How do we counsel both the racist and the person who has experienced racism?
  • How does the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ relate to solving the problem of racism?
  • A personal testimony of someone who has experienced racism and how he handled it.
  • How does Genesis 1 – 3 relate to the problem of racism?
Please join us August 9, 10, 11 & 12 as we explore these and other important issues relating to the topic of racism.

Plenary Session Speakers

  • Dr Wayne Mack (Director of ACBC Africa) -- Dr Wayne Mack is a graduate of Wheaton College, Philadelphia Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary as well as having had extensive graduate studies at La Salle University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Wheaton Graduate School and Trinity Evangelical Seminary. Dr Mack was chairman of the graduate and undergraduate biblical counselling programme at The Master’s University and Seminary. He has been a part of ACBC since its beginning in the 1970’s, serving on its board from its inception until he came to South Africa at the end of 2005. Dr Mack has been inducted into the highest level of membership in the ACBC and is the Director of ACBC Africa. He currently serves as Elder at Lynnwood Baptist Church and has authored 26 books on various counselling issues. His most recent books are two volumes on Christian Life Issues that present basic issues in being and making disciples. These volumes contain biblical  expositions and applications of material found in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. Wayne and his wife Carol were married in 1957. They have 4 adult children, 22 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
  • Dr Nicolas Ellen -- Dr Nicolas Ellen is the Senior Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church in Houston, Texas, and a Professor of Biblical Counseling at the College of Biblical Studies. He has served in full time ministry as a Christian Education Director, Associate Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Senior Pastor for the past 19 years in the Houston, Texas area. He has also developed a biblical counseling training center called Expository Counseling Center, LLC. Dr Ellen received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, his M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, his M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Masters College, Santa Clarita, California and a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently a PHD student in Biblical Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr Ellen is a certified Biblical Counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and travels nationwide with the organization teaching biblical counseling principles. In addition, He is also a Senior Member of the Biblical Counseling Framework Association. Dr Ellen also teaches on a morning show called "Up With The Son" where he teaches various topics from God’s Word. Pastor Ellen has authored books such as Coming to Know and Walk with God, So You Want to Get Married, Happy Even After, Pursuing Godliness Through the Disciplines of the Christian Faith, With All Your Heart? Identifying and Dealing With Idolatrous Lust, Understanding and Developing a Biblical View of Life, Biblical Framework Counseling Basic Training Course, Marriage and Family Basic Training Course, The Dynamics of Biblical Counseling, Common Issues We Face in Life, Biblical Counseling Practicum, and Every Christian a Counselor. He and his wife, Venessa, have two children and four grandchildren.
  • Dr A. Charles Ware -- Dr Ware is president of Crossroads Bible College, a biblically conservative evangelical institution dedicated to training Christian leaders to a reach multiethnic urban world for Christ. Crossroads Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and recognized by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Dr Ware speaks in many venues and serves as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership. His ministry is well received by audiences of all ethnic groups. Dr Ware has authored, co-authored, and edited several books. Among these is One Race One Blood (previously published under the title Darwin’s Plantation: Evolution’s Racist Roots (Master Books, 2007). Dr Ware co-authored this book with Answers in Genesis founder and President Ken Ham. Dr Ware serves on several boards including; The Association of Baptist for World Evangelism (ABWE), The Association for Biblical higher Education (ABHE), AnchorsAway and the board of counsel for The Biblical Counseling Coalition. Dr Ware and Sharon celebrated 42 years of marriage in 2015. They have six children, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law and three grandchildren.

Breakout Session Speakers

  • Sybrand de Swardt -- Pastor Sybrand de Swardt is Pastor of Lynnwood Baptist Church in Pretoria which is part of Sola 5. He serves there with Dr Mack, and he is the Director of SMTI. Pastor Sybrand has completed his Master’s degree in Biblical Counselling from The Master’s University and is in the process of doing research for his Phd at the North West University. He has done both extensive counselling and has taught counselling related issues at SMTI.
  • Ronald Kalifungwa -- Ronald Mumba Kalifungwa. He has been in pastoral ministry for 29 years. His previous pastorates were at Fairview Reformed Baptist Church in Mufulira, Zambia and at Lynnwood Baptist Church in Pretoria, South Africa where he served for 10 and 9 years respectively. He is presently serving as pastor of Lusaka Baptist Church. His work is largely preaching in his local church in Zambia and in other parts of Africa and the world. He is also involved in training church leaders in theology, preaching and biblical counseling. His educational background includes undergraduate level training in Mechanical Engineering (Nortec); Classical Culture,Philosophy and Psychology(UNISA). He was also privileged to receive master's level training in biblical counseling (Grace School of Ministry) from Dr Wayne Mack over a two year period; he is presently studying for a Master of Divinity degree (Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary).
  • Tim Cantrell -- Tim Cantrell is Pastor-Teacher at Antioch Bible Church in Johannesburg, South Africa which is a part of Sola 5.  He is a graduate of The Master's College & Seminary, along with Potchefstroom (Northwest) University.  He is also involved with various initiatives in leadership training, church planting & church strengthening, and has a passion for biblical counselling.
  • Joshua Mack -- Dr Joshua Mack is the pastor of Living Hope Church in Pretoria, South Africa which is a part of Sola 5. He also teaches at the African Bible Training Centre and serves as the executive director of 1Hope4Africa. He has co-authored several books such as Courage: Fighting Fear with Fear and A Fight to the Death: Taking Aim at the Sin Within and is the author of Compassion: Seeing with Jesus’ Eyes. He received his M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College, M.Div from The Master’s Seminary, and D.Min from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is especially thankful for his wife Marda and his nine children.
  • Neil Anderson -- Neil Anderson has a Masters of Divinity from the Master’s Seminary USA and currently pastors Redeemer Fellowship in Port Elizabeth which is a part of Sola 5.  He studied biblical counselling under Wayne Mack at Grace School of Ministry in Pretoria.
  • Patrick Nemabubuni -- Patrick Nemabubuni is based in Pretoria, South Africa and a member at Lynnwood Baptist Church. He is the secretary of ACBC Africa, 2013/14 graduate from Strengthening Ministries Training Institute instructed by Dr. Wayne Mack, he is a certified counsellor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counsellors in the USA and he is now busy with his Masters of Arts in Biblical Counselling at The Master’s College in the USA.
  • Neil Henry -- Dip Ed. (HDE); DipTh; BA (Theol); BTh (Hons) Neil holds a Diploma in Education obtained at the Hewat College of Education and taught at Secondary School level for 11 years before entering full time ministry. He served in youth and outreach ministries for several years before commencing his studies at BISA where he earned a BTh and BTh (Honours) from the University of Potchefstroom (NWU). Currently, he is working at completing a MTh in Missional Leadership through Stellenbosch University. He serves as director of the Christian Leadership Programme, which provides training for indigenous pastors and church leaders. Neil has also completed the intensive Biblical Counselling course with Dr Wayne Mack in Pretoria in 2010, and has been teaching Biblical Counselling to pastors and church leaders in the Cape Flats through the college’s Christian Leadership Programme for several years now.  He currently serves as the senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Evangelistic Church in Lavender Hill.
  • Martyn Beets -- Martyn Beets is the pastor of the Evangelies-Gereformeerde Kerk in Hermanus. He graduated from the Seminary of the Evangelies- Gereformeerde Kerk; completed the masters degree in Biblical Counselling at The Master’s College, and is currently busy with a PhD at North West University. Martyn has been practicing biblical counselling for the last ten years as part of his ministry responsibilities and has presented family enrichment courses.




Wednesday 9 August  5:30pm –  6:45pm Registration and Check-In
 7:00pm –  8:30pm Plenary #1
Thursday 10 August  7:30am –  8:45am Registration and Check-In
 9:00am – 10:30am Plenary #2
10:30am – 11:15am Tea Break
11:15am – 12:30pm Plenary #3
12:30pm –  1:30pm Lunch Break (Provided On-Site)
 1:30pm –  3:00pm Plenary #4
 3:00pm –  3:45pm Tea Break
 3:45pm –  5:00pm Breakout Sessions #1
 5:00pm –  7:00pm Dinner Break (On Your Own)
 7:00pm –  8:30pm Plenary #5
Friday 11 August  7:30am –  8:45am Registration and Check-In
 9:00am – 10:30am Plenary #6
10:30am – 11:15am Tea Break
11:15am – 12:30pm Breakout Sessions #2
12:30pm –  1:30pm Lunch Break (Provided On-Site)
 1:30pm –  3:00pm Plenary #7
 3:00pm –  3:45pm Tea Break
 3:45pm –  5:00pm Breakout Sessions #3
 5:00pm –  7:00pm Dinner Break (On Your Own)
 7:00pm –  8:30pm Plenary #8
Saturday 12 August  7:30am –  8:45am Registration and Check-In
 9:00am – 10:30am Plenary #9
10:30am – 11:15am Tea Break
11:15am – 12:30pm Breakout Sessions #4
12:30pm –  1:30pm Lunch Break (Provided On-Site)
 1:30pm –  2:45pm Breakout Sessions #5
 3:30pm –  5:00pm Plenary #10 (Q&A)
 5:00pm Conference Closes

Plenary Sessions

Date Session Speaker Topic
Wednesday 9 August #1 Wayne Mack The Ultimate Answer to the Problem of Racism
Thursday 10 August #2 Charles Ware One Race, One Blood
Thursday 10 August #3 Wayne Mack Should Every Church Have a Counselling Centre?
Thursday 10 August #4 Nicolas Ellen The Fear of Man and Racism
Thursday 10 August #5 Charles Ware G.R.A.C.E. (God’s Reconciliation At Christ’s Expense)
Friday 11 August #6 Neil Henry Personal Testimony of Someone Who Has Either Seen or Experienced Racism
Friday 11 August #7 Nicolas Ellen Race and the Local Church
Friday 11 August #8 Ronald Kalifungwa Creation and Racism
Saturday 12 August #9 Sybrand de Swardt Understanding What Motivates Prejudice and Racism (Part 1)
Saturday 12 August #10 Questions and Answers

Breakout Sessions

Thursday Breakout Sessions #1
15:45 – 17:00

Speaker Topic
#1 Joshua Mack Counselling People You Don’t Like
#2 Neil Anderson Cross-Cultural Counselling
#3 Neil Henry The Sovereignty of God and Its Relation to Racism

Friday Breakout Sessions #2
11:15 – 12:30

Speaker Topic
#1 Charles Ware How the Bible Has Been Misinterpreted to Justify Racism
#2 Patrick Nemabubuni Interracial Relationships
#3 Tim Cantrell Interracial Marriage and the Bible: Who Can I Marry?

Friday Breakout Sessions #3
15:45 – 17:00

Speaker Topic
#1 Joshua Mack How Can People Who Have More Advantages Assist People Who Have Less?
#2 Patrick Nemabubuni The Gospel and Racism

Saturday Breakout Sessions #4
11:15 – 12:30

Speaker Topic
#1 Nicolas Ellen Practical Skills for Developing Deep Cross-Cultural Relationships
#2 Martyn Beets Wrong Approaches to Solving the Problem of Racism
#3 Ronald Kalifungwa Learning to See Men’s Hearts Rather Than Their Skin

Saturday Breakout Sessions #5
13:30 – 14:45

Speaker Topic
#1 Sybrand de Swardt Overcoming a Heart of Prejudice and Racism (Part 2)
#2 Neil Henry Aiming for Multi-Ethnic Congregations That Glorify the Power of the Gospel

Pre-Conference Schedule

We have the following two Pre-Conferences leading up the the Conference. Please see the separate registration pages for each to obtain more details.

Tuesday 8 August  9:00am – 12:00pm Pre-Conference Pastor’s Day with Charles Ware
Wednesday 9 August  9:00am – 12:00pm Pre-Conference Women’s Day with Venessa Ellen