The Conversation. The most basic fundamental act in the making of disciples is "the conversation." Not the just conversations that take place in classes and studies, but the conversations that occur in kitchens, foyers, parks, cars, and in parking lots, in business meetings, at games and golf courses, while shopping, while watching TV, but especially when facing problems, difficulties, and conflict. This is where the magic happens. If we have the understanding and skill to have the kinds of conversations that reflect Christ and His Spirit. Paul says,
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)
The purpose and mission of ITI Christian Communication is to equip belivers to learn how to have the kinds of conversations that grow them up and grow the body of Christ, especially when facing problems, difficulties, and conflict. My mission is to train Christians to grow Christ's body one conversation at a time. Including the tough conversations.
The Name ITI Christian Communication. ITI stands for "I" to "I." When we communicate the idea is to speak "I to I." The gift of communication is how separate individuals connect and join together. The "T" between the "I's" also represents the cross and thus Christ who is the binding force for all Christians. The aim if "ITI" is to equip Christians to bring Christ into all their conversations so that we can experience true fellowship and become one in Christ. Finally, the primary and most basic communication tool I teach is something called the "IMap" which conveniently is in the shape of an "eye." When two or more people use this tool together, they are quite literally speaking "eye to eye."
"Growing Christ's body one conversation at a time."
An Experienced Believer. My wife, Lisa, and I have been married 38 years and live in Donald, Oregon with two dogs, five cats, and usually a group of foster kittens from Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals (OFASA) where Lisa does volunteer work. We have two grown boys who are married and have families of their own. I became a Christian in 1974 at Canby Christian Church in Canby, Oregon, and began studying for the ministry just out of High School. I have a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Preaching from Puget Sound Christian College and an M.A. in Theology and Philosophy from Lincoln Christian Seminary. I have pastored a number of churches over the years and am currently the Pastor at Valley Christian Church in Wilsonville, Oregon.
A Pastor and Teacher. As an ordained pastor of 36 years I have had experience with congregations of all types and have been a part of both revitalizing established churches as well as planting new ones. I have counseled couples, families, and individuals in almost every life challenge and transition. I have taught classes on parenting, boundaries, communication and conflict resolution throughout my ministry and have found communication to the most critical ingredient in establishing effective and Christ-like leadership teams that are able to work through any and all difficulties. I am a certified instructor in both Couples and Core Communications for Interpersonal Communications Programs, Inc. and have been teaching communication skills in the church for over eighteen years. I created this communication curriculum, ITICC, in 2011.
A Mediator and Conflict Coach. I am professionally trained in mediation and conflict resolution through Clackamas County Resolution Services and am a Certified Christian Conciliator through Peacemakers Ministries. I have practiced mediation and conflict coaching in numerous professional and relational contexts and have served as a conflict coach and mediator with Bridge Builders Christian Resolutions in Tigard, OR, which is a conflict resolution service that specializes in helping resolve conflict among those who embrace a Christian faith-base. I have also done volunteer work at Clackamas County Resolution Services (CCRS) in Oregon City, OR.