The Covenants

One of Kevin Conner’s master keys to understanding the Bible was his extensive study of the ‘covenants’.

Why did God create humans? What was His purpose for mankind? How is God redeeming humanity? These crucial questions are best answered through a study of the divine covenants. Perhaps better than any other subject, the covenants give us a biblical framework for our understanding of the administration of God’s dealings with mankind throughout all of human history. The covenants provide a necessary backdrop for the study of any other Bible subject. There are so many questions and controversies that can be solved with an understanding of the covenants that any student of the Word should place this subject as top priority on his or her Bible study list.

This textbook, co-written with Ken Malmin, provides an invaluable resource and study guide for both student and minister to use in studying the covenants. After a very important introductory chapter it is comprised of a systematic presentation of the nine divine covenants found in Scripture. Those who take the time to carefully study this book will be well on their way to discovering the secrets of truth hidden in “The Covenants”.

You can purchase this important textbook in Australia from WORD (currently only $4.99, significantly reduced from RRP of $22.99 AUS), from City Christian Publishing in the USA (currently $7.50, down from RRP of $14.99 USD), or internationally from Amazon, including a NEW Kindle eBook edition.

NEW Podcast: “Kevin Conner Teaches”

We are excited to announce a new podcast of Kevin Conner’s teaching messages. This podcast is available directly from Podbean (including on their mobile Apps) or from Apple’s iTunes(including all iTunes Apps) or from within Spotify (if you are a subscriber). It is not possible to publish podcasts on Google Play from Australia yet.

Every week or so a message will be published, selected from messages Kevin has given over the years at various churches, conferences, and training seminars.

Be sure to subscribe so you are notified of recent releases.

Enjoy!

What Now for Kevin Conner’s Ministry?

Kevin Conner passed away recently, having lived 92 full years. He lived life to the full and impacted thousands of people through his teachings, writings, and personal encouragement. His legacy will not be forgotten but will continue to grow.

So what now?

Kevin’s Life

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to read Kevin’s auto-biography, This is My Story, which contains a detailed narrative of his life and ministry.

A second edition will be released shortly, with updates about the last few years of his life.

Kevin’s Books

Kevin’s many books will continue to help followers of Jesus, Christian leaders, and students of the Bible for years to come. Visit WORD or Amazon for a full list of his writings.

A number of unpublished works will be released over the coming year.

Kevin’s Teaching

A new podcast called “Kevin Conner Teaches” has recently been launched. Already there are 19 messages available, with many dozens more to come over the coming months.

There are also plans to re-launch his Key of Knowledge seminar online in the near future.

Support for Kevin’s Ministry

If you would like to make a financial contribution towards the ongoing spread of Kevin’s teachings, please visit the donation page for details.

Keep in Touch

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Thank you very much.

Nearing the End: A Poem

In November 2017, Kevin Conner went from another visit to the Knox Private hospital to the Victorian Rehabilitation Centre in Glen Waverley. After a few weeks there, he thought he would then go back home, but it was not to be. He needed permanent care so was moved to the Villa Maria Aged Care facility in Wantirna South on 5th December 2017.

This was hard for his wife, Rene, for the family, and for Kevin himself. He had grown up in homes and now he was in another home, cared for by others.

Kevin’s son, Mark Conner, took this photo of his dad in one of his first days at Villa Maria … then went home and wrote this poem.

Nothing to do.
Just waiting.
In a chair.

Can’t read.
Can hardly speak.
Only stare.
Just be there.

Wanting to stay.
Better to go?
It can be confusing.
Near the end.

No more achievements.
No more hills to climb.
No crowds now.
Only family and friends.

Out of the limelight.
Into the shadows.
An unknown face.
In an aged care home.

Life almost over.
What did it all mean?
Did his best.
For God and church.

Notes cast on the waters.
Spread far and wide.
Bread for the hungry.
Seed for the wise.

Followed the call.
Faithful to Him.
Stayed the course.
Finished the race.

Love is all we have.
Near the end.
Love is all we need.
At the end.

Celebrating the Life of Kevin Conner

Thank you to all of those who attended or watched the thanksgiving service for Kevin Conner today at CityLife Church in Melbourne, Australia.

You can watch a video of the service online at any time.

It is hard to summarise 92 years of a life well lived in a few minutes but here is the Eulogy of Kevin’s life, as read out by his daughter-in-law, Nicole Conner, at the service. See also, Mark’s poem which he wrote about his dad, Nearing the End as well as “What’s next for Kevin’s ministry?

The Early Years

Kevin John Conner made an entrance into this world at the Women’s Hospital in Carlton, Melbourne on the 6th of February 1927. We can only imagine how overwhelmed his 20-year-old, single mother, Joyce Miller, would have been. While the birth certificate listed the child’s name as ‘Kevin John’, his mother wrote her name as ‘Ruth Connor’, which was not her real name. These appear to be the actions of someone who was desperately trying to work out how to raise a child in the harsh depression years. She only managed a few months before he became a ward of the state. Kevin grew up as an orphan in multiple foster and children’s homes, including the Salvation Army Boys Home in Box Hill where he lived from ages of 8 to 14. He never met his mother or his father.

Later in life, he did discover he had a stepsister, Noeline, living in Tasmania, whom he contacted. Both Noeline and her husband Terry, were very warm towards him. From them he also found out that his mother would often wonder how he was doing. Sadly, she had passed away at this stage.

Kevin described himself as a somewhat dreamy, shy, and withdrawn boy. The environment and circumstances of these formative years left him feeling insecure and lonely, with many questions about his worth and identity.

Continue reading “Celebrating the Life of Kevin Conner”

Tributes for Kevin Conner

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NEW Releases in February 2019 for Kevin Conner

A number of Kevin’s books have been released in NEW formats over the last few months. Here is a summary:

“Are Women Elder’s Biblical” is now available in international paperback, as well as eBook for Kindle.

Kevin’s best-selling book “Methods and Principles of Bible Research” has been released in international paperback and eBook formats. In Australia, purchase via WORD’s web site.

The book “Seventy Weeks Prophecy” is now available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

Kevin’s timely book on “Law and Grace” is now available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

“The Day After the Sabbath” is also available in international paperback, as well as eBook format.

“Foundation Principles of the Doctrine of Christ” is available in international paperback, as well as eBook format.

Kevin’s autobiography “This is My Story” is available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

“Sword and Consequences” is available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

“Foundational Principles of Church Membership” is available in international paperback, as well as eBook format. In Australia, purchase from WORD.

For a complete list of all of Kevin’s books, visit his Amazon author page or the WORD web site in Australia.

Kevin Conner’s Autobiography – “This is My Story”

Kevin Conner is known by many people around the world as a theologian, Bible teacher, and best-selling author of over 60 biblical textbooks. Although thousands of people have been impacted by his ministry and his writings, only a few people know his personal story. Kevin took the time to detail his own life journey, including lessons gleaned along the way, in his auto-biography “This is My Story” back in 2007. It is now available in three formats:

Kevin was an orphan who never met his dad or mum. He grew up in boy’s homes before coming to faith in Jesus Christ in the Salvation Army in his teenage years. From there, his life took many turns as he continued to pursue his faith in God and his understanding of the Scriptures and church life. Follow his journey and gain wisdom for your own life and ministry as you read his intriguing life-story.  

Methods and Principles of Bible Study

Kevin Conner has written over 60 books expounding various books and themes from the Bible. As popular as his books have been with students and leaders around the world, probably his greatest contribution has been his ability to train people to study, interpret and apply the Bible for themselves. He has done this in Bible College classrooms, training seminars, midweek ‘Timothy’ mentoring nights, and his week-long Key of Knowledge seminar which he held annually in Melbourne, Australia for many years. Plans are underway to make this teaching available for video download.

A number of textbooks written by Kevin are designed to assist people interested in studying and interpreting the Bible for themselves.

Methods and Principles of Bible Research. This is the core textbook for Kevin’s training. It covers some of the major tools for research plus some of the major methods of research. They include Word, Character, Place, Textual, Topical, Passage and Book Studies. Through this material, the student can find the joy of discovery for themselves, using and developing these methods according to their distinctive calling in God and in the Body of Christ. The book is designed in such a way that a diligent student can set their own pace as they work through the text assignments. This book has just been released on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats (NEW!). It is also available in Australia from WORD books.

Interpreting the Scriptures. Co-authored with Ken Malmin from Portland Bible College, this is a comprehensive textbook of how to discover the meaning of Scripture. It is available in paperback format in the USA and Australia.

Interpreting the Scripture – Self Study Guide. This self study guide is a companion volume designed to be used in connection with the textbook Interpreting the Scriptures. It is now available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats (NEW!), as well as in Australia from WORD books.

By using the above textbooks, an individual or group can experience the joy of hearing God for themselves through the inspired sacred text.

Rene Conner Passes Away

Early on Thursday morning, 4th October, Kevin Conner’s wife, Rene, passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was 89 years of age. It was really hard to see her go but we are glad that she is now free from pain and discomfort. Kevin is now 91 years of age and found it very hard, as you can imagine. We appreciate your prayers for him at this time of loss and grief.

There was a public thanksgiving service for Rene at CityLife Church at 12.30 pm on Friday, 12th October. You can watch the video recording of the service online at this link.

Here is a brief eulogy of her life:

Victorene Marie Arrowsmith was born on the 8th March 1929 in the rural township of Boort in Victoria, located to the north-west of Bendigo.

Rene’s parents, Cyril Arrowsmith and Louise Forster, met and married in Boort. Cyril, an immigrant from the UK seeking a new life in Australia, was staying at a boarding house for itinerate workers while her mum, Louise, was engaged with domestic duties. The family remained in Boort for 10 years and Rene started her school years there.

The family relocated to Red Cliff’s near Mildura then on to Melbourne in 1939 due to lack of the work and employment in Boort. Rene recalled being at the train station the day World War II was declared. It was a traumatic time in her life. The family resettled in the Brunswick area and her dad became a sign writer for the Royal Melbourne Hospital and her mum worked for Miller’s Rope twining factory.

In 1949 at the age of 20, Rene married in East Brunswick. A short while later she and her husband moved to Bendigo. Unfortunately, the marriage was not successful due to physical and verbal abuse. Rene fell pregnant and took take the train to Melbourne, never to return.

Gregory Charles Arrowsmith was born in 1950 in the old Royal Women’s Hospital. At this time the family was living in Brunswick in a Victorian terrace that Louise’s step-mother owned.

In the early 1950s, Rene and the Arrowsmith family attended a church fellowship in Rathdowne Street, Carlton. It was here in 1952 that she was baptized in water by Kevin Conner and Rob Wheeler.

The 1960s found Rene very active in church, in Bible studies, and open-air meetings on Russell Street in the city. In time, she felt called to go to Bible school to train for the ministry.

Rene went to Sydney where Rene worked with a growing church there. After that Rene was part of a church that started in Dandenong in a shop. Rene and her son Greg, along with Rene’s parents, Cyril and Louise, and her niece Lorraine, lived above the shop together with a close friend, Elaine Simmonds. Richard Holland, with Cyril and Rene, led the church services.

In this season, Rene found employment at places such as General Motors Holden, a chicken factory, and International Harvester.

Later on, a church was started in Frankston with Bob and Bernice Holland who lived in the area. Sunday school was set up and Rene took a leading role in establishing and running the church.

Rene was a pioneer and a woman of courage. In the early 1980s, she felt directed to start a small church in Rockhampton, Queensland. She did this with the support of Richard Holland and Waverley Christian Fellowship. Rockhampton Christian Fellowship became a haven for many people, including a large number of young people and young adults. Rene faced many difficulties and challenges during this time and she did so with strength, courage, and integrity. It was also a season of much joy and reward. Lives were transformed. Young people whose lives had been negatively affected by alcohol, drug abuse, and other issues, found the saving grace of Christ. Rene, with a team that included her mum, Louise, and Ross and Lorraine and their family, cared for each of them. Many of these people have lived very different lives as a result and I am sure, are eternally grateful for the work that Rene had started.

In 1987, Rene returned to Melbourne and assisted Richard and Garry Holland and Kevin and Joyce Conner in the ministry at Waverley Christian Fellowship. She was active in leading a healing meeting, women’s meetings, as well as preaching and teaching and pastoral visitation. She also went on a number of missionary trips to Fiji and saw God work in amazing ways among the people there.

In 1990, the senior minister of Waverley Christian Fellowship was Kevin Conner. Kevin’s wife, Joyce, passed away suddenly that same year leaving a huge gap in his life and that of the church. Kevin and Joyce had a forty-year friendship with Rene so it was not that surprising that after Joyce’s death Kevin approached Rene about the possibility of marriage. This is quite a story in itself, told in full detail in Kevin’s auto-biography This is My Story: With Lessons Along the Way.

Rene eventually (!) said YES and in 10th April 1992, Kevin and Rene were married by Richard Holland. This was a cause of much celebration by family and the church.

For 39 years, Rene had been on her own and had many lonely times in her life. Her marriage to Kevin brought much joy into both of their lives.

Over the last couple of decades, Kevin and Rene have ministered locally and globally, traveling the world together, speaking at churches, conferences, and seminars. They were happily married for 26 years.

Rene was an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, minister and friend. Right into her later years, she was always ready to give a word of encouragement or a prayer for people, bringing passion to whatever she did. We thank God for her today. She will be greatly missed.