I love the ministry of CCEF, the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. I also deeply appreciate their faculty members David Powlison and Ed Welch (I highly recommend Ed’s books When People Are Big and God Is Small and Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, and David’s Speaking Truth in Love and Breaking the Addictive Cycle).
Each year CCEF hosts a national conference, and this year’s theme is “Side by Side: How God Helps Us Help Each Other.” Chelsea Weber and Kathy Norquist, my assistants at EPM, had the opportunity to attend last year’s conference. Here are some thoughts from Kathy:
I’ve attended two of CCEF’s National Conferences and would highly recommend them to anyone. What I love about CCEF is how Scripture is the focus and foundation of their counseling principles and practices. You never have to wonder if you’re getting a biblical perspective on any given issue or problem. And the worship times are wonderfully God honoring and Christ centered. If you have any opportunity to attend one of these conferences, my word to you is, GO!
Here’s more about this year’s conference:
A vibrant church community is dependent on us being both needy and needed. So we want to grow in how we ask for help and how we give help. This conference is designed to guide us in those skills, with a focus on how these work in everyday friendships. Even in our professional culture, God is pleased to use needy people and ordinary conversations to do most of the heavy lifting in his kingdom. It’s the perfect system. If God used only experts and people of renown, some could boast in their own wisdom, but God’s way of doing things is not the same as our own. This conference is for ordinary people who need help and want to grow in giving help, and, as we grow, we hope to contribute to the ongoing transformation in our local churches.
2015 CCEF National Conference - October 16-18, 2015 from CCEF on Vimeo.
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If you’d like to explore some more resources from CCEF, check out these excellent short videos: