The Excellent Ministry of CCEF, and Their 2015 National Conference

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.” EPM staff members Chelsea Weber and Kathy Norquist 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.

Learn more and register at CCEF.

If you’d like to explore some more resources from CCEF, check out these excellent short videos:

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries