2009 conference features first-ever meeting of the minds
Dallas/ Ft. Worth, TX—We live in a broken world. The evidence is everywhere—broken marriages, broken families, broken hearts, broken people. In response, more and more people in the Christian community are exploring biblical counseling. Yet this growing interest brings new questions and fresh discussions about what biblical counseling really looks like. The landscape of biblical counseling is changing, thanks in part to the work of organizations like the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC). For anyone interested in these exciting new developments, ABC is pleased to announce the 2009 conference to be held May 14-16 in Fort Worth, Texas. The theme of this year’s event is “A Quest for More,” based on the book by keynote speaker Paul Tripp, one of the most dynamic speakers in biblical counseling today.
“I am overwhelmed with excitement over this year’s conference for several reasons,” says ABC President Jeremy Lelek. “On opening night, we are going to have four of the top scholars from various counseling ‘camps,’ including the American Association of Christian Counselors, Christian Counseling Educational Foundation, and the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, who will discuss emerging trends in biblical counseling as well as distinctions between the various schools of thought. This is a truly groundbreaking event!” Residents of Dallas/Ft. Worth who are not attending the conference may purchase tickets to this exciting Thursday night-only event. The weekend will also include a tribute to special guest Elisabeth Elliot for her pioneering work in South America and across the world.
Lelek emphasizes that this event is not just for licensed counselors. These sessions are for counselors, pastors, and laity. Hurting people and those struggling to overcome certain issues in their lives are encouraged to attend. The conference features over twenty-five elective sessions with topics ranging from marriage and sexual addiction to spiritual warfare and crisis intervention. A sampling of titles includes:
• Living a Pure Life in a Sexualized Culture: Overcoming Lust, Understanding Your Enemy, and Living a Life of Repentance
• Soul Care: Starting a Biblical Counseling Ministry in Your Local Church
• Learning to Think Like a Christian
• The God Empowered Wife (for women only)
• Biblical Counseling with Adult Victims of Childhood Trauma
• When Suffering People Need to Know “Why?”
In addition, conference attendees will encounter opportunities to discover reliable referral services, network with like-minded believers, receive nationally approved Continuing Education Units, and be encouraged in their own lives and counseling ministries.
With new chapters opening around the country, ABC’s influence in the Christian counseling community continues to grow. Recently, the organization, together with its sister ministry, Metroplex Counseling, has acquired new office space which will allow them to build a state of the art, high quality biblical counseling center right in the heart of Dallas/Ft.Worth.
“Through the gracious efforts of John Meador, senior pastor of First Baptist Euless, the Lord has provided us with an amazing facility, capable of housing a team of counselors, where we will be able to provide competent and biblical care for hurting souls in the Metroplex area,” Lelek says. “We’re going to kick off our official opening with a pastors and ministry luncheon (at FBC Euless) featuring the dynamic speaker and lead pastor of The Village, Matt Chandler.”
ABC is also excited to announce the publication of a new biblical counseling training curriculum, Equipped to Counsel, written by Dr. John Henderson of Denton Bible Church. These materials will provide pastors, counselors, and laity with a wonderful foundation on which to build their ministries of soul care. Positive reviews of the curriculum are already rolling in from leaders like Matt Chandler and Mars Hill Church’s Mark Driscoll who described the materials as “…a very useful, gospel-centered, Bible-saturated, and Jesus-exalting help to the care of our people at Mars Hill Church.”
With an ever-multiplying membership, a groundbreaking conference, a brand new counseling facility, and curriculum endorsed by some of America’s leading pastors, ABC is making great strides toward accomplishing their mission of encouraging, equipping, and empowering all believers everywhere to live and counsel the Word. For more information about the conference and the many training opportunities offered through ABC, visit http://www.christiancounseling.com/.