Thoughts from Jennifer Winger

 

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A conference is always a rich time for the bride of Christ to come together and mutually encourage one another in our growing relationship with Christ and His people.  I am always encouraged when I spend time with others that have a deep love and increasing desire to know God’s Word and to live it out with and among His people.

We are living in a wonderful time in the history of the Canadian church, where the sufficiency of God’s Word to speak to our everyday life and each of our situations is being upheld.  As the newest member to the Board, I am looking forward to this conference because I will get to learn from the seasoned saints that have sacrificed their time and abilities and have walked the “good works” that God has prepared for them.  God’s people have been greatly cared for by these saints and I am encouraged whenever I spend time with them.

Most of all when I attend the 2019 Gospel Conversations Let’s Talk Equipping the Church to Counsel Conference on March 21-22, I will enjoy having a front row seat to what God is doing in and amongst our churches and in our counseling ministries.  As I am filled to overflowing at this conference, I can return to my own province of Newfoundland more equipped to pour into others in my local church.

I am looking forward to getting to know many more of you, my brothers and sisters who are faithful in Biblical Counseling, representing our nation.

Jennifer Winger – serving on the board of the Canadian Biblical Counseling Coalition

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p.s. Last Chance to book a hotel room for the conference at a discounted rate … our pre-booking rate expires in just a couple of days on February 21st, 2019.

hotelWe’ve secured a limited number of rooms at the nearby Sandman Inn Oakville for $110 per night. This special rate is available only until Feb 21st, limited # of rooms, quote “group #108514”, book today!

Am I qualified to minister to others and to counsel biblically?

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So, you are excited about biblical counseling; but what qualifies a Christian to become a competent biblical counselor?

In our upcoming conference one of Bob Kellemen’s sessions deals specifically with this question.

The world, and often even the church, communicates to us that unless we have a Ph.D. in psychology and a license, we should stay far away from ministering to hurting people.

But what does the Word of God say?

In this session, we’ll learn together from Romans 15:14 that God calls “the average, ordinary Christian” to become equipped for one-another ministry—for biblical counseling.

We’ll learn the Bible’s “4C” résumé qualifications that equip every believer for the personal ministry of the Word.

We also have a special breakout session this year dealing specifically with personal preparedness to counsel biblically taught by Nathan Penny.

Please register today and join us March 21st and 22nd in Oakville Ontario!

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Thoughts from Wendy Bowman

I was being challenged in my walk as a follower of Christ to examine the guidance that was typically part of my work as an infant development therapist

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I first heard about biblical counseling 20 years ago at the same time as I was being challenged in my walk as a follower of Christ to examine the guidance that was typically part of my work as an infant development therapist.

I launched into the training that was available at that time, most of which was south of the border. While I remain deeply grateful for all that our American forerunners have given and continue to offer, I am SO excited to be part of this phase of the biblical counseling movement that is seeing growing numbers of pastors/leaders/counselors/lay people across Canada come together to learn and grow in their understanding and ability to ‘let the scriptures speak’ into the lives of those we encounter whether over a coffee or in the counseling room.

I look forward to our national conference on equipping the saints with great joy and excitement, and I invite you to be part of what God is up to in Canada and around the world.

Hope to see you there!

Wendy Bowman – serving on the board of the Canadian Biblical Counseling Coalition

Moving one-another ministry from idea to implementation

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It is fine to talk about a church saturated with one-another ministry and biblical counseling.

But how do we make progress in moving from the idea of one-another ministry to implementation in our churches?

How do we engage leadership in the mindset shift from referring out or from only pastors ministering, to every Christian being a one-another minister?

In our upcoming conference one of Bob Kellemen’s sessions deals specifically with these questions.

In this session centered on Ephesians 4:11-16 we will

  • Remember God’s vision for pastors, leaders, and all Christians.
  • Learn four callings for the church today.
  • Paint the big picture for launching and leading a growing biblical counseling ministry in the church.

Please register today and join us March 21st and 22nd in Oakville Ontario!

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2019 Conference Registration is Open

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Save the date and register today!

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Our primary speaker for our 2019 national conference is Dr. Bob Kellman, founding executive director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition

For 2019 our conference theme is:
LET’S TALK EQUIPPING THE CHURCH TO COUNSEL

Sunday morning connections with our brothers and sisters in Christ, coffee with a friend going through a difficult time, home groups instructing and discipling one another, focused counseling dealing with a specific and immediate crisis  … each of these can and should be handled biblically within the local church. How do we equip the entire church to counsel biblically in both daily and more formal counseling opportunities? Let’s talk equipping the church to counsel.

We are excited to gather together once again to be encouraged, challenged, and to grow in our understanding of biblical counseling together!

2018 conference content is now live

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We are thankful for the hard work of many volunteers, and delighted to make the content from our 2018 Let’s Talk Hope in Suffering conference available to you.

You will find video content from all sessions, along with slides and handouts. We even made the conference booklet available in PDF format for you.

You can find additional information along with a photo slideshow on our homepage.

Looking forward to continuing the many “gospel conversations” that began at this conference and to seeing ourselves, our churches, and Canadians encouraged, helped, and transformed more and more into the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for next year March 21-22, 2019 featuring Bob Kellemen.

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV)