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 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
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!
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)
Can you believe it? We are down to the final 5 days before our on-line registration closes (March 19th @ 6:00pm Eastern Time)!
How do you counsel someone who is suffering under unjust and persistent oppression by another?
One of our workshop breakout sessions will focus specifically upon suffering in oppression.
How do we look to Jesus as our example when facing unjust and persistent oppression and suffering?
How do we think biblically about oppression in a day and age when everyone seems to be claiming oppression by some idea, person, or group?
How do we encourage and give hope, and help someone guard against sinful responses to being sinned against?
Can you believe it? There are only 10 days left before our on-line registration closes (March 19th @ 6:00pm Eastern Time)!
We are delighted to welcome Curtis Solomon as our primary speaker this year. So, who is Curtis Solomon?
Have you ever noticed our tendency to answer the question of “who we are” in a vocation-first manner?
I think Curtis would describe himself first as a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, second as a devoted husband to his wife Jenny, third as a joyful father of two sons.
Who are we to argue?
Yet our primary interest for our upcoming conference is in Curtis’ passion for biblical counseling as demonstrated by his experience and his appointment as Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
There were dozens, if not hundreds, of “ah ha” moments for me when I was going through my biblical counseling training.
One moment that stands out from the others was when my instructor said: “Change never happens in the abstract, it always occurs in the concrete, when changed thinking is put into practical action.”
Change never happens in the abstract, it always occurs in the concrete
My instructor wanted me to understand that just teaching doctrine, or discussing important concepts wasn’t enough; I needed to move a counselee (and myself!) from right thinking to right action in the form of concrete implementation.
Even in the context of a conference, it is critical to ‘do our homework’ and put what we are learning into practice as quickly as possible.
We are excited to offer an opportunity at the end of our first day to gather in facilitated small groups, and work through a case study together applying what we’ve learned.
Our 2018 Canadian Biblical Counseling Coalition conference Let’s talk hope in suffering is fast approaching.
Those who are closest to us have some of the greatest power to cause us pain. When someone close to us betrays us; the suffering is significant.
One of our workshop breakout sessions will focus specifically upon suffering in betrayal.
How do we communicate biblical hope to those suffering in this way?
How can we comfort and counsel them well?
What unique realities does a counselor need to be aware of when counseling someone who is suffering in betrayal?