Loss: Finding Hope That Lasts When Life Falls Apart

August 27, 2014

Loss--Finding Hope That Lasts When Life Falls Apart
David Powlison (CCEF)

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David Powlison (CCEF)

Loss--Finding Hope That Lasts When Life Falls Apart

BCC Staff Note: The mission of the BCC is to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. The BCC is not about the BCC; the BCC is about BC. Today we use our BCC “megaphone” to highlight a personal invitation sent from the CCEF’s Executive Director, David Powlison, to you.

Would you consider coming to CCEF’s National Conference in San Diego on October 3-5? Our conference theme this year is Loss: Finding Hope that Lasts when Life Falls Apart. Every person’s life story will become a story of losses, both gradual and sudden. To all appearances loss gets last say in every life “under the sun,” as Ecclesiastes observes. But if Jesus Christ gets last say, then the unfolding story and the final outcome radically change.

We all know that loss triggers deep personal struggles. This conference aims to help each of us personally. Losses also create delicate pastoral care needs. So this conference aims to help each of us minister more wisely and practically to others.

You can look through the schedule of topics and speakers at ccef.org/conferenceEight general sessions will anchor the conference teaching, and 25 breakout sessions will dive into specific topics such as bereavement, aging, infertility, suicide of a loved one, and death of one’s dreams. Sessions will be taught by a good mix of CCEF faculty and outside speakers. Notice also that on October 2 we will offer four preconference workshops, including a highly focused introduction to biblical counseling taught by Ed Welch and myself.

Information about the cost, lodging, travel, and more is also available at ccef.org/conference. Note that there are reduced rates for groups, military personnel, and students. Don’t hesitate to contact our conference staff if you have any questions:[email protected].

Do consider coming this year. And if you are already planning to take part, would you be willing to spread the word by inviting others? Feel free to forward this letter to anyone you think might be interested. This conference is CCEF’s signature event each year—our faculty’s opportunity to prepare fresh teaching, an accessible way to introduce biblical counseling to new people, and a place where all who attend can connect in person to men and women who love biblical counseling.

Blessings in Christ,

David Powlison Signature