A Word from Your BCC Team: At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, we love using our “megaphone” to fulfill our BCC mission: to advance the ministry of the biblical counseling movement. Throughout January and February, we’re helping you to learn about vital biblical counseling ministries—like today’s post from Julie Ganschow about the upcoming conference: Bearing One Another’s Burdens Biblically.
Our Calling as Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I am excited to tell you about an event that is coming to the Greater Kansas City area in March. Redeeming Grace Biblical Counseling Center of Kansas and Reigning Grace Counseling Center of Missouri are co-hosting the area’s second regional biblical counseling conference. This year our conference theme is Bearing One Another’s Burdens Biblically (B3).
Our B3 theme arose from a conversation my conference co-host, Nathan, and I were having once about the gravity of being burden-bearers; of being invited into the pain and suffering of another hurting human soul during a time when they are often vulnerable and even desperate for answers. He said, “This is not a job for professionals and experts trained in the secular philosophies of this world, but truly it’s a calling for Christians equipped with God’s sufficient Word.” Bearing one another’s burdens is a responsibility each of us has to love our neighbor as we already love ourselves.
Nathan and I agree that we are not interested in the latest gimmicks and methods of the confused world of modern Psychology. We are firmly committed to soul care that is solidly grounded in biblical counseling principals and methods. Therefore, we are bringing together men and women from around the country who share our passion for ministering to people with the Word of God in ways that are life changing. Each of our speakers and workshop presenters are solidly biblical in their methodology and will offer our conference attendees the help, healing, and hope that is only available through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Relevant, Robust Truth for Life
Pastor Kevin Hurt (IABC) will address, The Burden of “Unanswered” Prayer and the Life of Faith. He asks, “What do you do when you pray and pray, but see no answer to your prayers? Unanswered prayer in the life of a believer can be extremely discouraging. In this workshop, we will discover from Hebrews 11 faith relates to God during these times.”
The burdens our counselees bring to us are often heavy and are increasingly tragic. Counselor Stephen Ganschow (ACBC, IABC) will help us understand how to recognize when it is time for a counseling sabbatical in his workshop, The Counselors Heart-Check: Is It Time for a Break?
Dr. Nicolas Ellen (ACBC) will speak on Confronting Sin & Bearing Burdens in Galatians 6:1-3. “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Pastor Kevin Carson (ACBC), and Dr. Mark Hager (AABC) will also present along with other excellent speakers on relevant and relational topics to aid our conference guests in bearing the burdens of others.
Because we know that women comprise a significant number of counselees, we have selected a wonderful group of female biblical counselors to present on issues that bring hurting sisters to our homes, churches, and counseling offices.
We’ve asked our speakers to present on the issues of today, and provide an emphasis on practical application in their workshops. We want to provide you with equipping tools to take back to your churches and biblical counseling centers.
Linda Rice will speak on the issue of perfectionism, and Barbara Bridges will offer help for those who’ve experienced childhood abuse. Dianne Keech will speak on the topic of supporting foster/adoptive/step parents, and Ellen Castillo will help the parents of teenagers.
In addition, your conference hosts and our staff members will be presenting workshops on the subjects of worry, burnout, suffering, and counseling the post-abortive woman.
Every Christian is Spirit-filled for the purpose of helping brothers and sisters trapped by sin. Bearing one another’s burdens is a fulfillment of Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as our self. We point burdened people to the ultimate Burden-Bearer—Jesus Christ!
Please join us for the Bearing One Another’s Burden’s Biblically Conference on the beautiful campus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas, on March 5-7, 2015. For more information and to register, please see our website at www.b3conference.org.