One strength and weakness of CCEF is our name! In fact, we have had many discussions over the years about whether to change our name. Those discussions always end where they began, and our name remains unchanged. Surprisingly, the strengths and weaknesses of our name are due to the word counseling. Our debate is always about how the “c-word” both communicates and miscommunicates the vision of our ministry.
First, there are strengths in coupling the words “Christian” and “Counseling.” Our name means that we are convinced that the good news of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension, present intercession, and promised return (the gospel) directly addresses the very problems that formal counseling and therapy address. At CCEF we are convinced that Christ brings hope to any and every conceivable personal and interpersonal problem. And even more, we believe that the redemptive actions and words of the Father, Son, and Spirit on our behalf always speak to both the seemingly mundane and the extremely complex problems that are a part of the fallen human condition.
This article is from the forthcoming issue of CCEF NOW.