There are no pat answers that help people facing hardship. There are no simple formulas for how people change. Only God can search a heart. Still, God uses regular people to bring about incredible change in other people’s lives every day.
The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Wisdom comes from God. How do you become a man or woman of understanding? How do you draw another person out without causing offense? Scripture makes sense out of both the good and hard things of life. How do you find good words from Scripture? How do you connect people’s individual stories to THE Story of the Bible?
In order to give help, you must first be a receiver of the help God offers to you in Christ. To be compassionate with a sinner, you must learn how to deal with your own sin, crying out for and receiving God’s mercy. Having been forgiven, you can walk with others who yearn for forgiveness and healing. To walk patiently with someone grieving, you must know how tenderly God speaks to you in the midst of heartache and cares for you even if you are slow to respond. In and with Jesus we offer to others what we have first received.
Our ministry exists to address issues of sin and suffering and answer counseling-related questions through our training and resources. Two years ago we published the first curriculum in a new topical series toward this aim. Since that time, three more topics have been released, with more on the way. Topics include psychiatric disorders, loss, growing together, and shame. Here are some examples of how you can use these studies:
Rejoice with us in how God is using these materials to equip the church. Loss is being used all over the world including in Germany, England, Belgium, Australia, and Singapore. Psychiatric Disorders is being used at churches, drug and alcohol recovery centers, counseling centers, seminaries, and mission agencies. Growing Together has been used to equip pastors, counselors and lay leaders at over 80 churches. Uncovering Shame & Guilt, released this summer, is being used in over 50 churches.
Our national conference is this month! We have been diligently preparing and praying for this event, which runs from October 12th through October 15th. This year’s topic is on family. We will explore the ways God forms and reforms family with the goal of facing the brokenness and embracing the blessing of family. If you are joining us, we can’t wait to see you! And if you, like me, are unable to attend this year, please consider joining us for our Live Stream, which will be made available in Spanish and English this year. For more information follow this link.
This month marks the beginning of the new online Master of Arts in Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS). CCEF will provide instruction for the counseling courses in this degree. Alasdair Groves, our School of Biblical Counseling Director, has been working closely with WTS to design the curriculum. Alasdair is most excited about how this partnership with WTS, and all of our online courses, will equip men and women who are already serving in their home churches and local ministries. We pray that many, many people will be equipped for ministry as they are serving in ministry.
Please join us in prayer this month:
Finally, please take a moment and read our recent newsletter. In it we share about training Ed Welch gave for local pastors on the topic of anger. There are two testimonies from pastors and a brief summary of new books from Ed, David and Mike.
I would love to hear from you. If you have a question about our ministry or a suggestion you want to offer, please write to me at [email protected].
God bless you,
Director of Development