2020 National Conference
We are excited to affirm our commitment to delivering the 2020 National Conference in its entirety--either in person at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania, or online. If Federal or State orders prevent us from offering it in person, we will be prepared to shift to an online experience that gives attendees access to all 8 plenaries including worship, 20 workshops, an online bookstore, special events, and some special features as well. One way or the other, we want to come together to learn, worship, fellowship and praise the Lord. So by all means, register with confidence!
1. Invited to Draw Near: Tabernacle as Meeting Place
2. Racism and Drawing Near: How the Gospel Speaks into a Broken World
3. Parenting in a Priestly Manner
4. Taking the Path of Our Great High Priest
5. Drawing Near When You Prayed and Nothing Changed
6. Repentance: Drawing Near to God and Others
7. Nearness Gone Wrong: When Leaders Fail
8. A Time to Step Back?: God’s Purposes for Relational Distance
9. Drawing Near When Sexual Impurity Feels More Exciting or Desirable
10. The Counselor as Priest: Offering Care to Help Others Draw Near to Christ
11. Collaborative Counseling: Working Well with Church Leadership
12. Closer: A Marital Enrichment Seminar for Couples Desiring to Draw Nearer
13. How Friends Help Us Draw Near to God
14. Created to Know and Experience Love
15. Living a Priestly Life: Teaching by Example
16. Drawing Near to Entrenched People
17. A Painful Past: Healing and Moving Forward
18. Watching the High Priest at Work
19. How Direct Access to God and the Priesthood of All Believers Changes Christian Marriages
20. Beyond Devotional Doldrums: Using Scripture and Prayer to Foster Intimacy with God
Building and Maintaining Christ-Centered Counseling Ministries in the Church and Community
Join us in this special session for counseling ministry leaders and staff. This session will feature a time of training, development, and networking for individuals and staff seeking to launch and lead counseling ministries both in their local church and in their community. CCEF’s director of counseling, Cecelia Bernhardt will be joined by Jonathan Holmes, executive director of Fieldstone Counseling for this three hour pre-conference session designed to equip and connect people committed to counseling in and alongside the local church.
Counseling Methodology in Biblical Counseling: Pursuing Excellence and Effectiveness
Pursuing excellence in counseling ministry entails thinking intentionally about what we do in the counseling room. This session will consider both the biblical framing of a counseling methodology as well as offer an introduction to some of the more important methodological components of effective counseling ministry.
Domestic Abuse: Setting Ministry Priorities
What is oppression? Why do people do it? How can we know when it is happening? Sadly, domestic abuse often goes unseen. To both see it and minister effectively, we must have a biblical understanding of oppression, and the damage oppressors inflict. In this pre-conference, we will learn how to unearth oppressive patterns in relationships so that you can engage victims in a loving and safe way. We will explore how to walk alongside both the oppressor and the oppressed, paying particular attention to how the local church can wisely respond and engage when they encounter abuse.
Introduction to Biblical Counseling
Biblical counseling rests on the conviction that Scripture speaks to all people, at all times, in all difficulties. God's Word to us is infinitely deep and offers powerful help to even the most severe and complex situations humans experience. So how do we access this deep wisdom in our own life, and in our relationships with others? And how does the Bible orient us to the field of counseling? How can we bring a unified approach to our Christian discipleship and our care for the counseling-related issues many face in our churches? In this pre-conference session, we'll orient ourselves to biblical frameworks of personal change, and discern how we can step into the lives of others with redemptive words that flow from a wise and compassionate use of Scripture.
October 2–4, 2020 · Hershey, PA
One of the greatest of all human longings is the desire for relational intimacy, yet many of us feel isolated and disconnected from both God and others. God’s plan from the beginning has been for his people to draw near to him, and to each other, as a kingdom of priests. But though the theme of the priesthood is present from Genesis to Revelation, the church’s understanding of it is often limited. Join us as we examine these truths and chart a path for how to reclaim our true identity as royal priests and remake our earthly and heavenly relationships.
The Hershey Lodge
325 University Dr
Hershey, PA 17033
Conference begins at 9:00am on Friday, Oct 2nd
Conference ends at 11:30am on Sunday, Oct 4th
Pre-conference sessions begin at 9:00am on Thursday October 1st
Further details and registration coming soon.
CEUs will be available depending on the requirements of each state. More specific information on CEUs will be available in the month of August.
Our room block at the Hershey Lodge is open! Book your room here. If you prefer to speak to a reservation agent, you can call the Hershey Lodge Reservation office at 855-729-3108. Don't forget to mention the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation when you call.
Complementary parking at the Hershey Lodge is available to all conference attendees.
The Harrisburg International Airport is less than 10 miles from the Hershey Lodge.