Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation


Chattanooga, TN | October 14 – 16, 2016




2016 National Conference



Emotions are core to human experience. Because we are created in God’s image, we are made to respond from the depths of our heart to his creation, as He does. Because of this our emotions are a central component of both our worship and our identity. Yet this also makes our emotions a vulnerable target in both our sins and our sufferings. Both the church and the culture often try to resolve the tensions inherent in our emotions by denying either their beauty or their danger. So how then do we stand up to our emotions without treating them as an enemy? How do we express them well without being led away by them? How can we learn to worship in every emotional state? Join us as we study God’s word and how it teaches us to engage the expressions of our hearts.

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Winston Smith

Alasdair Groves

Sandra McCracken

Joni Eareckson Tada

Ed Welch

Julie Lowe

Mike Emlet

Joe Novenson

This year we have over 20 presenters, including authors, pastors, professors, musicians, and counselors.


Topics & Sessions

  • Feeling Bad about Feeling Bad? –Winston Smith
  • Emotions in the Face of Suffering – Joni Eareckson Tada
  • What Do I Do with My Emotions? – Alasdair Groves
  • A Walk with Our Shepherd – Ed Welch
  • Engaging with God in the Midst of Anxiety – Deepak Reju
  • Taste and See: Cultivating Godly Desires and Emotions – Mike Emlet
  • Grief Undone: Walking through Grief alongside the Spirit – Elizabeth Groves
  • Engaging the Emotional Child – Julie Lowe
  • When Life Implodes: Helping Others During Tragedy – Ray and Jani Ortlund
  • The Experience of Self-Hatred and the Voice of God – Todd Stryd
  • The Psalms and Your Heart: Expressing Your Emotions to God – Sandra McCracken
  • Dealing with the Emotional Life of Mr. and Ms. Self – Joe Novenson
  • Gospel Encouragement through Worship – Matt Mason
  • Down and Out: Feeling Depleted and Discouraged – Robyn Huck
  • Emotionally Abusive Marriages: Restoring the Voice of God for the Sufferer – Darby Strickland

… and many more.

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Choose from one of two sessions:
Relational Wisdom 360 OR Care in the Local Church

PreConference Rates:
Additional $85

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When: October 14th-16th, 2016

Where: Chattanooga, TN, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Lodging: We have contracted with the following hotels for the event:

Holiday Inn and Suites (0.6 miles from Convention Center)
434 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
$129 per night (Doubles or King)
Parking: $14 valet (with in/out privileges)
Use link above or call to Reserve Room under CCEF block: (423) 777-5858

Rate available until October 3, 2016.

The Stadium Inn/Downtown (formerly La Quinta Inn, 1.4 miles from Convention Center)
100 West 21st Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408
$109 per night (Doubles)
Parking: Free
Call to Reserve Room under CCEF block: (423) 265-3151,
and press “0” to speak to a representative to make the reservation.

Chattanooga Marriott Downtown (0.1 miles from Convention Center)
Two Carter Plaza
Chattanooga, TN 37402
$134 per night (Standard room)
Parking: $10 self/$14 valet

Staybridge Suites (0.1 miles from Convention Center)
1300 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
$154 per night (Studios)
$154 per night (One-bedroom suites)
Parking: $3 per day

Days Inn Rivergate (0.1 miles from Convention Center)
901 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
$120 per night (Doubles or King)
Parking: Free
Call to Reserve Room under CCEF block: (423) 266-7331


If you are driving to the conference this year, use the following address in your GPS:
Chattanooga Convention Center
1150 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is located within 10 miles of the Convention Center, where the conference is being held.

Transportation Options From the Airport

The normal rate from the airport to a downtown hotel is $28 per trip. After the first adult passenger they may charge $5 – $10 per additional passenger.

  • Checker Cab: (423) 553-1598
  • Mercury Cab: (423) 624-1084
  • Millennium Taxi: (423) 267-2008
  • National Taxi: (423) 987-9918

Chattanooga Marriott shuttle will provide shuttle service for $25 per person one way to or from the airport. Advance reservations are encouraged: (423) 756-0002.

Private Car
Uber is available in Chattanooga. The starting fare from airport to the CCEF hotels is $14. Additional information and pricing can be found here.

Atlanta Airport Arrival
Groome Transportation offers shuttle service between Atlanta and Chattanooga. You may make a reservation here or by calling
(423) 954-1400 or (800) 896-9928.