Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation


Family: Embracing the Blessing, Facing the Brokenness

Family. What image springs to your mind? Big smiles and warm hugs? Dark looks and harsh words? An empty frame and yearning for what never was and may never be? Perhaps it’s more complicated than that–maybe the smile is real, but the eyes reveal something more. Perhaps blessing and brokenness are tangled together. Or perhaps we’re troubled when we compare the snapshots in our mind with images of family immortalized by Norman Rockwell or the picture we envision of what a “Christian family” is supposed to be.

But what are we to make of the fact that in all of Scripture not one single family is held up as an idealized role model? How can that be? Because the Bible is no stranger to the complexities of family. At this year’s National Conference, we’ll be exploring the ways God forms and reforms family, how he shapes and reshapes us through family. Whatever our situation or experience, whether single or married, old or young, whatever roles we play, this conference will help us face the brokenness and embrace the blessing of family.

Families and busyness | God’s design for families | How technology affects family | What to do when family hurts you | Nurturing family | Marriage after infidelity | Family in ministry | Caring for families in crisis | Adoption and foster care | Singles in family | Family history | Divorce: Family in the aftermath | Caring for aging family members

David Powlison | Ed Welch | Julie Lowe | Mike Emlet | Jayne Clark | Alasdair Groves | Ste Casey | Steve Midgley | Darby Strickland | Todd Stryd | Michael Gembola | Laura Andrews | Rick Horne | Tim Geiger | Eamon Wilson | Janet Nygren

Where: Frisco, TX, at the Frisco Convention Center
Lodging: We have contracted with Embassy Suites Frisco (Connected to the Convention Center)
Flying: The Dallas Fort Worth Airport and the Dallas Love Field Airport are both located within 22 miles of the Convention Center, where the conference is being held.