Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation



2017 National Conference

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.

Conference sessions/topics include:

God Ordains Family
God Disrupts Family
Every Single Family Member
Nurturing Family
Ministering to Families in Crisis
Does Family History Matter?
God Redeems Family

… and many more.

Conference speakers include:

David Powlison
Ed Welch
Julie Lowe
Alasdair Groves
Jayne Clark
Ste Casey
Steve Midgley

… and more.

Registration Rates and Deadlines*

  • (Deadline extended) Through April 1st: $175
  • Through May 1st: $200
  • Through August 1st: $225
  • Through the conference: $250

*Note: All deadlines run through the listed date at 11:59 p.m. PST. These rates do not include pre-conference sessions.

Special Discounts

There are discounts available for the following groups. Please select the appropriate “ticket type” when registering.

  • Full-time students
  • Military personnel
  • Groups of 5-9
  • Groups of 10 or more
  • Members of the Deaf community (American Sign Language interpretation available)

Professional American Sign Language Interpretation will be provided

Click below to register.


Location & Details

When: October 13th-15th, 2017

Where: Frisco, TX, at the Frisco Convention Center

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

Embassy Suites Frisco (Connected to the Convention Center)
7600 John Q. Hammons Drive
Frisco, Texas, 75034
– $169 for 1 King or 2 Queen Beds
– $184 for King Balcony Suite
Use link above or call to reserve room under CCEF block: (972) 712-7200


If you are driving to the conference this year, use the following address in your GPS:
Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco Convention Center
7600 John Q. Hammons Drive
Frisco, TX 75034

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.

Transportation Options From the Airport

Super Shuttle will provide shuttle service for $28 per person each way to or from either airport. Book reservations here.

Private Car
Uber and Lyft are both available in Dallas/Fort Worth.