CCEF is excited to offer American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation at this year’s national conference. ASL interpretation will be available in all 8 of the General Sessions and in at least 3 out of 5 breakouts at any given time. If you have questions about ASL at our National Conference, or if you want to support this initiative please email us at [email protected].
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.
Wondering about the National Conference ASL experience?
Watch this video clip from our 2016 event to get a feel for how things are set up in our general sessions.
Interpreters’ Biography: Chuck and Nancy Snyder translate seminary and interpret conferences for Deaf pastors. Both have attained certification with the national interpreting organization. Nancy is a certified biblical counselor with ACBC. Chuck has also been serving as the interim pastor of a Deaf church while the congregation searches for a Deaf pastor. Nancy is the Student and Family Support Coordinator at Logos Academy, a school that is bringing the hope of Christ to families in their city. Nancy is the author of The Gospel for Moving Targets, which is to be published this fall. The Snyders have been blessed with four sons, three daughters-in-law, and two grandsons.
- Special pricing through the conference: $150
*Note: When you click the green TICKETS button, choose “American Sign Language Conference Rate.”
- Who do I contact if I have questions about the conference?
Please email our ASL Coordinator Susan Geiger at [email protected].
- Will ASL be available at all of the sessions?
All of 8 of the General Sessions will have ASL interpretation. At least 3 out of 5 of our breakout sessions will also offer ASL. In September, the ASL Coordinator will contact each registrant to schedule breakout options.
- What if there is a particular breakout sessions I want to attend? Can I let you know my preferences before September?
Yes, email your preferences to [email protected].
- Will ASL be offered at the pre-conference.
No, ASL is not planned for the pre-conference at this time.
- Will there be reserved seating in the conference rooms for Deaf participants?
Yes, there will be reserved seating for Deaf attendees in front of the ASL interpreter.
- I am hard of hearing, will you reserve seats for me at the conference so I can be close to the stage?
Yes, we can accommodate your request. Please email [email protected] so they can work with our Events team to assist you.
- Will ASL be offered at the conference to help with registration or to answer any questions on site?
Yes, we will have ASL at the registration table and at scheduled times throughout the conference at the CCEF booth.
- Will there be opportunities to network at the conference with other Deaf attendees?
Yes, we normally have opportunities planned during the conference for networking. We use an app each year that also helps to network and connect.
- Can I connect with other Deaf attendees prior to the conference?
This may be possible if someone else has also indicated an interest in connecting. Please email [email protected] with your request, and we will respond.