Where is CCEF heading, and what are we doing in our ministry? During the past 2 years our faculty, board, and staff have been working hard on practical strategic planning. I am pleased to report our planning has generated traction and unity. Here are six milestone moments in this process.
First, in May 2014 our board charged us to better fulfill our mission to restore counseling as one of the core ministries of local churches. Jesus ministers both in candid, personal conversations and by pointed, public preaching. Scripture and the Spirit call Christian people to do better at conversation. How can CCEF do better at equipping Christian people in the context of their local churches?
Second, in January 2015, much behind-the-scenes work came to fruition at a faculty retreat. The fruit of our time of prayer and discussion led to concrete plans for the future. We committed to expand our curriculum with new classes and reshape current courses to better express ministry purposes of personal growth and practical application.
Third, in 2015 our first new course in over 10 years was taught by Darby Strickland: Counseling Abusive Marriages. We also wrote and produced the first curriculum in a new series for groups and individuals—Psychiatric Disorders: A biblical approach to complex problems.
Fourth, in August 2015 we paid off our mortgage. CCEF became debt free for the first time since acquiring our main building in 1976! All monies now go to present-tense ministry needs, and in mentoring younger faculty and developing our teaching for long-term fruitfulness.
Fifth, the topic of our recent National Conference, “Side-by-Side,” was no accident. The talks expressed a vision for how people who know their own need for Christ’s grace can help others who need to know Christ’s grace.
Sixth, we announced the details of where our ministry is heading at a donor dinner during the National Conference in Virginia Beach. You can read the transcript online. Please do. It captures the compelling testimonies that have been sharpening us, and the inside story of what we have been doing.
We need your support for CCEF’s ministries, through praying for us and helping us financially. We are committed to the careful thought, patient process, and hard work of serving practical theology around the world. Here are some of the upcoming ways we will serve in 2016:
- We anticipate serving some 2,000 students, and 3 new classes are being developed.
- We will publish 3 issues of the Journal of Biblical Counseling for 2,000 subscribers.
- The second curriculum in our new series—how to face loss—will be released.
- We will travel and speak at 30 events in churches and seminaries around the world.
Thank you for considering our need in your year-end giving plans.
God bless you,