Schedule

Monday, February 12, 2018


1–3:50 p.m.
Stratton Hall

Pre-Conference Workshops: The Place of Biblical Counseling in Your Ministry

Jim Newcomer

Anyone ministering the Word of God to God’s people must know how to connect the Scriptures to the problems of living—both great and small. Pastor and biblical counseling trainer Jim Newcomer addresses three critical questions that all church and ministry leaders must answer for themselves.

  • 1–1:50 p.m. — What Is Biblical Counseling and Who Does It?
  • 2–2:50 p.m. — How Does Seminary Training Equip You to Counsel?
  • 3–3:50 p.m. — How Can You Equip Yourself and Your Church to Counsel?

7–8:30 p.m.
Stratton Hall

How Do Biblical Counselors View Man’s Problems?

Jim Berg

In recent years, those at the headwaters of psychiatry have expressed regrets that psychiatry has not determined the pathology of nor discovered effective treatments for most mental illnesses. Some secular thought leaders in the field even question the validity of the official categories of psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Berg presents a biblical worldview that explains the reasons for their confusion and offers a more robust taxonomy for understanding the non-physical problems that human beings encounter on a fallen planet.


8:30 p.m.
Rodeheaver Auditorium Lobby

Reception and Displays


Tuesday, February 13, 2018


8–9:15 a.m.
Stratton Hall

How Do Biblical Counselors View Psychology?

Jeremy Lelek

Every form of counseling (secular or religious) is based upon a specific theory of manā€”beliefs about what kind of being man is; his ideal state; the norms for behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and motives; the nature of his problems and the nature of their remedies.

Biblical counselors understand that while psychology can offer some things that are helpful (when rightly interpreted), the Bible provides everything that is essential for man to flourish before God amid the trials of life. Dr. Lelek offers a biblical perspective on this important issue.


9:45–10:45 a.m.
Stratton Hall

How Do Biblical Counselors View Mental Illness?

Dan & Pam Gannon

Using a case study of depression, the Gannons will demonstrate how seeing mental illness labels through a biblical grid can bring true help and hope.


11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Various Locations

Workshops (during chapel)

Counseling Those With Medical Illness

Dan & Pam Gannon (Stratton Hall)

Everyone faces physical illness and the pain and suffering that accompany it. Our Lord cares deeply about the pain and problems that people face, and believers should reflect that care in counseling. The Gannons provide an approach for how biblical counselors can offer comfort, encouragement and a plan to help counselees deal with their trial in a way that honors God.

Unmasking Addiction: Is It Really a Disease?

Jim Berg (Alumni Building, Lecture Room B)

The battle over the underlying causes of addiction continues to rage today. Are addictions determined by moral choices or by neurobiological, hereditary and environmental influences? Surprisingly, many secular researchers and practitioners have arrived at causes that closely reflect what God has already told us in His Word.

Dr. Berg will present how those same evidence-based voices counter current popular beliefs (e.g., “Once a drunk, always a drunk,” “You are always in recovery”) and will set forth a biblical view of addiction.

What Is the DSM and Is It Helpful?

Greg Mazak (Alumni Building, Lecture Room A)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has been called the bible of the American Psychiatric Association. Every physician and psychologist uses it to make diagnoses and bill insurance companies for treatment. Dr. Mazak discusses how DSM categories are established and whether or not this manual can be of assistance to biblical counselors.

How Do Military Chaplains Minister to PTSD Sufferers?

Steven Brown (Levinson Hall)

Capt. Brown served over thirty years in active and reserve Navy and Marine Corps chaplain positions, ministering to men and women whose lives had been turned upside-down as they sacrificed for their country.

Brown, though retired from the military, continues to train chaplains in how to minister to PTSD sufferers in his role as president of Associated Gospel Churches, a Greenville-based chaplain-endorsing agency.


11–11:35 a.m.
Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium

Chapel: The Testimony of a Recovering Licensed Professional Counselor

Jeremy Lelek

During his doctoral studies in professional counseling education and supervision, Dr. Lelek became acquainted with biblical counseling.

He quickly realized that his previous studies in psychology and Christian counseling at notable Christian universities did not equip him with truly biblical answers to the problems faced in his office. Dr. Lelek will share his testimony of the life-changing journey away from Christian psychology to biblical counseling.


1:30–2:45 p.m.
Stratton Hall

How Do Biblical Counselors View Psychotropic Drugs?

Dan & Pam Gannon

Counselees often ask, “Do antidepressants work?” The Gannons explain the chemical imbalance theory, drug classifications, and the secular and biblical perspectives on whether medications are truly the answer to the problems of living.


3:15–4:45 p.m.
Stratton Hall

Psychology and the Gospel: A Brief History

Jeremy Lelek

Soul care was the domain of the church until modern times, when pastors began referring members of the flock to “professionals.” Biblical counseling sought to reclaim ground lost to secular psychology beginning with Jay Adams in the 1970s.

Dr. Lelek presents how the movement has matured significantly since then and how it is helping to equip pastors and laymen to help others negotiate the trials of life in God-honoring ways.

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