For many of us in ministry, our ministry becomes our life. There is something beautiful in living out one’s calling in service to Christ, but there can also be dangers in too closely associating our identity with our calling. In this workshop we will seek a biblical balance between life and calling.
From Bible times until now we see examples of those who live to keep others happy. Some have even abandoned the faith in order to avoid conflict. This workshop will look at this serious sin and will give suggestions on how to fight it.
This workshop will help those who have been diagnosed with PTSD and those who counsel them. We will take the D out of PTSD and by understanding the nature of this difficult struggle through a biblical lens.
Sanctification is a dynamic process; established by God, carried out by God, and completed by God. Yet, human effort is involved in God’s design of sanctification. Much of that effort flows from an accurate understanding of self as having been crucified with Christ and raised with him to new life.
Many come to us with deep-seated identity issues that are bound up in their upbringing. They see “family identity” as inescapably shaping who they are and what they do. This workshop will help people biblically examine their upbringing and its effect on their lives.
There are so many ways for us to define ourselves: From our politics, to our family size, our denomination, to our recycling habits, our spiritual disciplines…On and on it goes as we try to discover which fig leaf fits best. In addition, we look to the law to make us happy only to find ourselves filled with despair when we fail (again!) or pride, which is even worse when we succeed. Who are we? How does the Bible define us? And why is that the only identity that will satisfy us?
The goal of this talk is to address personality from a biblical perspective. We begin with the presupposition that all believers, regardless of natural disposition, are new creatures. From there we affirm the expectation that each is to imitateChrist. Finally, we will develop practical implications so that each person can realize the effect of the gospel in his or her own life.
Every Christian should aspire to be a gospel counselor to others and church leaders should nurture such an aspiration in their people. This workshop spotlights how the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, fostered this aspiration in his readers, giving them extensive gospel counsel and then commissioning them to do the same for one another. This workshop unpacks Paul’s approach, which provides a hopeful vision for church leaders and church members who want to participate in a flourishing of gospel-centered counseling in their churches.
In a high-tempo, status-seeking, achievement-driven, celebrity-worshiping world how are Christians to view “success.” Are high achievers called to scorn their success? Is the pastor whose ministry never grows above 25 people a failure? What if my career is my identity? These questions and more will be addressed by examining relevant biblical passages to see what God has to say about success.
Life in a fallen world involves many forms of suffering, including medical diseases, health issues, and disabilities of all types.This workshop will explore the ways that the gospel intersects and provides transformation in these avenues of suffering.
This workshop explores the concept that all believers have a calling fromGod and that all legitimate callings are holy to the Lord, not just religious callings. We will consider what this means for identity in general and the counseling relationship specifically. Particular emphasis will be placed on how this impacts retirement.
The sin of “being wise in one’s own eyes” is easy to see in others, yet difficult to see in ourselves. Because this prideful self-perception is so hazardous to our spiritual health and to the giving and receiving of biblical counsel, we sometimes need to target this sin first in order to create an opening for progress on other fronts. In this workshop, we make an effort to expose this sinful self-perception and replace it with a new perspective shaped by the gospel
Issues of identity are some of the most difficult and painful questions facing survivors of abuse. Sadly, many abuse survivors look to false-refuge help and settle for a counterfeit identity as their source of strength and hope. This workshop will demonstrate that Jesus is the true refuge for abuse survivors and that identity inHim is the pathway to true healing, transformation, and lasting hope.
This workshop explores one of the key concepts of the Protestant Reformation that is often forgotten. Most of us know of the five “solas”, but do you know of the “omnis”? This workshop explores the concept that all believers are Prophets, Priests, and Kings and what this means for identity in general and the counseling relationship specifically.
Children who are sexually abused lack the ability to process what has happened to them. Although they intrinsically know what happened was wrong, most carry tremendous guilt and shame and see themselves as permanently damaged. This session will focus on helping victims of childhood sexual abuse overcome the negative impacts of trauma.
Self-hate is a subterranean problem, usually buried deep under layers of relational conflict, anxiety, and depression. Self-hate is not a form of humility, but is a problem with the perception of self. God has a superior message for self-haters.
How does identity in Christ transform a person struggling with addictions? This worship will aim to demonstrate how a believer’s union with Christ is at the center of ministering to addicts and how the resources found in the gospel are an addict’s only hope for true change.
This workshop explores the Biblical basis for gender and how that impacts identity. Also, we will explore how one’s gender is tied to one’s expression of theImage of God. Finally, we will extrapolate the implications for counseling.
By its very nature domestic violence attacks the identity of those who experience it. Abusive people use intimidation, manipulation, and mind games that leave their victims confused, insecure, and believing they are worthless. This workshop will explore ways to help victims of domestic abuse overcome the common lies and beliefs that prevent them from realizing their true identity in Christ.
Sin is so tragic because it corrupts what is most beautiful: God’s personhood displayed in people. Capacities God intended for good are distorted—from the way we think, to the desires that drive us, to our deepest commitments. Accurately understanding who we are means acknowledging this corruption and looking outside ourselves for a solution.