At the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) annual meeting last October the membership voted to change the name to Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). While a name change is not that significant, the attitude and approach of the organization has been refreshing. People’s problems are solvable only through the truth of God’s word and this ministry is poised to help those in need.
Under the new leadership of Heath Lambert, ACBC will launch a conference at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles. Scheduled for October 6-8, this conference will speak to the critical issue of our day: “The Gospel & Mental Illness.”
Heath Lambert has said, “We live in a broken world, beset with overwhelming problems: disease, pain, death, sorrow, sin and mental illness.” While we all know that these are the result of the fall, the Christian no longer needs to be incarcerated in the hopelessness of the world. Through Jesus Christ, God has brought the solution to people’s foremost problem: separation from God.
This conference will be helpful for pastors, counselors and anyone who disciples others–even those who are only just being introduced into the counseling world. Nearly every believer counsels at one level or another, and this conference will help all of us in reaching our dying world. It will equip believers in the battle against temptation, and strengthen our ability to help others. The brokenhearted have found little help in what this culture has to offer and we have everything necessary for the heart of man (2 Peter 1:3).
Our culture labels those suffering with “mental illness” as hopeless and irretrievable. The gospel is the answer and this conference is uniquely designed to find suitable solutions that truly help. There will be 60 break-out sessions and various key-note speakers such as John MacArthur, Heath Lambert, and David Powlison.
For more information, go to the ACBC website. You can register there, and prices go up after July 24, and August 28.