Residential Conference 2020

Feeling well: Glorifying God with our emotions

Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 February 2020
Optional post-conference workshop, finishing lunchtime on Thursday 13 February 2020

Speakers: Steve Midgley, Joanna Jackson, Andrew Nicholls and Ste Casey

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Feeling Well

Though it’s impossible to imagine a life without emotion, we can pay surprisingly little attention to our emotional life.

If we do speak of emotion, we often do so in simplistic ways: ‘don’t bottle your feelings up – it’s good to let them out’; ‘you’re just being emotional’; ‘be careful – don’t let your feelings run away with you.’

But the same God who gave us the ability to think, also gave us the ability to feel. And the Bible is full of instructions to feel well. God commands us to rejoice, and to love, and not to be afraid. According to Jesus, the problem with the religious leaders of his day was that there was no feeling, no genuine love. They acted out of cold duty, not passionate love. And God wants the latter.

Living well must involve feeling well. And glorifying God with all our heart must include an emotional response. All of which means our feelings deserve rather more attention than we often seem to give them.

This conference will put the focus on feelings. Not bypassing our minds but exploring how thought and emotion go together. We’ll ask what emotions are, why they matter and even the vexed question of whether God has any. We’ll address the kind of problems that arise when emotions are too strong (and too weak) and also the crucial role emotion plays in allowing us to relate well to one another and to relate well to God.


Steve Midgley is the Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK. He teaches courses in biblical counselling at Oak Hill College and is the director of the Certificate Course. He is senior minister of Christ Church, Cambridge and trained as a psychiatrist before being ordained.

Joanna Jackson is a chartered Counselling Psychologist and works as the Director of Counselling at the All Souls Counselling Service in London. Joanna has also trained in Bible teaching and biblical counselling. Her doctoral research focused on the ethical issues associated with integrating psychology and spirituality

Andrew Nicholls was a doctor until he began as a pastor in south west London. After 15 years of church-based ministry, Andrew is now Director of Pastoral Care at Oak Hill College where he teaches biblical counselling and leads the provision of pastoral care for students and their families.

Ste Casey is currently serving as a pastor at Speke Baptist Church, Liverpool, which is seeking to reach out to the large council estate where they live. Ste has been studying counselling with CCEF since 2008, and has served as a pastoral intern with CCEF in Philadelphia, PA.

Ste Casey shares his excitement about the conference.

Joanna Jackson looks ahead to the conference.


The conference will include:

  • Four main talks outlining a practical theology of emotion
  • Three ‘ministry conversations’ exploring some typical pastoral difficulties relating to emotion
  • Two conference sermons from the Psalms
  • Free time to reflect (and feel!) on our own or in groups


The optional 24 hour post-conference workshop will address practical topics such as helping those who are experiencing difficulties with anger, or anxiety, or sadness and loss. We’ll look at the place of supervision and the continuing development of biblical counselling in the UK.


The Hayes Conference Centre is 5 miles from the M1 (Junction 28), and three miles from Alfreton railway station.


Accommodation is available in single, double or twin rooms. All rooms are ensuite.

The residential price includes all meals during the conference, starting with lunch on Monday and finishing with lunch on the final day.

The non-residential price includes all meals except breakfast.


Monday 10th February with lunch at 12.45pm. Session 1 starts at 2pm

Wednesday 12th February with lunch

Thursday 13th February with lunch

Prices (per person)

Single Room



Double/Twin Room








You can pay using a debit or credit card.  If you paid the non-returnable deposit of £50, we will take the balance of payment on Monday 6th January 2020 from the same card, unless you instruct us otherwise.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or after Monday 6th January 2020 will be charged the full fee. 

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