Some things are so much easier to say than they are to do.
‘We want to apply the riches of Scripture to the realities of life.’ It’s a wonderful ambition, but how exactly do the Scriptures come alive in a person’s life?
‘We want an approach to personal ministry that speaks to the whole person — mind, heart and will.’ Who could disagree with that, but are we really clear about the way thoughts, feelings and decisions fit together to shape a person’s life? And how confident are we that our approach to ministry is effectively engaging all three?
‘We want to experience God to the full.’ Of course, but how? And what, exactly, do we expect an authentic experience of God to be like?
Jeremy Pierre is both a pastor and a professor of biblical counselling. Exploring the way people experience God is a key emphasis of his teaching. In a series of keynote addresses, Jeremy will show how the Bible leads us to experience God with all of our being — thoughts, feelings and will.
Yet this isn’t some personal renovation project. We can only experience God as we should because Jesus Christ has gone ahead of us. He lived in relationship with God as human beings were intended to do. He earned the right to welcome each of us into this new humanity by faith.
Sins forgiven, design restored.
The heartbeat of the conference will be how to apply these life-transforming truths to ourselves and others – each in our own unique contexts.
Jeremy Pierre is Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky.
Author of The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experience, he serves on the board of directors for the Biblical Counseling Coalition and is a certified member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He and his wife Sarah raise their five children in Louisville, Kentucky.
Executive Director, Steve Midgley, talked to Jeremy Pierre about his hopes for the conference.
Watch the full version of the interview.
Steve Midgley is the Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK. He teaches courses in biblical counselling at Oak Hill College and is director of the Certificate Course run by Biblical Counselling UK.
He is a board member of CCEF, on the council of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and the senior minister of Christ Church, Cambridge. Before being ordained, Steve trained as a psychiatrist.
The conference will include:
- Main sessions describing how to apply Scripture to human experience, a skill relevant to a wide range of contexts and ministries
- An emphasis on biblical counselling methodology
- An optional introduction to biblical counselling in the local church
- Time to network and reflect with others
- Conference sermon
The optional 24-hour masterclass will provide an opportunity for a smaller number of delegates to engage with Jeremy’s teaching in greater depth.
It will be of particular benefit to those who have some familiarity with biblical counselling, but no preparation is required and there are no specific requirements for attendance beyond having been at the first part of the conference.
Using worked examples and case studies, Jeremy will give a counselling-specific methodology for applying his teaching in our own contexts. Moving beyond principles to practicalities, through plenary sessions and small group discussions, Jeremy will help us develop our personal ministry in a way that will serve God’s people wisely in our local churches.
The masterclass closes with lunch on Thursday 28 March.
Venue & Timings
The Hayes, Swanwick, Derbyshire
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.
Monday 25th March at 12 noon (1pm for delegates who have not booked lunch)
Monday 25th March at 2pm
Wednesday 27th March with lunch
Thursday 28th March with lunch
Prices & Booking
CONFERENCE PLUS MASTERCLASS
The residential price includes all meals during the conference, starting with supper on Monday and finishing with lunch on the final day.
The non-residential price includes all meals except breakfast.
Delegates can also book lunch on Monday for an additional charge.
The Conference and Masterclass are both full.
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