Systematic Biblical Counseling: A Recommendation of CCEF

At Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), their mission aims to Restore Christ to Counseling and Counseling to the Church. Here are four ways their ministry accomplishes this mission: (1) Counseling; (2) Classroom Training; (3) Distance Education; (4) Publications; (5) Conferences.

You can peer into the classroom here as Molly Friesen reminisces about 10 Top Things I Think About My Classes at CCEF.

My only experiences thus far with CCEF have been reading books and listening to messages by their own faculty members. Here are a few books I’ve read, or ones I’m currently reading:
1) Seeing With New Eyes by David Powlison
2) Speaking Truth In Love by David Powlison
3) How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp
4) When People are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch
5) Addictions–A Banquet in the Grave by Edward T. Welch

I just finished a seminal “Christian Counseling” class at the seminary in which I’m currently pursuing a Masters in Theology. Paradoxically, it was one of the most valuable classes I’ve taken so far, simply because it was one with which I’ve disagreed most vehemently. CCEF’s resources (as partially listed above) were the bedrock on which I planted my feet, as I stood face to face with a view of Christian Counseling that seriously lacked a robust grasp of the Redeemer Triune God, the Scriptures that critique the thoughts and motivations of our hearts, and an Anthropology that says we live and move and have our being in a God-contextual world.

After graduating with a ThM, I hope to attend classes at CCEF through their Distance Education Program. Until then, I plan to delightfully commend their ministry and work to you! Thank you, CCEF! And, thank you, my sovereign and ever-present God, for revealing more of yourself in Christ and by your Spirit to me, through your servants at CCEF. Precious Lord, now that I know just a tiny bit more of you, your word, and your world, I have found just tad bit more of myself. To you alone belongs the glory, forever and ever! Amen.


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