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BCF Press Release



October 7, 2015

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Twenty-three Baptist College of Florida students participated in the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) World Conference in Nashville, TN.

On September 23-26, twenty-three students from The Baptist College of Florida participated in the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) World Conference in Nashville, TN. The 2015 AACC World Conference boasted a sellout crowd of nearly 7,000 counselors and ministers from all 50 states and many countries around the world who gathered to hear dynamic plenary addresses and attend numerous workshops on topics related to Christian counseling and spiritual care. The event offered practical strategies for effective ministry from some of the world’s leading experts in professional, pastoral, and lay counseling. Featured speakers included John Ortberg, Matt Chandler, Ed Stetzer and Joni Eareckson Tada.

The conference also contained exhibitors from around the world. Various organizations set up booths that offered resources and information on ministry opportunities, in-patient and out-patient counseling facilities, and graduate-level training programs, all committed to a Christian worldview in their approach to mental, emotional, and behavioral health.

In addition to attending the conference, the BCF group volunteered their time and energy behind the scenes to distribute materials, help with hosting, and provide general assistance under the supervision of the volunteer director of the AACC event. The students described the conference experience as educational and enjoyable. First-time student attendee and Christian Counseling Major Erin Watson expressed surprise at the variety of services offered through the AACC. “I was encouraged to know that so many people with so many gifts could be used by God in so many ways through the counseling ministry,” she said. Kathryn Taylor agreed, “My eyes were opened to the extensive field of Christian counseling, and I was surprised by the number of people from around the world who are not only interested, but active in this ministry.”

According to BCF Christian Counseling Professor Kristy Ford, BCF students benefited from an increased awareness and passion for counseling that is built on the foundation of God’s truth. “An experience like this is not only exciting for the students but is also educational,” stated Ford. Events such as the AACC World Conference enrich the counseling program at The Baptist College of Florida by exposing students to future ministry possibilities using their degree, while educating them on cutting-edge research and effective strategies proposed by current professionals in the field of Christian psychology and counseling.