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Biblical Counseling Conference - July 15-17, 2021

Our 2020 conference was canceled due to covid restrictions, but we are gearing up for 2021! Brad Bigney, Jim and Caroline Newheiser, Randy Patten and others will be ministering God’s word to us over 3 wonderful days.  Registration is open!

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PLEASE NOTE: PLENARY SESSIONS involve all conference attendees together in the Main Auditorium.

TRACK ONE

THURSDAY, July 15, 2021
9:00am – 10:30am: Registration/Check in.
10:30am – 12:00pm: (Plenary Session) Help! I want to change (Newheiser)
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch provided on site.
1:00pm – 2:00pm: What makes Biblical Counseling Unique (Patten)
2:00pm – 2:25pm: Break (snacks provided)
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Physical Illness (Gannon)
3:30pm – 3:55pm: Break (snacks provided)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Definition and Goals of Counseling (Bigney)
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Dinner (not provided)
6:30pm – 8:00pm: (Plenary Session) Overcoming Anger with Grace (Newheiser)

FRIDAY, July 16, 2021
8:00am – 8:30am: Registration/Check in.
8:30am – 9:30am: Key Elements. Gather Data, Discern Problem. (Patten)
9:30am – 9:55am: Break (snacks provided)
10:00am – 11:00am: Key Elements: Establish Involvement and Give Hope (Bigney)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Key Elements: Provide Instruction and Give Homework (Patten)
12:00pm – 1:30pm:  Lunch (provided)
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Secular and Integration Theories (Bigney)
2:30pm – 2:55pm: Break (coffee/drinks only)
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Understanding the Heart (Bigney)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Depression (Gannons)
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Dinner (not provided)
6:30pm – 8:00pm: Plenary Session. Trials and Suffering (Bigney)

SATURDAY, July 17, 2021
8:00am – 8:30am: Registration/Check in.
8:30am – 9:30am: Addressing Psychotropic Medications*** (Gannon)
9:30am – 9:55am: Break (snacks provided)
10:00am – 11:00am: Guilt and Repentance (Bigney)
11:15am – 12:15pm: Forgiveness (Newheiser)
12:15pm – 12:20pm: Closing announcements and prayer

*** Psychotropic Medications is a repeat of 2019, as we are moving all of the Medical Issues to the same year for Track one, so that attendees can see how they all connect.

God’s purpose for marriage (Patten). For those pursuing certification, you will need to listen to this session online to complete the lecture requirements. This talk can be found HERE.

TRACK TWO

THURSDAY, July 15, 2021
9:00am – 10:30am: Registration/Check in.
10:30am – 12:00pm: (Plenary Session) Help! I want to change (Newheiser)
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (provided)
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Designing a Premarital Counseling Class (Sauskojus)
2:00pm – 2:25pm: Break (snacks provided)
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Marriage Counseling Template (Bigney)
3:30pm – 3:55pm: Break (snacks provided)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Keys to Preserving and Strengthening Marriage (Newheiser)
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Dinner (offsite)
6:30pm – 8:00pm: (Plenary Session) Overcoming Anger with Grace (Newheiser)

FRIDAY, July 16, 2021
8:00am – 8:30am: Registration/Check in.
8:30am – 9:30am: Communication/Conflict Resolution (Newheiser)
9:30am – 9:55am: Break (snacks provided)
10:00am – 11:00am: Preventative Counseling for In-Law Issues (Sauskojus)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Keys to Reviving a Broken or Stagnant Marriage (Bigney)
12:00pm – 1:30pm:  Lunch (provided)
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Split Session:

Women – Counseling People Pleasers (C. Newheiser)
Men – Godly Grandparenting in an Ungodly Age (J. Newheiser)

2:30pm – 2:55pm: Break (coffee/drinks only)
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Helping Those Who Parent Alone (Patten)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Raising the Kids, Not the Roof (Rowe)
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Dinner (offsite)
6:30pm – 8:00pm: Plenary Session. Trials and Suffering (Bigney)

SATURDAY, July 17, 2021
8:00am – 8:30am: Registration/Check In
8:30am – 9:30am: A Kind Critique of Love Languages (Newheiser)
9:30am – 9:55am: Break (snacks provided)
10:00am – 11:00am: Marriage and Divorce (Hughes)
11:00am – 11:15am: Break (no snacks)
11:15am – 12:15pm: Counseling Those with Divorce in their Past (Patten)
12:15pm – 12:20pm: Closing announcements and prayer

TRACK THREE – ACBC EXAM PREP

Thursday, July 15, 2021
9:00am – 10:30am: Registration/Check In
10:30am – 12:00pm: (Plenary Session) Help! I want to change (Newheiser)
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (provided)
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Introduction (Brad Wright) and Theology Questions 1, 2 and 9 (Thibault)
2:00pm – 2:25pm: Break (snacks provided)
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Theology Questions 3, 4, 22 and 24 (Thibault)
3:30pm – 3:55pm: Break (snacks provided)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Theology Questions 5, 6, 7 and 21 (Thibault)
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Dinner (offsite)
6:30pm – 8:00pm: (Plenary Session) Overcoming Anger with Grace (Newheiser)

FRIDAY, July 16, 2021
8:00am – 8:30am: Registration/Check In
8:30am – 9:30am: Theology Questions 8, 14, 15 and 16 (Thibault)
9:30am – 9:55am: Break (snacks provided)
10:00am – 11:00am: Theology Questions 10, 11, 12 and 13 (Thibault)
11:00am – 12:00pm: Theology Questions 17, 18, 19, 20 and 23 (Thibault)
12:00pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (provided)
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Counseling Questions 1, 4, 6 and 11 (tbd)
2:30pm – 2:55pm: Break (coffee/drinks only)
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Counseling Questions 16, 18, 19 and 20 (tbd)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Counseling Questions 2, 7, 10 and 12 (tbd)
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Dinner (offsite)
6:30pm – 8:00pm: Plenary Session. Trials and Suffering (Bigney)

SATURDAY, July 17, 2021
8:00am – 8:30am: Registration/Check In
8.30am – 9:30am: Counseling Questions 3, 8, 9 and 17 (tbd)
9.30am – 9:55am: Break (snacks provided)
10:00am – 11:00am: Counseling Questions 5, 13, 14 and 15 (Gannon)
11:00am – 11:15am: Break (no snacks)
11:15am – 12:15pm: Tying up lose ends – counseling questions & clarification (Schreibeis, Wright, Gannon)
12:15pm – 12:20pm: Closing announcements and prayer

CONFERENCE ENDS

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Brad Bigney

Brad has been a pastor and husband for many years. He earned his M.Div from Columbia Bible Seminary, is an ACBC certified counselor and has been serving as the Senior Pastor of Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Florence, KY since 1996. He and his dear wife Vicki have five children.

Randy Patten

President of TEAM Focus Ministries, Director of Training Emeritus of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Randy was previously the Exec. Director of NANC (now ACBC) and served for 12 years as a local church pastor. Randy has a BA from Cedarville, OH and an M.Div from Grace Theological Seminary, IN. He is a founding member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and contributing author to several books. He and his wife Cindy have been married for 46 years, have two children and six grandchildren.

Dr James Newheiser

Jim is the Director of the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship and the Director of the Christian Counseling Program at RTS Charlotte.  He is also the Assoc. Professor of Christian Counseling and Practical Theology at RTS Charlotte and an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Counseling at the Master’s College.  Jim serves as a board member at the Biblical Counseling Coalition and ACBC. For 25 years, he has served as the Preaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Escondido, CA. Jim and Caroline have been married for 36 years and have 3 adult children.

Bryan Hughes

Bryan is the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Bozeman, where he has served since 1984. He earned his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute; M.A. from Western Seminary and D.Min from Trinity Theological Seminary.  Bryan has taught at Bible colleges in Ukraine, Africa, Siberia, Albania, Russia, Turkey, Italy and throughout the US. He serves on the faculty of Montana Bible College and is a board member of the Master’s College.  Bryan and his wife Bev have three adult children and 3 grandchildren.

Pastor Craig Rowe

Craig retired from full time ministry, but continues to teach in various capacities and is an adjunct professor at Montana Bible College. He pastored for 33 years and also counseled and taught for five years at Biblical Counseling Center in Arlington Heights, IL. He received a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He is certified and a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He and his wife Sue have four grown children and reside in Bozeman, MT.

Dan and Pam Gannon

Dr. Dan and Pam Gannon serve as part of the counseling team at Grace Bible Church, in Bozeman, Montana and Dan serves on the elder board as well. Dan, as a retired Orthopedic Surgeon and Pam, as a registered nurse, bring their understanding of medical issues into the biblical counseling world and use their training as certified Biblical Counselors to address many of the aspects of the relationship between the medical world and Biblical counseling. Dan and Pam are also frequent speakers at training conferences hosted by ACBC around the country. Dan and Pam also teach several classes in the biblical counseling program at Montana Bible College. Dan and Pam have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Brad Wright

Brad earned his BS from Montana State and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from Penn State. Brad’s career has focused mostly on product design and development and has included work in aerospace, architecture, research and academia. Brad is ACBC certified and serves on the Elder Board and Counseling Committee at Grace Bible Church. Brad is married to Cindy and has 2 adult daughters.

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Conference Date:
July 15 – 17, 2021

Will the sessions be recorded?
An MP3 format audio CD of the conference sessions will be available for purchase from Grace Books. Individual talks will also be available. Order forms will be included in the conference materials and must be paid for by cash or check. The CDs will be be mailed to you by the beginning of September.

Will there be a conference bookstore?
Yes! Grace Books will carry a selection of books and counseling resources, available for purchase, including publications by the speakers. We accept cash, Visa and MasterCard. AND, everyone who registers gets a $10 gift card for use in Grace Books.

Is food included in my registration fee?
Snacks will be provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Lunch will be provided on Thursday and Friday only. Grace also has a cafe where excellent, in-house roasted espresso drinks, and various snacks can be purchased.  If you prefer to eat outside, we have a big canopy tent.  Please read the conference menu in the tab below. There is an option to attend the conference for a reduced rate if you want to provide your own snacks (and lunches on Thursday and Friday).

How do I get there?
Grace Bible Church is located in Southwest Montana. (Link to our map) We are about 10 minutes from I-90 and about 20 minutes from Bozeman Airport. Daily direct flights from Denver, Salt Lake, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago and others.

What else is there to do in Bozeman?
Bozeman has 2 seasons: Winter and relatives! July/August (relatives season) is full of every kind of outdoor activity, raft or kayak on the Yellowstone or Gallatin Rivers, float the Madison, rock climbing, hiking or mountain biking on thousands of miles of quiet and excellent trails in the near vicinity, swimming, golf, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping and we are only about an hour’s drive from Yellowstone National Park.  You name it – Montana has got it and you can probably rent the gear locally, if you’re looking for a display of God’s handiwork! Forget Hawaii, forget New York. Come to the Last Best Place! Why not come to the conference, then spend a week in the great outdoors talking about what you’ve just heard?

What kind of food is available in Bozeman?
Quite a bit. A list of restaurants, fast food places, cafes and bistros is provided in the Conference Resources. Steak, Sushi, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Asian, Italian, Noodles, Pizza, Burgers, Brats, Bagels, Sandwiches and probably a lot more.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations notified up to July 9th, 2021 will be fully refunded, minus a $10 admin fee.  No refunds are available after July 9th (but we can give someone else your place, if you like).

If you are part of a group registering 10 people (where the 11th is free), no refunds are available at any time but you can substitute a different name up to July 10 before the conference starts. Substitutions probably need to be in the same Track as the original name, but if space is available, we can move them.

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July 15 – 17, 2021

Early Registration until May 31.  $80 per person

Late Registration after May 31. $100 per person

Friday or Saturday Only. $50 per person (no early discount)

Please read the dietary information below before registering.  We are including a second option to register at a reduced rate, which does NOT include meals or snacks.

Groups/Individual Registration
If you register 10 people at the same time, you can register an 11th for free. No refunds will be available for groups; but substitutions can be made up to July 10. Click HERE to register 1 to 11 people.  If anyone in your group have dietary requirements necessitating that they/you provide your own meals, see the link below:

Groups/Individual Registration with dietary issues who do NOT wish to have meals or snacks included Click HERE.

Pastors
Pastors and their wives can register for half price each, when registering together. $40 each until May 31. There is no reduction for meals. $50 each after May 31. Click HERE to register.

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Provisional Menu for 2021 Biblical Counseling Conference

Over the 8 years we have done the conference, the number of requests relating to various food allergies has increased to the point that, sadly, we can no longer keep up with the number of special meals.

If you have serious or life threatening health concerns related to food or if the menu just doesn’t appeal to you (!), rather than risk giving you something that you cannot eat – we can reduce your cost by $20 pp and you could bring your own. 

The two main points from this:

  • If you have food issues and if the alternatives listed above DO NOT work for you, let us know and we will send you a separate link to register at a reduced “bring your own food” rate.
  • If you have food issues and the alternatives listed above DO work, let us know the specifics (gluten free, vegetarian, etc.) so we can make sure you will have tasty and appropriate food ready for you.

Below you will see a reasonably accurate guide to what we will have this year.

Snacks served throughout the conference will generally be apples, bananas, seasonal fruits, boiled eggs, hummus, raw veggies, baby bell, meat sticks, unsalted roasted almonds, yoghurt and melon, although there will be things with gluten/nuts on offer as well, like Kirkland nut bars. At some point, if it’s warm enough, ice cream or fruit bars.

Lunch Thursday will be a croissant sandwich with turkey/roast beef and cheese, chips, brownie. Individual packages of mayo, mustard, butter will be available.

Lunch Friday will be BBQ’d meat in salt and pepper, olive oil, and tamari.   Arugala salad, parmesan, olive oil, lemon and balsamic. Baked potato or mashed potato served separately.

The main thing that will be prepared off site is the Wilbur Beans (basically, sweet baked beans with meat. We get that from Famous Dave’s and here is a link which shows what is in it.)

There is information contained in the registration pack showing various places where you may choose to go for dinner on those days. Dinner is not provided at the conference.

If you have any questions, please contact us as soon as possible.

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