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We care for souls because God gave the church as His community of care,

His Word as our guide for care, and His Spirit as the empowerment of our care. Our vision of care should be shaped by what God has revealed to us in His Word and the person of Christ, not by what our therapeutic culture claims to be legitimate care for struggling people. We need not fear our responsibility or neglect our calling. Rather, we pursue this eternally valuable act of being the church. And as we do, we become a culture of care. Join us October 2021 as we explore the important task of soul care in the church.

One Conference – Two Great Ways To Experience It

For the first time in ACBC’s history, we are offering two ways to engage in our annual conference experience.

You can join us in person this year as we meet together in Charlotte, NC on October 4-6, 2021!

If attending in person is not possible, we are excited to invite you to join us virtually!

Virtual attendees will livestream all of the plenary sessions from our Annual Conference & Pre-Conference as well as a great selection of breakout sessions, some live and some pre-recorded just for you!


  • 50+ hours of lecture content covering topics like spiritual warfare, complex counseling issues, biblical stewardship, bioethics and gender issues, and the Holy Spirit in counseling
  • Opportunity to watch the conference live and interact with other attendees

  • Over 40 different speakers, including Dale Johnson, Stuart Scott, Martha Peace, and more
  • Conference bookstore with discounts on top biblical counseling books


  • Dale Johnson

    Plenary Speaker
  • Stuart Scott

    Plenary Speaker
  • Kevin DeYoung

    Plenary Speaker
  • Steve Viars

    Plenary Speaker
  • Michael Kruger

    Plenary Speaker
  • Daniel Kirk

    Plenary Speaker
  • Matt Boswell

    Worship Leader

Event Schedule

  • O Church, Arise

    Reclaiming a Culture of Care

  • Location

    Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Harris Campus

    7200 E. WT Harris Blvd

    Charlotte, NC 28215

  • October 4-6, 2021

Monday, October 4

7:30am-8:30am – Registration and Check In
9:00am-10:00am – Pre-Conference Session #1
10:00am-10:15am – Break
10:15am-11:15am – Pre-Conference Session #2
11:15am-11:30am – Break
11:30am-12:30pm – Pre-Conference Session #3
12:30pm-1:50pm – Lunch
1:50pm-2:50pm – Pre-Conference Session #4
2:50pm-3:00pm – Break
3:00pm-4:00pm – Pre-Conference Session #5
2:30pm-5:30pm – Registration and Check In
6:00pm-7:15pm – Plenary Session #1
7:15pm-7:45pm – Break
7:45pm-8:45pm – Breakout Session #1

Tuesday, October 5

9:00am-10:15am – Plenary Session #2
10:15am-10:30am – Break
10:30am-11:30am – Breakout Session #2
11:30am-12:45pm – Lunch
12:45pm-2:00pm – Plenary Session #3
2:00pm-2:15pm – Break
2:15pm-3:15pm – Breakout Session #3
3:15pm-3:30pm – Break
3:30pm-4:30pm – Plenary Session #4
4:30pm-6:30pm – Member Meeting

Wednesday, October 6

9:00am-10:00am – Breakout Session #4
10:00am-10:15am – Break
10:15am-11:15am – Plenary Session #5
11:15am-12:30pm – Lunch
12:30pm-1:30pm – Breakout Session #5
1:30pm-1:45pm – Break
1:45pm-2:50pm – Plenary Session #6


  • Plenaries

    Dale Johnson A Culture of Care
    Steve Viars The Church: Building Disciples who Care for their Community
    Stuart Scott Soul-Care by Discipleship: a Primary Scriptural Method of Soul Care
    Michael Kruger Church Discipline as an Act of True Soul-Care
    Daniel Kirk Christ as our Head
    Kevin DeYoung Caring for Souls in the Public Proclamation of the Word

  • Breakout 1: Grief/Sorrow Counseling

    **Amy Baker Soul Crushing: The Grief of Miscarriage and Infertility
    Jim Koerber God’s Purposes in Grief and Sorrow
    **Brad Brandt How Not to Counsel: Learning from Job’s Friends
    **Nicolas Ellen The Six Categories of Sorrow
    **Daniel Berger II Helping Those Labeled with Major Depressive Disorder to Discover Hope in Christ
    Venessa Ellen How to Counsel Individuals Who May Die from Chronic Illness
    Sean Perron Counseling Brokenhearted Children
    Kevin Carson Walking with a Family Through the Death of a Child
    **Rhenn Cherry A Biblical Evaluation of the Enneagram

  • Breakout 2: Using the Bible in Counseling

    **Keith Palmer Counseling from Biblical Narratives
    **Ernie Baker Psalms 42-43: A Model for Lament and Dealing with Depression
    Nathan Currey How to Answer a Fool
    Thomas Sugimura Counseling from Prophecy
    Susan Heck The Sovereignty of God as Seen in Psalm 145
    Andrew Rogers “Your Counsel is Only as Good as it is Biblical”
    Jim Newheiser Wise Speech from Proverbs
    Hannah Carter Counseling from Psalm 33
    Mike Massey Lessons on Suffering from 1 Peter
    Charles Hodges Anxiety, Medicine and the Psalms
    Aurelia Smith Grace Relations Counseling Using Psalms of Lament

  • Breakout 3: Theology and Counseling

    John Lehman “I’m a Child of God, so Why Am I Still Struggling?”
    **Tim Pasma Anthropology: A Biblical View of the Person
    **Cheryl Bell Imaging God in My Marriage
    Sam Stephens General Revelation: A Misunderstood and Misused Doctrine
    Tony Anderson Living the Spirit-Empowered Life
    Nate Brooks Counseling and Union with Christ
    **Caroline Newheiser Motivated by our Future Hope: The Need for the Doctrine of Glorification in Counseling
    **Howard Eyrich Training Counselee to Meditate Using Psalm 119
    Ken Schultz The Effects of Sin on Your Counselee’s Thoughts
    **Emily Stahly How to Become ACBC Certified
    **Lance Quinn The Biblical Counselor and the Doctrine of Illumination

  • Breakout 4: Basics of Biblical Counseling

    Julie Ganschow The Critical Role of Repentance in Biblical Change
    **Robert Jones Godlike Listening: Improving Our Listening Skills in Counseling
    **Brad Bigney “Are We There Yet?” Knowing When to Graduate Your Counselee
    John Street Understanding Guilt from a Biblical Viewpoint
    Joseph Propri How and When to Rebuild Trust in a Broken Relationship
    Brent Aucoin A Transformed Heart (Psalm 16)
    **Scott Mehl Practical Service: The Missing Piece of Biblical Counseling
    Henry Beaulieu Overview of Biblical Counseling
    **Randy Patten Top Mistakes Even Seasoned Counselors Make
    Dan Dionne How to Help Elders/Pastors Think Through Medication Biblically
    Donn Arms How to Assign Effective Homework Skillfully

  • Breakout 5: Complementarianism and Counseling

    **Martha Peace Counseling a Woman to be Content in Her Role
    Lilly Park Common Challenges for Singleness
    Dale Christian Is Something Missing?
    **Greg Gifford Exhorting the Passive Husband in Marriage
    **Lisa Schmidt The Proverbs 31 Woman: Is She Relevant for Today?
    Lou Priolo Danger Signs of an Unhealthy Dating Relationship
    **John Street Counseling Women Dealing with a Sinning Husband
    **Sam Stephens How to Become an ACBC Certified Training Center
    Deborah Dewart Update on Religious Liberty and Biblical Counseling

**Indicates that these sessions are offered in person and virtually

Group Watch Virtual Discount

To make our 2021 Annual Conference as accessible as possible to local churches, ACBC is offering deeply discounted group packages for church and ministry groups of 10 or more. To learn more and register today, click here.

CCEF Conference Discount

Once you have registered for the ACBC Conference, forward your ACBC conference confirmation email to CCEF at to receive $50 off your registration for the CCEF Conference, October 8-10 in Greensboro, NC.

Conference Pricing

If Registered By:August 31, 2021Full Price
Annual and Pre-Conference (In-Person & Virtual)
General Registration$300$320
Married Couple (Per Person)$280$300
ACBC Certified$270$290
Military Members$170$170
Annual Conference Only (In-Person Only)
General Registration$200$210
Married Couple (Per Person)$180$190
ACBC Certified$170$180
Military Members$120$120
Pre-Conference Only (In-Person Only)
General Registration$110$120

Travel Information

ACBC has secured discounted room rates for hotels near the conference venue. Simply click the links below to book a room using the discounted rates. The room block is for an October 3, 2021 arrival and October 6, 2021 departure. You must book before September 17, 2021 to secure the prices below.

Sonesta Select Charlotte University Research Park
(Formerly Courtyard University Research Park)

Rate: $79

Drury Inn & Suites University Place
Rate: $109

Hilton University Place
Rate: $139

Holiday Inn University
Rate: $119, Use the Group Code “ACC”

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Charlotte/University
Rate: $104, Use the Group Code “ACB”