Three Weekends of Life-Changing Biblical Counseling Training
Biblical Counseling Training Conference in Detroit, MI
2020: Sept 10-12, Oct 8-10, and Nov 5-7

Conference Format Update

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have decided to hold the Detroit Regional Conference in an online format. This allows us to adjust a few key elements to make the most of the format. We are committed to making sure you get all of the content you are used to receiving at a regional conference and have a great time of interaction in an online format. [Learn More]

Online Format Features

Electronic Notebook

We plan to offer an electronic notebook in lieu of a printed notebook. We will provide each registrant with a PDF with all the key Power Point notes filled out in completion so that you can focus on absorbing the content and taking your own notes.

Expanded Schedule

View the Schedule

In order to avoid a full day of viewing content on a screen we plan to have the conference start on Thursday evening (Sept 10th), continue on Friday evening (Sept 11), and then also continue on Sat. Morning (Sept 12). We would continue that same format the second and third weekends stating Thur. Oct 8th and Thur. Nov 5th respectively.

The only exception will be the last Saturday (Nov 7th) - where we will have counseling observation videos in the afternoon that are followed by Live Q&A.

Weekly Schedule

Thursday and Friday

  • 5:30-5:45 PM (EST) – Video Conference Call for Track 1 and Track 3 - Welcome, Prayer, Short Devotional and review of daily schedule for each track
  • 5:45-8:00 PM (EST) – Track 1 and Track 3 would watch 2 prerecorded videos.
  • 8:00-9:30 PM (EST) – Day ends with live teaching via video conference, with 30 minute Q&A after to discuss lessons.

Saturday

  • 8:00 AM (EST) Video Conference welcome and start
  • Each track would watch a few prerecorded videos
  • Final teaching of the day would end with live teaching and a Q&A
  • Note: Nov 7th would end at 5:00 PM due to observational videos.

"The three-weekend format was extremely helpful in being able to go home and ‘practice’ what I learned, then go back with questions the next weekend."
- Bill Owens, Counselor

Your Conference Instructors

Brent Aucoin

Pastor of Seminary and Soul Care at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; married with two children; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University; M.S., Engineering, Purdue University; M.Div., Central Seminary; Th.M., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA).

Dr. Brent Aucoin

Kevin Carson

Department Chair of Biblical Counseling at BBC/TS (Springfield, MO); Pastor of Sonrise Baptist Church; ACBC certified; council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition; counselor at Sonrise Biblical Counseling Ministry; conference speaker; married with four children; B.A., Pastoral Theology, Baptist Bible College (Springfield), M. Div., Baptist Bible Graduate School (Springfield); D. Min., Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary.

Dr. Kevin Carson

Nicolas Ellen

Senior Professor of Counseling at the College of Biblical Studies (Houston, TX); Senior Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church; President of Expository Counseling Center; frequent conference speaker; part-time missionary for Oversees Instruction in Counseling Organization; ACBC Fellow; author of many workbooks and books; married with two daughters and four grandchildren; B.B.A., University of Houston; M.A.C.E., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A.B.C., The Master’s University; D. Min., Biblical Counseling, Southern Baptist Seminary; currently finishing a PH.D., Biblical Counseling, Southwestern Theological Seminary.

Dr. Nicolas Ellen

Dustin Folden

Pastor of Discipleship and Extension Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; married with two children; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University; M.Div., Faith Bible Seminary.

Dustin Folden

Rob Green

Pastor of Counseling and Seminary Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC Fellow; instructor and counselor at FBCM; conference speaker; author; married with three children; B.S., Engineering Physics, The Ohio State University; M.Div., Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA); Ph.D., Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA).

Dr. Rob Green

Josh Greiner

Pastor of Faith West Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; adjunct professor at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); married with four children; B.A., Political Science, Purdue University; M.Div., Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); Th.M., Biblical Counseling, Southern Seminary (Louisville, KY); Ph.D., (in progress) Biblical Counseling, Southern Seminary (Louisville, KY).

Josh Greiner

Randy Patten

President of the newly formed TEAM Focus Ministries; Director of Training Emeritus of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC); ACBC Fellow; former pastor and consultant to pastors and churches; instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries for 24 years; founding board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition; married with two children and six grandchildren; B.A., Cedarville University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary.

Randy Patten

Steve Viars

Senior Pastor of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC Fellow and board member; Biblical Counseling Coalition and Vision Of Hope board member; instructor and counselor at FBCM; conference speaker; author; married with three children and two grandchildren; B.S., Bible, Baptist Bible College (Clarks Summit, PA); M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; D.Min., Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary.

Dr. Steve Viars

Dan Wickert

Board Certified Physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology; member of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; conference speaker; currently working in Senior Administrative role as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Franciscan Alliance Lafayette; Vision of Hope and Faith Christian School board member; married with two children and one grandchild; B.S., Biology, Bradley University; M.D., University of Illinois.

Dr. Dan Wickert

Host Church: Highland Park Baptist Church

"For the past 5 years, our church has been sending people for biblical counseling training and we have seen a significant impact on the lives of those receiving the training, as well as on our church as a whole. We are thrilled that we are now able to host this vital equipping conference here in southeastern Michigan.

This training provides foundational truths and skills that enable the Body of Christ to effectively serve one another by applying the truths of scripture to real life opportunities, challenges, and problems.

You will find your life deeply enriched by the Word. This is invaluable training for anyone involved in leadership within the church at any level."

- Pastor Brent Slater

Cost and Registration
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$250 $425 $190
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