Mothering God's Way
For more than 40 years I have personally been involved in teaching others to do biblical counselling at Christian Counselling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). the Westminster Theological Seminary, Biblical Seminary and The Master’s University and Seminary. During that whole period of time I have also been doing extensive counselling. By this time I have certainly counselled thousands of people. Of all the thousands of hours of counselling I have done I think I can say that well over 60% of the counselling I have done has involved counselling marriages and families. And I am sure that most other biblical counsellors would say the same thing. Most of my counselling efforts have been with Christians who were having various problems in their marriages and families, but on occasion I have had people who were not Christians come for counselling and it has been my joy to present the Gospel to them and then give biblical, practical counsel to them that would help them to resolve their marital, family difficulties. Helping Christians to solve their marriage and family problems or prevent them from occurring are extremely important issues for our churches and church members and attenders. Consequently, we have decided to focus the teaching in our August and October ACBC conferences for 2018 on key issues that will assist individuals and churches, pastors and parishioners to develop the kinds of marriages and families that will bring great joy to people so that they will have more biblical, joyful, personally satisfying and God glorifying marriages and families. We encourage you to register and attend and to also encourage others to do the same.
|Thursday 9 August||7:30 – 9:00||Registration and Check-In|
|9:00 – 10:15 plenary||Dr Mack – The Fulfilled and Fulfilling Mother|
|10:15 – 10:45||Tea Break|
|10:45 – 12:00 breakout||Shelbi Cullen – Loving Your Children God's Way
Michelle Cantrell – A Mother’s Vision for Christian Education
|12:00 – 13:00||Lunch|
|13:00 – 14:15 plenary||Beth de Swardt – Mothering that Reaches the Heart|
|14:15 – 14:45||Break|
|14:45 – 16:00 plenary||Carol Mack – Helping Mothers Handle the Stress of Parenting|
Dr Wayne Mack is a graduate of Wheaton College, Philadelphia Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary as well as having done extensive graduate studies at La Salle University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Wheaton Graduate School and Trinity Evangelical Seminary. Dr Mack was chairman of the graduate and undergraduate counselling programmes at The Master’s University and Seminary in Los Angeles, California. He currently serves as an Elder at Lynnwood Baptist Church and is the Director of ACBC Africa. Dr. Mack has been inducted into the highest level of membership in the ACBC, and has authored 26 books on counselling issues.
Beth de Swardt has a MA in Biblical Counselling and worked in campus ministry for 5 years after receiving her degree. She also taught women’s ministry classes in the Biblical Counselling Department of The Master’s University for 9 years. For many years, she was involved in helping to lead the Women’s Ministry at Calvary Bible Church in Burbank, California. She came to South Africa in 2005 to work with a ministry helping children with HIV. In all of these positions, she was actively involved in teaching, counselling and discipling women. She met the love of her life, Sybrand de Swardt, in South Africa and they have been married since January 2009. God has blessed them with two children, Carol-Marie and Thomas-Wayne. She is a member of Lynnwood Baptist Church where her husband pastors and she is actively involved in ministry there.
Dr. Shelbi Cullen has been an Adjunct Professor and Office Manager for the Biblical Counseling Department at The Master's University for the last 6 years. She completed her masters in Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University, her doctorate in Educational Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and her ACBC certification in 2005. When she’s not grading papers, she enjoys short-term mission’s trips with her husband Sean. They currently reside in California and enjoy spending time with their four grown children and their spouses.
Mrs. Carol Mack has spoken and participated in many marriage and family seminars and retreats for women. She has addressed such topics as “Taming the Tongue,” “How to handle Stress before it handles you,” “How to be a Fulfilled and Fulfilling Wife, “Mothering God’s Way,” ” “How to be content”, “The Disciplines of a Godly Woman”, “Developing an Attitude of Gratitude” and many other topics. Mrs. Mack has served as a pastor’s wife for many years and has been a spiritual mentor for many younger ladies whose husbands were in seminary or in the pastorate. She regularly teaches women’s bible studies in South Africa and is very involved in the counselling ministry along with Wayne. She is a graduate of Wheaton College, and since graduating from college, has taken numerous courses on educational subjects and on Biblical Counselling. Prior to and after the child bearing and rearing family life period, she served for many years as a teacher, mainly in Christian schools. Her ministry of counselling women and children has been greatly blessed of the Lord, with many women seeking her out for direction and assistance on many problematic issues.