We are excited to announce our 2019 Annual ACBC Africa Conference, ‘Cracking the Hard Cases’, with guest speaker Dr Jim Newheiser from 7 – 10 August in Pretoria and 14 – 17 August in Cape Town. This year we will be dealing with pressing current issues such as Transgenderism, Same Sex Attraction, The Bible and Divorce and many others. As believers we need to ready give and answer on these issues.

Below you’ll find some information about our guest speaker. Please save the dates! You won’t want to miss this.

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Guest Speaker: Dr Jim Newheiser

Jim Newheiser
Jim Newheiser

Dr Jim Newheiser is currently the Director of the Christian Counselling Programme as well as the Associate Professor of Counselling and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is both a Certified Counsellor, Fellow and Board Member for The Association of Certified Biblical Counsellors (ACBC). He is presently serving as a Council Board Member for The Biblical Counselling Coalition, and he was formerly a Board Member with the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals. Jim received his BA in Business Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and then both his MA and D. Min from Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California.

Jim has served in the position of Pastor or Youth Leader/ Director at Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California, Calvary Covenant Church in Poway, California, International Christian Fellowship of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Believers Chapel of Dallas, Texas and Central Baptist Church of Waco, Texas.

Jim’s teaching experience includes international training trips to Korea, India, Spain, Germany, Qatar, Oman, Nigeria, Mexico and the Philippines. He has served as a lecturer in preaching and assistant to the director of the D. Min programme at Westminster Theological Seminary in California. Jim has served at the Institute for Biblical Counselling for 24 years and has been the director there for the past 12 years. Jim is an adjunct professor in the Biblical Counselling department at The Master’s University in California. Jim has written or contributed to 16 publications including numerous books in the Help! Mini series through Shepherd Press, several books on parenting such as When Good Kids Make Bad Choices, You Never Stop Being a Parent, and Parenting is more than a Formula. His most recent work was published through P&R Publishing and is entitled Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage— Critical Questions and Answers. Jim has also contributed to The Journal of Biblical Counselling, The Journal of Modern Ministry, Men Counselling Men, Christ Centred Biblical Counselling and Biblical Counselling and the Church.

Jim has been married to his wife, Caroline, since 1979 and they have three adult children.

Pretoria Conference

The conference will be held at Lynnwood Baptist Church in Pretoria, South Africa. The Pastor’s Pre-Conference will be on Tuesday 6 August, The Women’s Pre-Conference will be on Wednesday 7 August. The main conference, Cracking the Hard Cases, will start on Wednesday evening, 7 August, and run until Saturday 10 August.

Pre-Conferences

Tuesday 6 August
pastor’s pre-conference
8:30 — 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 12:00 Dr Newheiser—Helping Churches Wisely Deal with Domestic Abuse
Wednesday 7 August
women’s pre-conference
8:30 — 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 12:00 Caroline Newheiser—Cracking Free from People Pleasing

Cracking the Hard Cases

Wednesday 7 August 17:30 — 18:45
main conference
Registration
19:00 – 20:30
plenary
Dr Mack—The Bible and Divorce Part 1
Thursday 8 Augsut 11:00 — 12:15 Registration
12:30 – 13:45
plenary
Dr Newheiser—Overcoming Same Sex Attraction
13:45 — 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:15
breakout
Session 1: Tim Cantrell—Emigration & The Christian: Biblical Pre-Emigration Counselling

Session 2: Carol Mack—TBD

15:15 — 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:00
plenary
Neil Henry—Helping to Avoid Ministry Failure
17:00 — 18:45 Dinner
19:00 – 20:30
plenary
Dr Newheiser—Ministering to the Sexually Abused
Friday 9 August 11:00 — 12:15 Registration
12:30 – 13:45
plenary
Dr Mack—The Bible and Divorce Part 2
13:45 — 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:15
breakout
Session 1: Caroline Newheiser

Session 2: Jim Newheiser

15:15 — 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:00
plenary
Dr Newheiser—Dealing with the transgender issue
17:00 — 18:45 Dinner
19:00 – 20:30
plenary
Dr Newheiser—Ministering to the Sexually Abusing
Saturday 10 August 8:00 — 9:00 Registration
9:00– 10:15
plenary
Dr Newsheiser—Grandparenting
10:15 — 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00
plenary
Sybrand de Swardt—When the Children Rule the Home
12:15 — 12:30 Break
12:30 – 1:30
plenary
Dr Newheiser—Rebellious Children

Cape Town Conference

The conference will be held at The Reformed Church of Hout Bay in Hout Bay, Western Cape, South Africa. The main conference, Cracking the Hard Cases, will start on Wednesday evening, 14 August, and run until Saturday 17 August.

Cracking the Hard Cases

Wednesday 14 August 17:30 — 18:45
main conference
Registration
19:00 – 20:30
plenary
Dr Mack—The Bible and Divorce Part 1
Thursday 15 Augsut 11:00 — 12:15 Registration
12:30 – 13:45
plenary
Dr Newheiser—Overcoming Same Sex Attraction
13:45 — 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:15
breakout
Session 1: Tim Cantrell—Emigration & The Christian:  Biblical Pre-Emigration Counselling

Speaker 2: Carol Mack—TBD

15:15 — 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:00
plenary
Neil Henry—TBD
17:00 — 18:45 Dinner
19:00 – 20:30
plenary
Dr Newheiser—Ministering to the Sexually Abused
Friday 16 August 11:00 — 12:15 Registration
12:30 – 13:45
plenary
Dr Mack—The Bible and Divorce Part 2
13:45 — 14:15 Break
14:15 – 15:15
breakout
Session 1: Caroline Newheiser

Session 2: Jim Newheiser

15:15 — 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:00
plenary
Dr Newheiser—Dealing with the transgender issue
17:00 — 18:45 Dinner
19:00 – 20:30
plenary
Dr Newheiser—Ministering to the Sexually Abusing
Saturday 17 August 8:00 — 9:00 Registration
9:00– 10:15
plenary
Dr Newsheiser—Rebellious Children
10:15 — 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00
plenary
Sybrand de Swardt—When the Children Rule the Home