For a full week in September of this past year, a sell-out crowd of nearly 7,000 counselors, pastors, lay helpers, students and other Christian leaders from all 50 states and 50 countries packed the magnificent Opryland Hotel in Nashville for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) 2009 ‘Grace and Truth’ World Conference. AACC President, Dr. Tim Clinton claimed the positive feedback was overwhelming, stating that “Without question it was the most worshipful and meaningful world conference we have ever held.”

Our executive board and conference team—for whom the conference event is mostly a 24-7 blur of activity and problem-solving—took this bi-annual event to a whole new level. Beyond the many dedicated leaders and knowledgeable people we showcased on behalf of the Christian counseling mission, everything from sound and lighting to graphics and logistics was nearly flawless. Dr. Clinton credits the AACC leadership, noting that “I couldn’t have been more proud of our team.” From Saturday evening throughout the trip home on Sunday, the staff celebrated an unqualified success of the biggest event, by far, that is done by the AACC.

People are already registering for our 2011 Celebrate Your Faith world conference—when we intend to celebrate 25 years of fruitful AACC ministry. To simply report that this capstone celebration is happening just “next year” is revving up an anticipation that should exceed that of any conference we have ever done. If you plan to attend—and we sure encourage you to put this premier event on your calendar now—get the best hotel and event placements by registering now for this grand AACC event.

The buzz at this world conference—and which will be alive and enriched in 2011—is that it is a great time to be part of this dynamic, flourishing movement we call Christian counseling. As world events race toward what is arguably a possible conclusion of history as we know it, could it be that God has raised us up for such a time as this? If so, let us cleave tightly to Him, to fervently seek out His wisdom, and to listen closely to His voice. Pray for us, and know that we are praying for you.

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