But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ. From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building itself up in love by the proper working of each individual part.

2024 Conference

Building each other up, by speaking the truth in love, is one of the primary goals of biblical counselling within the body of Christ.

  • How do we do this well?
  • What does it look like in action? 
  • What part can I play in making this a reality?

Whether you are new or experienced in the work of building others up, we hope that you will join us on March 19-20, 2024 at Hope Bible Church, Oakville, Ontario. Over two days we will fellowship, learn and grow together for the purpose of Building Up the body of Christ.

There will be four main sessions focused on how to be equipped for the ministry of biblical counselling in the Church.

There will also be workshops throughout both days that will focus on specific counselling topics, such as: Abuse, Addictions, Trauma, Suffering, Loss, Conflict and many more!  


Hope Bible Church Oakville
500 Great Lakes Blvd
Oakville, ON  L6L 6X9


In-Person Admission

Available until Jan 31!
$ 139
  • 2 Days of Teaching & Workshops
  • Giveaways
  • Exhibitors & Bookstore
  • Access to Video Recordings

In-Person Admission

After Jan 31
$ 169
  • 2 Days of Teaching & Workshops
  • Giveaways
  • Exhibitors & Bookstore
  • Access to Video Recordings

Livestream Admission

$ 99
  • 2 Days of Teaching & Workshops
  • Access to Video Recordings


Tim Challies

Tim Challies is a speaker, author and blogger at challies.com. He is a husband to Aileen, and a father to two girls (one of whom is married) and one son who is waiting for him in heaven. He worships and serves as an elder at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario. He has authored a number of books including: The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, Sexual Detox: A Guide For Guys Who Are Sick of Porn, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity, Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History, and most recently, Seasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God.

Deepak Reju

Deepak served as the Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Families at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and starting in July 2024, he will be the new Senior Pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. Deepak does individual and couples counseling, leads groups, develops the vision for the counseling ministry, and supervises the counseling team. He did his theological training at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.). Deepak and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2001 and have five children. He serves on the board of directors of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and also as a trustee for the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation. He is the author of On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at ChurchThe Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need, She’s Got the Wrong Guy: Why Smart Women Settle, and Pornography: Fighting for Purity.


The CBCC conference is intentionally organized to equip, encourage and strengthen the Church for the ministry of biblical counselling. Whether you are a seasoned counsellor, pastor, church leader, student or lay person in the Church – if you are passionate about growing in understanding God’s Word and how it can be applied to the lives of those who need help, then this conference is for you.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided at the break times. A light breakfast will be served on Wednesday morning before the morning session.

Lunch can be purchased on your own at one of the many local restaurants near the church.

The group discount of 20% applies to groups of 6 or more who are attending either in-person or via livestream. Please contact us at: info@canadianbcc.ca

If you are currently enrolled in a college, seminary or certification course in biblical counselling, you can receive an additional discount of 30% off. Please contact us about the student discount: info@canadianbcc.ca

We are pleased to have a number of exhibitors for this event. If you would like your ministry to have a booth at the conference, please fill out the form here.

We are excited to once again have Reformed Book Services provide the bookstore this year. A number of the speakers’ books will be featured along with many other biblical counselling resources.

We will not be securing a group rate at a particular hotel this year. Instead, we invite attendees to check out any of the number of hotels that are close to Hope Bible Church, Oakville.



March 19

9:30-10:00amCheck in
10:00-11:00amSession 1 – Tim Challies
11:30-12:30pmSession 2 – Deepak Reju
2:00-3:15pmWorkshops – Round 1
3:45-5:00pmWorkshops – Round 2


March 20

8:15-9:00am Breakfast & Coffee
9:00-10:15am Session 3 – Deepak Reju
10:15-10:45am Break
10:45-12:00pm Workshops – Round 3
12:00-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:45pm Panel Q&A
2:45-3:15pm Break
3:15-4:30pm Session 4 – Nathan Penny


Round 1: 2:00-3:15pm on March 19

Jenn Martin
How to Counsel Effectively, Efficiently and Faithfully

Four counselling practices I’ve learned and love, four counselling mistakes I’ve made (so don’t!), and four counselling truths worth implementing to help you counsel effectively, efficiently, and faithfully. 

Matt King
Christ in Crisis: A Marriage Case Study

Hear from a couple how Christ met them and showed His goodness in the midst of a marriage crisis.

Tim Challies
The Goodness of God in the Darkest of Days (Livestream)

Tim and his wife, Aileen, will be sharing about their experience of grief in losing a child and the lessons they learned along the way. 

Chris Shipley
Living a Life of Sustainable Sacrifice: Preventing Burnout in Ministry

Learn to heed the warning signs of burnout and the wise counsel of God’s Word and His saints in finding a pathway of restoration and, as Christopher Ash describes, a “life of sustainable sacrifice.” 

Round 2: 3:45-5:00pm on March 19

Rick Walton
The Counsellee & Their Story - What's Next After an Orientation Session?

This breakout will focus on helping biblical counsellors to expand their model of care to consider the counsellee’s story from different angles. We will explore the implications of body and soul habits, and practical counsel that aligns with God’s truth.

Tami Swartz
God is With Me in My Anxiety

This breakout will provide biblical insight into the realities of those who struggle with anxiety. We will explore the wonderful truth of how our Great God meets with us in the midst of our anxieties.  Hebrews 12:1-2.

Deepak Reju
Understanding the Motivations Behind Pornography Addiction (Livestream)

Drawing on a wealth of experience as a pastor and counsellor, Deepak will give insight into the different motivations that can cause someone to fall into pornography addiction, and how to walk with them. 

David Robinson
Will I Cause Harm? Finding Confidence in God's Word

In this breakout, David will explore the way the Bible naturally cares for us in the way it was written. We will be encouraged and strengthened by the truths of God’s Word. 

Round 3: 10:45am-Noon on March 20

Jeemin Moon
"In the World, but of the Word”: Toward a Psychologically-Informed, Theologically-Led Counselling Session

Through our time together, we will explore a case study, seeking to understand the psychological resources (such as DSM-V), and then examine the relevant biblical themes and theological doctrines in relation to the psychological issue.

Wendy Bowman
Walking Through the Certification Process

In this breakout, you will hear from several people who will offer insight into some of the ways that the ABC Certification process unfolds and informs our biblical care practice.  Shauna VanDyke, the Executive Director for ABC, will give an overview (via video-call) of how the organization came together and what the various levels are designed to offer. 

Deepak Reju
Helping Someone Struggling with Suicide (Livestream)

Deepak will provide some practical and helpful ways that pastors, leaders and counsellors can assess those who are struggling with suicidal ideation.

Wynie Dearlove
Counselling Children and Teens

Drawing on her years of experience working with family and children in various roles, Wynie will share her knowledge of how to faithfully and biblically engage the hearts of children and teens with the truths of God’s Word.