The people of God have cried “How long, O Lord?” in all the different complexities of every age and culture. Scripture does justice to these complexities in the vision it casts of life in a broken world. Those who care for others need to have both a realistic understanding of this world and an overriding hope in the God who will bring in a world redeemed.

This conference will equip counselors, pastors, and anyone caring for others with theological insight from Scripture and practical ways to apply it to hurting people.


Edward T. Welch

Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over 30 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His books include: When People Are Big and God is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame it on the Brain; Depression—A Stubborn Darkness; Running Scared; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away From Addiction; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety.

Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert


Heath Lambert is executive director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and will begin serving in January as the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Lambert also serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical counseling at Southern Seminary and is a founding council board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC). He is a frequent conference speaker, serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Family Ministry and The Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and is the author of Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace.

Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott


Stuart Scott is the executive director and founder of One-Eighty Counseling & Education. He also serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at Southern Seminary. He has over thirty years of experience in counseling and pastoral ministry and is a fellow and board member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He is the author of several books, including The Faithful Parent: A Biblical Guide for Parenting, co-authored with Martha Peace.

Jeremy Pierre

Jeremy Pierre


Jeremy Pierre serves as Dean of Students and directs the Ph.D. program in Biblical Counseling at Southern Seminary. Dr. Pierre is co-author of The Pastor and Counseling (Crossway, 2015) and has contributed to various other books.

Dr. Pierre currently serves as a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville and is also a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He and his wife Sarah raise their five children in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Norton Hall Band

Norton Hall Band is a tangible demonstration that the goal and purpose of Southern Seminary is to train pastors who lead worship. Not just musicians or worship leaders, but pastors who lead worship.

Everyone in Norton Hall Band has a pastor’s heart and a desire to promote Christ-centered, biblically guided worship. The purpose of this band is to lead in worship that centers around the gospel and is birthed out of the Word of God.

For additional information about Norton Hall Band and their resources, visit their web page here!


Tuesday, April 26

10 a.m. Southern Seminary Chapel: Heath Lambert*
2-4 p.m. Conference Check-in
4 p.m. General Session I
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. General Session II
8:30 p.m. LifeWay Fellowship

Wednesday, April 27

9 a.m. General Session III
10:30 a.m. General Session IV
Noon Lunch
Prospective Student Lunch
1:30 p.m. Seminars
3 p.m. General Session V
4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. General Session VI

*Southern Seminary chapel services are free events open to the public. Conference attendees are encouraged to attend.


Wednesday, April 27

1:30 p.m.

A Practical Prayer Strategy for Depressed Persons

Stuart Scott

Psychiatric Medication and the Depressed Soul

Charles Hodges

Avoiding Common Mistakes in Counseling Depressed Persons

Gunner Gundersen

How to Discern and Deal with Anger at God within Depression

Robert Jones

How to Pursue Peace in the Christian Life

Andy Farmer

A Strategy for Counseling Depressed Persons

John Henderson

Understanding Depression’s Many Expressions

Kevin Carson

How the Church Can Care for Depressed Members

Rebekah Hannah



Conference Rates

Through February 8, 2016
Regular $155
SBTS/Boyce Alumni $119
Student $119
Military/Veteran $89
February 9-April 21 2016
Regular $175
SBTS/Boyce Alumni $139
Student $139
Military/Veteran $89

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Credit Cards Accepted:

Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Discover.
Meals are included in the fee for the conference. Special dietary needs will be accommodated upon arrival.

Registration Terms and Conditions

There are no discounted rates available for the conference. Registration cannot be processed without payment.

Partial refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds must be requested in writing before April 4, 2016. A $15.00 process fee per registrant will be charged. Refunds cannot be granted for any reason after April 4.

Cancellations may be sent to:

All guests on the campus of Southern Seminary agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.


**Registration is closed

Earn Course Credit

In keeping with the theme of the conference, SBTS will be offering 35077: Studies in Counseling with Dr. Jeremy Pierre.

Click here for the course syllabus and schedule.

How to Register

By registering for the class on Moodle, you register for the conference. You are not required to register separately.Conference attendees are able to earn up to 3 hours of elective course credit. Students are required to attend the entirety of the conference on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 and Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Please visit here for more information!


Each year, Southern Seminary hosts several conferences that attract audiences of pastors, church leaders, and college and high school students from around the country. Each of our conferences is promoted nationwide through notable and prominent websites and publications.

Organizations and vendors have several opportunities to exhibit and advertise at this year’s Counsel the Word: How Long, O Lord Conference, connecting to large amounts of potential customers and clients at one time.

The Legacy Hotel

Comfortable, convenient lodging for Counsel the Word.

Located on the historic campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., The Legacy Hotel offers modern amenities, friendly service, high-tech capabilities, a convenient location, plus something no other conference center can provide: Southern Seminary.

On-Campus Hotel

2825 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40280

Tel: (502) 736-0600
Fax: (877) 444-7287

Standard — $109.99
Jr. Suite — $119.99
Double/Suite — $124.99
2 Bedroom Suite — $134.99
Family Suite — $124.99
Jr. Executive Suite — $159.99
Executive Suite — $169.99

A 50% deposit is required to secure reservations. Cancellations made prior to 24 hours before your reservation is eligible for a 50% refund of your deposit.

Additional Lodging Options

Hawthorn Suites

751 Cypress Station Drive,
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 899-5959

Marriott East

1903 Embassy Square Blvd
Louisville, KY
(502) 491-1184

Law’s Lodge

1044 Alta Vista Rd,
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 992-0220


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Audio Resources

Tune in with ACBC’s weekly podcast Truth in Love which strives to provide practical solutions for the problems churches face in a fallen world.

To access audio and video resources from previous Counsel the Word events, visit the SBTS Resources page. These resources are free to stream or download and we encourage you to share them with anyone who may benefit from them.


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