Parents often feel anything but confident. They know they are shaping lives, but feel they are only learning as they go. They also know the Bible is supposed to guide them, but feel uncertain how a handful of verses help them with this years-long task. The temptation is to be intimidated by both the importance and the complexity of the task.

Our 2016 Counsel the Word Conference will address how guiding children wisely in a turbulent world requires confidence. This confidence is not ultimately in the parents’ own abilities, but in the God whose ancient wisdom keeps us grounded for the challenges of modern life.


Tedd Tripp


Tedd Tripp is Senior Pastor Emeritus of Grace Fellowship Church since his retirement as Senior Pastor after 29 years of service. He was married to Margy in 1968. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Tedd is a graduate of Geneva College, B.A. in History, Philadelphia Theological Seminary, M. Div., and Westminster Theological Seminary, D. Min. with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling.

Tedd is the author of the popular child-rearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Shepherding a Child’s Heart Parent’s Handbook and co-author with Margy of Instructing a Child’s Heart.


Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert


Heath Lambert is Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He 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 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.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Conference Check-in
1 p.m. Session I: Tedd Tripp
2:15 p.m. Session II: Heath Lambert
3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
5 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Session III: Stuart Scott
8 p.m. Session IV: Tedd Tripp

*Optional Add-On

Breakout Sessions

Saturday, August 20

3:30 p.m.

Raising Biblically Masculine Sons

Randy Stinson

“Boys will be boys,” is how the saying usually goes, but how can you parent your boy so that he will grow into a man? What can you do to help your son develop into a confident young-man? Come hear from Randy Stinson as he teaches about biblical manhood.

Raising Biblically Feminine Daughters

Danna Stinson

What would it take to help our daughters to become confident women? How can I parent my daughter to instill in her biblical virtues even when they can go against the cultural tides? In this session, Danna Stinson will share with you a biblical picture of womanhood and how you can raise your girls to be confident women.

Confidence in the Face of Strong Willed Children

Jeremy Pierre

What do you do when everything seems like a battle? How can you, as a parent and God-given authority, maintain composure when raising children who are strong-willed? Jeremy Pierre will help give you confidence and hope through the Gospel to help you raise children in difficult times.

Counseling Resources for Church Leaders

Stuart Scott

What tools and resources are out there for Church leaders to help equip them to shepherd parents? What is the best way, as a pastor, you can be prepared to lead this critical aspect ministry? In this session Stuart Scott, will provide you with relevant resources to help you minister to parents.

Communicating Biblically with our Children

Tedd Tripp

We will explore three principles from the Wisdom Literature of the Bible that must mark our communication with our children. We must speak with restraint, we must use pleasant words and we must delight in understanding.


Sowing and Reaping: Using Consequences to Underscore Biblical Truth

Margy Tripp

The sowing and reaping principle of the Bible is stated in Galatians 6. It will enable parents to to shape consequences for our kids as a way not to manipulate behavior, but as a way of underscoring the enduring truth of God’s Word.


The Family Devotions That Never Stop: How Your Marriage is Always Teaching Your Children What You Think About the Gospel Applied to Life

Eric Bancroft

As parents, we often wonder if there is another book we should read to our children, sermon to discuss with them, or sibling fight we need to mediate. Yet we can often miss the fact that we are already teaching them through the marriage we are in living in before them. Come and learn from Eric Bancroft as he teaches you how your marriage is not only a gift to you and your spouse, but also your children as you teach them of the grace found in Jesus Christ.


Conference Rates

Early Registration (Through May 1)
Individual $40
Couple $50
Regular Registration
Individual $80
Couple $90

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Credit Cards Accepted:
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Dinner is included in the fee for the conference. Special dietary needs will be accommodated upon arrival.


Childcare is currently full. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Registration Terms and Conditions

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

Refunds for cancellations will be available for credit card transactions only. Refunds, less a $15.00 processing fee per registrant, will be granted for cancellations received in writing by April 13, 2015. Refunds cannot be granted for any reason after April 13.

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While Counsel the Word does not count towards ACBC certification, if you are interested in certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, please see the ACBC website here for trainings that will qualify for certification with ACBC. You may also contact their office at (502) 410-5526 for further questions regarding certification.


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: Confident Parenting, connecting to large amounts of potential customers and clients at one time.

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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
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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.


Shepherding a Child’s Heart

Tedd Tripp

Shepherding a Child's Heart

The Faithful Parent

Stuart Scott and Martha Peace

The Faithful Parent

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