Project Description

The Struggle is Real

A New Conversation About Mental Health and the Mission of the Church

Imagine church members, pastors, small group leaders, counselors, mental health advocates, coaches, crisis responders, chaplains and more coming together to have a new conversation and learn together about “Mental Health and the Mission of the Church.” Don’t miss an opportunity to host this event and engage with other churches across the globe on one of the most important topics affecting Christians and the Church today.


Whether you’re serving or shepherding another or face this issue in your own home, one thing is certain – the struggle of dealing with the pain, pace, and pressure of everyday life is real. Hosting this event provides an opportunity for your church to become the location where your community can begin the conversation, be encouraged, educated, equipped, and empowered to face the issues surrounding mental health.


“The Struggle is Real” features speakers and content from the American Association of Christian Counselors 2016 World Conference

AACC is committed to assisting Christian counselors, the entire “community of care,” licensed professionals, pastors, and lay church members with little or no formal training. It is our intention to equip clinical, pastoral, and lay care-givers with biblical truth and psychosocial insights that minister to hurting persons and helps them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, mental stability, and spiritual maturity.


Visionaries, Dr. Tim Clinton (AACC President) and Seacoast founding pastor, Greg Surratt, are working with their teams to pioneer a new level of collaboration, understanding, and synergy between the Church, mental health and the Christian counseling movement… launched by this gathering of people-helpers at the Summit

This groundbreaking event has attracted Christian counseling and ministry leaders from all over the east coast. Featured keynote speakers include


dr-ed-stetzerED STETZER

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of LifeWay Research, a prolific author, and well-known conference and seminar leader. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books.



dr-warren-kinghornDR. WARREN KINGHORN

Dr. Kinghorn is a psychiatrist whose work centers on the role of religious communities in caring for persons with mental health problems and on ways in which Christian communities engage practices of modern health care. Jointly appointed within Duke Divinity School and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Duke University Medical Center, he is a staff psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center and core teaching faculty member of the Duke Psychiatry Residency Program. Within the Divinity School, he works closely with students and faculty members interested in exploring the ways in which theology and philosophy might constructively inform Christian engagement with modern medicine and psychiatry. His current scholarly interests include the moral and theological dimensions of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, the applicability of virtue theory to the vocational formation of clinicians and clergy, and the contributions of the theology and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas to  contemporary debates about psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric technology, and human flourishing.

dr-michael-lyesDR. MICHAEL LYLES

Michael Lyles, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Michigan Six Year Premedical Medical Program. He completed his psychiatric residency and APA/NIMH Minority Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center where he was the recipient of the North Carolina Neuropsychiatric Association Resident of the Year Award. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director of Outpatient Services at The University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is a consultant to a variety of community organizations ranging from religious organizations to internet sites to professional athletics such as The Atlanta Hawks. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His major areas of clinical activity are mood disorders, anxiety disorders and ADHD. Michael has published over 60 publications and videos and serves on the speaking and advisory boards for several pharmaceutical companies.

frank-pageFRANK PAGE

Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board




dr-ron-hawkinsDR. RON HAWKINS

Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min., is the vice president for academic affairs and provost as well as the chief academic officer and administrative advocate for Liberty University’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The provost is responsible for developing organizational structures, administering the academic budget, and appointing personnel to manage and execute the functions of all educational programs. The development and implementation of processes that assess the purposes, effectiveness, and quality of all current and proposed academic programs fall under his leadership. Additionally, the provost manages the establishment of all creative and interdisciplinary academic programs offered through the university’s residential and online venues, as well as oversees the appointment and evaluation of faculty members and academic administration necessary for the maintenance of those programs.

diane-langbergDIANE LANGBERG

Dr. Langberg is Chair of the Executive Board of the American Association of Christian Counselors, serves on the boards of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment, the Society of Christian Psychology, and World Reformed Fellowship. She is also co-founder of The Place of Refuge, an inner-city, non-profit trauma and training center. Dr. Langberg is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna for Professional Achievement from Taylor University, the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Caregiver Award, and the Philadelphia Council of Clergy’s Christian Service Award. She is married and has two sons.


ian-jonesIAN JONES

Professor of Psychology & Counseling. Chairman, Division of Church and Community Ministries. Occupying the Baptist Community Ministries’ Chair of Pastoral Counseling




timothy-jenningsTIMOTHY JENNINGS

Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., is a Christian psychiatrist, master psychopharmacologist, author, international speaker, radio personality, President-Elect of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association, adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Chairman Board of Regents Southern Psychiatric Association, and has a private practice in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. Jennings obtained his M.D. degree in 1990 from the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Memphis and completed psychiatric residency at D.D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is licensed to practice medicine in Tennessee, Georgia and Washington. Dr. Jennings was named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists by the Consumer Research Institute of America in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

siang-yang-tanSIANG-YANG TAN

Siang-Yang Tan is Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Tan is also senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in Glendale, CA. He is a distinguished researcher, writer, and scholar in Christian psychotherapy and served as president of Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the APA from 1998 to 1999. Of Dr. Tan’s many publications, he is best known for his book, Lay Counseling, and more recently for Full Service: Moving from Self-serve Christianity to Total Servanthood, Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective, and Disciplines of the Holy Spirit. He is associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, contributing editor for the Journal of Psychology and Theology, consulting editor for Edification: Journal for the Society of Christian Psychology, and editorial consultant of the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.

greg-surrattGREG SURRATT

Greg Surratt is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, one of the first churches to pioneer the multi-site approach to the weekend experience. Greg is the president and co-founder of the Association of Related Churches (ARC), which is a global church-planting initiative that has established more than 400 churches worldwide over the last 12 years. He is also the author of the book IR-REV-REND, as well as a contributor for Outreach Magazine, Ministry Today Magazine, and Charisma Magazine. Greg is married to his childhood sweetheart, Debbie, and together they have 4 children and 14 grandchildren.

This is event is on-demand. You can chose a date that works the best for your church. The event schedule is subject to change, but your sales representative will ensure you are updated regularly with any alterations or changes.

This event has approximately 6 hours of content. Suggested start time is  9:00AM CST / PST. A detailed schedule will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
PLEASE NOTE: Flex-scheduling is available for this event. If the date or the time(s) do not work for your church or gathering, in:ciite events can make the event available on-demand at a date / time that works for your event. 


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