American Association of Christian Counselors partners with Prestonwood Baptist to host conference on equipping the church to address mental health

Mar. 17, 2021

AACC is also offering a streaming service for churches across the country to be able to participate

Lynchburg, Va. — Dr. Tim Clinton and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is proud to join with Prestonwood Baptist Church in hosting the “River Conference” on Mental Health and the Mission of the Church. With Prestonwood’s partnership with the AACC, Dr. Clinton and Prestonwood Baptist’s senior pastor Dr. Jack Graham hope to address the current mental health crisis and the tragedy of suicide and substance abuse chaos by equipping individuals and churches with the latest information and solutions. Nearly 1,500 participants have already registered to hear from keynote speakers Dr. Tim Clinton, Chonda Pierce, Rick Rigsby, and Ted Cunningham. Along with these valuable teaching sessions, there will be special music and worship led by Big Daddy Weave. The conference will take place on March 19-20 and attendees are able to sign up on the River Conference website.

If you’re not from the Dallas area but still want to attend with others in your church online, the River Conference is also offering a church streaming registration. The AACC is encouraging church groups, ministry teams, and mental health leaders to stream this event from your church or even your own home. This live streaming option gives you access to the plenary events on March 19-20 with no restrictions on the number of people allowed to watch with you. The AACC will also provide virtual notes, access to their online store, and a new program they launched for this weekend known as “Hope-focused Suicide Prevention Training.” This timely instruction offers suicide prevention training for everyday people and will assist in your ability to “Recognize, Respond and Refer.”

“Mental health problems are pervasive in our society today,” said AACC President Tim Clinton, “and the church absolutely needs to be ready to be a part of the solution. It is not a question of whether or not we will encounter someone who is dealing with these issues, it is a question of whether or not we feel equipped in helping those we meet. We hope that by hosting the River Conference, we can provide churches all across America with the tools necessary to offer hope, love, and compassion to those around us who are hurting.”

To find out more information about the Hope-focused Suicide Prevention Training visit Any additional information on the River Conference can be found here.

About the AACC

The American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) is the largest and most diverse Christian Counseling association in the world. The AACC’s mission is to equip the entire community of care, including licensed professionals, pastors, and lay caregivers, with biblical truth and psychosocial insights so they can minister to hurting persons and help them move to personal wholeness, interpersonal competence, and mental stability. The AACC accomplishes this mission through its widely attended events, its educational programs, and materials available via Light University and the AACC’s publications. 

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