A half day Counseling Summit was held on December 29 at Oyster Convention Center in Thiruvalla. The purpose of this summit was to bring pastors, counselors, professionals, and anyone with a passion for counseling, around the concept of counseling as a mission and responding to the challenging needs of our families from a Christian perspective. The summit theme, "Counseling as a Mission," empowers the participants and focused on three major areas: challenges facing our generation, role of counseling in strengthening families, and training of leaders. This summit provided a great opportunity to interact with other counselors, Pastors, Professors and Women’s group and featured the latest resources and approaches to equip the participants in the areas of marriage, parenting, and mental health. Dr. Thomas Idiculla, PhD, was the key note speaker for this summit.  Dr Idiculla said, through compassionate counseling, and innovative educational programs, together we can make a profound difference in the lives of many individuals, families, and churches.
 
There were four panels representing Pastors, professional counselors, professors, and women's group including  Rev. Abey Peter (IPCKTS), Rev. Saju Joseph (IBC), Dr. Saji Kumar, KP (IBTS), Prof Salomey George,Susy Johnson and  Rev Johnson Daniel (CoG), Dr. Peter Joy (ICPF), Saji Munukottakal (Agape Counselling, Prof TM George (ICPF), Rev. Johnson Daniel (New Life Seminary), Mercy Luke and Sherly Chacko (IBC), CV Jacob (Rise and build ministries), Girija Sam, Philip Cherian (Formation ), Sinoj George (Life Enrichment Center). KP Thomas (IPC).
 
Agape Partners International (API) was founded as a nonprofit Christian Counseling organization in 1997. It’s a network of Christian Professionals providing free confidential counseling, and dedicated to Asian families in the US and around the world through education, counseling, seminars, research and publications. Dr. Thomas Idiculla serves the President and Rev. Leslie Verghese serves as the Executive Director.