The EMERGE way of counseling is the integration of Biblical truth with sound psychological principles to help people live in the “freedom for which Christ set us free (Gal. 5:1)” or to live the “abundant life” that Christ has promised.
The life influences we face, both good and bad, act upon the mind and are filtered through a person’s past history and develop into interpretations of present events. Therapeutic interventions are aimed at healing the story we tell ourselves about our past history and/or developing a present awareness of God’s comfort and presence so that people can choose the most redemptive interpretation possible and therefore express God’s presence on Earth through their choices/behaviors (“take back dominion”).
This is considered practical sanctification (the process of becoming who God originally created me to be; to become more like Christ) through the renewing of our mind. In this model, Sin is not seen simply as a behavior, but as something that is impacting the mind to think in destructive terms that undermine God’s image in humanity and on the Earth. Christ that impacts upon the mind to develop interpretations that will express God’s image on Earth through our choices and help us reach our original design in relationship with God, ourselves, and others; this is called our “divine potential.”
Strategic partnerships are a vital part of the work of Emerge. We value not only the clients and work we are able to do in sessions at Emerge locations, but also the many ways our team members serve together with other organizations and ministries in our community and across the nation. Some of our partnerships are as new as this year and others have existed for dozens of years. Some of these include:
1973EMERGE established as a Christian mental health center housed in the Bryden Building in Akron, OH.
1976The first class in the EMERGE/Ashland Seminary’s master’s program in pastoral psychology and counseling.
1984The Institute of Pastoral Counseling began for those who desired biblical training without the rigors of a full-fledged graduate program.
1985EMERGE broke ground on a new location at the Mull Road property in Akron.
1987The current location on Mull Ave. in Akron, OH began to serve as EMERGE main headquarters.
1990Expansion began on the Mull Ave. building to accommodate a new Children’s Center.
1995A building expansion began on the Mull Ave. building to accommodate a new Learning Center and an educational wing.
1996Additional services were provided for thousands of pastors across the United States through the Assemblies of God (AG) Emergency HelpLine — a 1-800 number staffed by EMERGE team members.
2016Learning Center remodeling and change of its name to Center of Professional Development.
2019The HelpLine was extended to allow AG ministers and their family members in the US and overseas better access.
2020EMERGE is developing a national counseling referral list to enhance our services to churches, pastors, and other regions of the nation.