EMMAUS MINISTRIES NW

PASTORAL COUNSELING & LIFE COACHING


Pastor Jonathan Burger M.A.P.C. B.C.P.C

In John chapter 21, Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?” instructing him, if you do, “Feed my sheep”. It is the chief aim of this ministry to love Jesus and honor him by caring for his flock.

This is accomplished through an eclectic approach, combining Biblical teaching with practical application in both corporate and individual environments

 

 

 

God can take anything that happens to us–even bad things–and use it to shape us and make us into a better, more Christlike person–if we will let him

-Billy Graham

A Name that Means Something

Emmaus, What's that?

Luke 24:13-35 tells the story of Cleopas and his companion returning to their home in Emmaus following the crucifixion of Jesus. All their hopes have been crushed as their beliefs about who Jesus was and what he was going to accomplish appeared to be dead along with him. Scripture tells us that along that journey, while Cleopas and his companion are discussing what had happened in Jerusalem, Jesus comes up alongside them and joins the discussion about recent events but takes it one step further and begins dissecting scripture about himself and the necessity of what happened in Jerusalem. This story concludes with Jesus being invited into the travelers’ home where at meal time, taking a loaf of bread, giving thanks for it and breaking it Jesus became instantly recognizable to both Cleopas and his companion. 

This story is a strong reminder of the fact that even in our darkest moments, when all hope seems lost, Jesus walks with us, we never walk alone. The answer to all the concerns, hurt and questions that Cleopas had were with him all along but they were not revealed and understood until Jesus was invited into his home. Whatever you face today, you are on your own Emmaus road, Jesus is and has been walking this road with you but the key to finding the answers and freedom you are searching for begins with inviting him into your situation(home). 

At Emmaus Ministries, through our own journey, we understand the power that comes when you invite Jesus into your home. It is our desire to see that same power move through your life and transform your heartache into triumph. 

Finding Rest

Our Approach

Spirit Lead: Isaiah 9:6 calls Jesus the Great Counselor, and as the Great Counselor it is his example that we follow in all our ministry opportunities. Jesus himself in John 5:19 says that he does nothing he has not first seen the Father do and in accordance with that example we do nothing that we have not seen Jesus do. Our desire within this ministry to honor Jesus by heeding his words to Peter in John chapter 21, to feed his sheep as we recognize his position as our shepherd and our duties as under-shepherd in all of our interactions.We believe that all ministry whether in an intimate counseling setting or from a pulpit is lead by the Holy Spirit imparted to us at Salvation in Jesus Christ. The same power that enabled Jesus to perform his mighty works is alive and functioning today as it guides and directs his ministry. According to Romans 8:26 it is the Holy Spirit that gives us direction where to go and when to act and it is the Holy Spirit that leads our ministry.

Practical: When God created humans he created us both spirit and flesh, and while or spirits will live on long after our flesh fails, the issues we face today are rooted in the physical, meaning, there is a practicality that needs to be applied to your spirituality.  It is our belief that behind every spiritual concept is a practical application and behind every command or rule given by God in the Bible is a practical reason. It is our goal to remove the veil of confusion and unravel Gods practical truth and purpose for everyone of our clients lives.

Cooperative The counseling relationship is only as successful as the parties allow it to be. With this in mind we employ a cooperative approach in which the client along with the counselor/ pastor takes an active role in their treatment.

Eclectic God made mankind in his image but he did not make them all alike. Everyone carries their own history and has their own unique story. With that in m ind we take an eclectic approach combining classical Biblical counseling with modern theories and techniques.

​We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. Colossians 1:28