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Mar 2024

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.”
– Psalm 90:17

Service Anniversaries & Birthdays

Service AnniversariesIlma Bokman – Sun, Mar 10
Kara Green – Mon, Mar 25

BirthdaysJonathan Bower – Thu, Mar 7
Patrick Milloy – Wed, Mar 27

Prayers Answered

Pamela Crosby’s dad, Pastor Dave Krist, is excited to be home from rehab, improving slowly and surrounded with family.

Meghan Flint’s successful procedure.

Prayer Requests

Dr. Pat has been encouraged by the outcome of her shoulder surgery. Continue to pray for a complete healing that provides her with greater strength and mobility.

The countdown has begun for Katti and Baby Kern; praying for a safe and blessed delivery.

Continue to keep Ilma and her husband, Don, in your prayers as they prepare for his surgery in the upcoming months.

Jonathan Bower’s stepdad continues to be in need of prayer as he battles a spreading cancer.

Please keep Patrick’s friend, Paul, in your prayers.

God’s continued blessing on these Days of Prayer at Emerge (now through March 21) — as we grow individually in His presence and together in community.

Team Updates

Katti & Baby
The women’s ministry at Katti’s church (Springfield Assembly) have put together a meal train to bless Katti and her family during these days of Baby Kern’s arrival. Her Emerge family is being invited to join in on the “train”.

Click here if you would like to bless her during this special time out of the office.

FINAL CALL – Land’s End
If you have not ordered your Land’s End Christmas gift and would like to save the delivery cost, please send your order details (catalog #, picture of item, size, color, etc.) with your gift certificate number to Pamela Crosby, on or before Friday, March 8.

Congratulations Dr. John King!
It’s with great pride and excitement we announce the published work of one of our own clinicians, John King, PhD, LPC, NCC (Emerge PA). Please read the book description below and take time to congratulate John for his excellent work. 

“Christian Integration in Counselor Education” – Coming to Amazon

As both counselor educators and deeply committed followers of Christ, we recognize the need more than ever to integrate a Christian perspective on issues in the professional counseling field. The primary motivation for this book is to empower faith-based CACREP-accredited counseling programs to integrate robust Christian principles and values into the counseling profession while upholding and honoring the ethical standards outlined in the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics. This work comprises the perspectives of 55 contributing Christian authors from many institutions who are committed to the integration of Christian faith and theology in the counseling profession. Each of the authors is committed to the following core values in their writing:

  • Decidedly Christian. This book is unreservedly grounded in Christian faith and theology, and each author is a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ.
  • Professional Counselor Identity-Focused. This book aims to provide distinct guidance tailored to professional counselors and the counseling profession.
  • Spiritual Formation. Our aim extends beyond intellectual and emotional growth for counselors and counseling students; we also strive to foster spiritual development for counselors in training.

This book is designed to be utilized across the curriculum in a faith-based CACREP-accredited counseling program by applying Christian integration across the CACREP standards.

Soul Care Experience Weekend

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Friday, January 26 – Sunday, January 28

Response From Attendee
“Thank you, Emerge Team, for being a blessing to me, my family, and our church family. The first night and session impacted us so greatly. Learning what forgiveness is, is not, and the steps needed to live in freedom were life changing for me and my sons. Thank you! Thank you for impacting others in a positive way, bringing us closer to one another, and most importantly to Jesus!”

Response From Pastor
“The greatest leadership you can do is the ability to lead yourself. We’re going to look back on this day and see the transformational work that was done in the life of our church because of the Spirit-empowerment on everything they taught us. We’ll look back on this day as the time many of us realized that we really can be whole. We’re going to do this again with Emerge.

In my estimation, I can confidently say that Emerge is the leading Christian counseling ministry in the world because they are spirit-empowered, with a dynamic prophetic edge. The outcome of this weekend has been above and beyond!”

Sam Rijfkogel
Host Pastor

Get Out Of Your Head: God’s Treatment Plan for the Troubled Mind
“God used my history with Him and clinical skills to administer healing to the Grand Rapids First Family. Serving at the Soul Care Conference was both life-giving and life-changing.”
Presenter: Natasha Biddings, MA, LPC

The Grace to Face Anxiety & Depression
“There is a great need to integrate a robust expression of faith in Jesus, along with psychologically-informed care. The Soul Care Experience brings the best of what Emerge has to offer to serve churches across the United States. As both a clinician and a session speaker, it is a joy to multiply our impact.”
Presenter: Rev. Jason Tourville, PA

Stronger & Deeper Relationships: Overcoming Resentfulness, Bitterness, & Unforgiveness
What an amazing Soul Care Experience we had this past weekend. I was blown away with the whole experience because of the hospitality shown to us from the church, the hunger to learn from the participants, and the testimonies of transformation of how the Lord touched so many lives. Our entire team was able to serve so many people. I am especially grateful to have such a ministry-minded President who represented Emerge so well from the pulpit of such a Spirit-filled, thriving church.
Presenter: Dave Blankenship, PhD, LPCC-S

Sunday Message
Watch the Sunday morning sermon here.

Clinical Trainings

The front desk will block out the training dates and times in your schedule. If you don’t want to attend the training, please reach out to the front desk to open your schedule up.

Recoding Implicit Emotional Learnings Through Memory Reconsolidation

Led by David Blankenship, PhD, LPCC-S
6 Continuing Education credits offered
Register by Thursday, March 21

Future Trainings

Prepare & Enrich with Jason Tourville, MA
Fri, Apr 26 • 9:00am–3:00pm • 5 CEs

Trauma-Themed Sand Tray with Dr. Pat Barrett
Fri, Jun 28 • 9:00am–4:00pm • 6 CEs

Ethics Training
Fri, Aug 30 • 9:00am–12:00pm • 3 CEs

Substance Abuse with Steve Kerestes, LICDC-CS, LPCC-S
Fri, Oct 25 • 9:00am–12:00pm • 3 CEs

Relational Counseling Training
Fri, Dec 6 • 9:00am–12:00pm • 3 CEs

Front Desk Updates

2024 Training Schedules
Dr. Dave sent out the training schedule for this year. If you are not planning on attending one/some of the trainings, please let the front desk know as soon as possible so we can unblock your schedule for those days/times.


Dr. Dave – A huge thank you for spending your weekend getting furniture for the clinicians’ offices! Thank you so much!

Jennifer – Thank you for fixing the postage meter!

Jackie – Thank you for adding the trainings to everyone’s schedules!

Welcome to the Team

Getting Acquainted with Dan Hazlett

My wife and I along with our 2 children (2- and 4-year-old) call Akron, OH our recent home. My wife plans to homeschool and is a PRN. I have been working towards my MFT degree remotely at Montreat College located in NC.

I heard about Emerge through several churches, church staff, and friends who have gone to Emerge for counseling. Desiring a Christian setting and valuing authenticity, Emerge fits with my desire for restoration and Kingdom work.

My biggest inspiration in life, especially when it comes to counseling, is Jesus Christ. I want to model well his love for others, his acceptance of broken people, and his approach to asking good questions that get to the heart of the issue. Others that have influenced me include Francis Chan, Ben Stuart, John Eldredge, and Virginia Satir.

My most listened to podcasts are Wild at Heart, Family Teams, Dad Tired, The Leading Edge in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and of course The ExEm Podcast. Ben Stuart’s message titled “Honest with God” was revolutionary in my walk with God. Two books that have impacted my relationship with Christ the most have been Crazy Love by Francis Chan and Drawing Near by John Bevere. In Bevere’s book, what stood out to me most was the idea that we are the ones who determine our hunger for the Lord. We choose what to fill our souls with. To Hell With the Hustle by Jefferson Bethke was also a game changer for our family in creating rhythms and family pillars.

Three key experiences that culminated my passion for others include a summer project in Northbay Ontario Canada in 2010, being an RA at Kent State University from 2011–2013, and more recently as a job coach and then case manager for Youth Opportunities Unlimited in Cleveland, OH. These experiences revealed to me my strengths and passion to witness others’ stories, come alongside to nurture and empower, and to share the Good News of Christ’s love and redemptive power.

My ultimate happy place is found in my hammock with ferns, pine, and moss surrounding me with some form of water close by. The CVNP has been good to us. My bucket list includes hiking the Appalachian Trail and I enjoy making things with my own hands. The two largest projects that I have made include our kitchen countertops and nightstands.

If someone were to show me appreciation, this is what that might look like…

  • Catching up over some freshly ground coffee in my French press
  • An occasional check-in
  • Sharing advice and wisdom!
  • Dark chocolate and special coffee

Group Updates

Healing from Emotionally Destructive Relationships

Starting Thursday, September 28
7 week program (not meeting on October 19)
Thursdays, 6:00–7:30pm

This group is for WOMEN only, 25 and older, who have been emotionally abused by spouse or significant other, currently in marriage or not.


Pastor’s Event


Hosted by Gary Underwood, Emerge Development Office

Please note that this event will be hosted in the CPD.


Lunch & Learn

CPD Following CATM

All clinicians are invited to join Brady Brooks from Charlie Health

Come and enjoy free food with the opportunity to learn about a resource in the area for clients. You can visit their website to learn more about them:

Personalized Virtual IOP | Charlie Health

RSVP to Emily Evans ONLY if you’re planning on attending. This helps with a more accurate luncheon count.




Days of Prayer finishing strong are the highlight of the Chapel service.

Latest ExEm Podcast Episodes

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Mindfulness to Bring Balance

Kate Dunn, who has been an RN for over 40 years, shares her expertise in mindfulness with everyone who is ready. Kate guides us into a state of meditation and relaxation, and even provides us with an exercise near the end of our conversation.

IE Requests

IE requests to be submitted on or before each Thursday. You can include prayer requests, suggested social media posts (scriptures, phrases, and quotes), fun facts, team leaders announcements, calendar events, etc.

You’ll find the Inside Emerge Request form on the Team Portal, and for a variety of promo materials, please submit through the Marketing Request form.

Office Supplies

Most of the office supply orders are now through Amazon. If you need something ordered, please check Amazon and send your order selection to Jenn Joseph.

Due to a local winter storm warning, Emerge Counseling Ministries will be closed Friday, January 19th and will reopen pending improved weather conditions. We are offering telehealth appointments only pending the clinician’s availability to do so.