Free Biblical Counseling

Emmanuel Baptist Church offers FREE Biblical Counseling every Thursday night starting at 6pm. We stand firmly on the rock of the Word of God, that being the Bible, to provide for us what we need. Whether there are marital, financial, relational or internal problems, God's Word offers the hope for improved situations.

Our Biblical Counselors are certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and would love the opportunity to open God's word and assist you in living the life He would want you to live. This ministry is free to all who partake, you simply need to sign up and let us know that want to come and we will work on setting up an appointment with you.

Don't let the day and time stop you from getting the help that you need, book an appointment and let us help you see the love that God has for you. Emmanuel Baptist Church wants to serve you as best as it can and we hope that you would reach out and get the help you need.

Pastor Duke Crawford

• B.A. from Faith Baptist Bible College
• M.A. from Faith Baptist Theological Seminary
• Certification from Association of Certified Biblical Counseling (ACBC)
• Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Toledo, Oh.

Paul Walberg

• B.A. from Moody Bible Institute
• M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School
• Director of Biblical Counseling Ministry of Toledo, Oh.

Maddie Walberg

• Graduate of Moody Bible Institute
• Certification from Association of Certified Biblical Counseling (ACBC)

Questions and Answers

What type of counseling is this?

The biblical counseling at Emmanuel Baptist Church is based on the conviction that the Word of God, the Bible, is sufficient for all matters of life (2 Tm. 3:15-17).

What is the goal of Biblical Counseling?

There is always hope for change based on the promises of God and the power of Jesus Christ. Biblical counseling offers much more than coping strategies. This hope is found when we understand our goal in this life is to please God (2 Cor. 5:9).

What are the tools used in the Biblical Counseling process?

We believe several tools are helpful in the biblical counseling process. The counselor must get to know the counselee through gathering information (Prov. 18:13), health considerations (James 5:13-16), Biblical instruction with application ( 2 Num. 2:15; 1 Peter 2:1-3), accountability with and help from other believers in the church (Phil. 4:2-3; Heb. 10:24-25), prayer and practical homework (Mt. 19:21; Mk 5:19).

Who can come for help?

Counseling is available for members and attenders of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and those in the community seeking help. All are welcome to make appointments for counseling.

How does one make an appointment?

Contact the church office at 419-473-3280. The necessary forms will be sent to you and need to be completed before the first appointment. Once the forms have been received an appointment will be scheduled.

What is the cost?

There is no cost for the counseling; however, some counseling books and materials may need to be purchased.

When & where do counseling sessions take place?

Each session takes place at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Most counseling sessions will be on Thursdays between 2·9 pm.

How long is each counseling session?

Each session is 50 to 75 minutes long. 

How long does the counseling process usually last?

The counseling process typically lasts 8 to 15 weeks.

What will happen at the first meeting?

At the first session, the counselor will explain the counseling process and offer some thoughts about what the Word of God says about your situation.

What is expected of the counselee?

The counselee must be willing to:
• Sign the consent to Biblical counseling form
• Agree to the presence of counselors in training during your sessions.
• Complete any assigned homework prior to the counseling appointment. The counselor reserves the right to discontinue any counseling if the counselee consistently refuses to complete homework assignments.
• Arrive on time for each appointment and call ahead to reschedule when necessary.

What is homework and why is it important?

Homework assignments can include reading materials, listening to CDs, completing work­sheets, memorizing Scripture. Homework assignments provide opportunities for the counselee to practice concepts through the week.