Training Opportunities

ADVANCED TRAINING - "Biblical Wisdom for Parents": 

The Road to Emmaus Counseling Center is presenting a five-hour training seminar for parents (and for counselors working with parents) on January 21, 2023, at Southwest Hills Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon. The speaker is Rick Elzinga, who was the teaching pastor for Southwest Hills for thirty-four years. Rick has four adult children and thirteen grandchildren and is a certified biblical counselor. Additionally, he was a school teacher before pastoring and has worked with hundreds of parents on using biblical wisdom in their parenting.

The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Each single or couple will receive a free copy of Rick’s new book Biblical Wisdom for Parents—a very practical guide. Lunch and snacks will also be provided. You will also have the option to sign up for a free mentoring session (in person or by Skype) with Rick and his wife, Diane, at which time you can ask parenting questions you have and discuss how to apply the material to your unique situation.

The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and will cover the following topics:
  •           Relationship: Building Deeper Relationships with Your Children     
  •           Intercession: Praying Effectively for Your Children                        
  •           Teaching: Teaching Your Children Biblical Truth                           
  •           Example: Setting an Example Your Children Can Follow
  •           Disciplining Children
  •           The Issue of Education
  •           How to Seek Prodigal Children
  •           Biblical Tools for Parents

After looking at what the Bible teaches about these topics, Rick will share numerous practical ways he and his wife put these principles into practice when their children were at home, and which ones were most effective.

If you want to understand Rick’s heart for raising godly children, here are the words on the back cover of his book:

Biblical Wisdom for Parents
“What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his children?”

I know that’s not what Jesus actually said, but that’s what came to mind as I read Matthew 16:26 when my children were young. Raising godly children was much more important to me than having all the money in the world.
So I searched the Scriptures to find every possible command, principle, or example I might use to direct my children’s hearts to Christ. I knew there was no biblical formula for producing godly children, but I determined to do everything I could to maximize my influence.
My passion is to raise children who love and follow Jesus. If you feel the same way and want some practical ideas that can help, this book may be for you!

BEGINNING TRAINING: Fundamentals In Biblical Counseling Course

Road to Emmaus is an ACBC certified training center.  We desire to raise up counselors in the Pacific Northwest who will faithfully minister God’s Word in their churches and communities as they counsel.  Our certification means ACBC will accept our 30 hours of instruction in the Fundamentals in Biblical Counseling Course as satisfactory towards meeting the minimum education requirement when you desire certification with ACBC. Instructors who are experienced counselors with over 100 years of combined counseling or pastoral experience present our teaching.  We offer our beginning training in counseling every spring.  In 2023 the dates are March 10-11, April 14-15, and May 5-6.  The total cost for all three weekends is $100.

To register click the link below. To contact Pastor Kerry email him at or click the link below.


We offer ACBC Test Prep tutoring to prepare you for completing the test required if you want to be certified with ACBC.  Contact Pastor Kerry to set up your tutoring plans.
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'The Bible teaches that counseling is part of the normal process or one-anothering or discipling that all Christians are called to as we live life together and experience the pain and the bearing of one another’s burdens. '

'At Road To Emmaus, we counsel people using God’s all-sufficient Word, and we host training to equip people to come alongside others with the hope found in God’s Book.'

'Biblical Counseling is what happens when you use God’s Word to have a conversation with and show care to people who are hurting and in need of God’s wisdom and guidance.'