Facing Addiction/Supporting Recovery
March 31 – April 1, 2017 — Begins Friday at 7PM and ends Saturday at 4PM
Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Rd., Brentwood TN 37027.
Lunch provided on Saturday, with snacks morning and afternoon
Plenary presentation by Nate Larkin, author of Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood . Nate is involved in the Samson Society about which he says: “The Samson Society is not church, but we pray together. It’s not AA, but we talk about our failures in the present tense. It’s not a cult, but we are deeply committed to community. We’re trying to live truthfully and together as Christians.”
Closing plenary by Al Andrews. Al is the founder and executive director of Porter’s Call whose mission is to provide counsel, support and encouragement to recording artists and their families.
Music by Jill Phillips and Andy Gullahorn (for just a taste see: The Door) If you have never heard Andy and Jill, it’s worth coming just to hear them. They are funny, deep, compassionate, honest and a lot more. Don’t miss this.
There will be six breakout sessions. Attenders will be able to attend three of the following:
1. Teresa McBean on Becoming a Community Resource for Recovery
As Exec. Dir. of the NACR, Teresa brings both enthusiasm and resources to a workshop focused on helping faith communities access resources on recovery and share them with their communities. Although she is inspired by the work she witnesses happening all over the country in the arena of spirituality and recovery, Teresa is at heart a pragmatic practitioner. She co-pastors Northstar Community, a local recovery church in Richmond, VA, where she regularly borrows other people’s great ideas in hopes of building a safe, effective and welcoming church for families struggling with Substance Use Disorders, trauma and mental health issues in her local community.
2. Father Thomas McKenzie on Worship and Preaching in a Recovery Community
Father Thomas McKenzie is the first Pastor of Church of the Redeemer. He, his wife Laura, and their two daughters have lived in Nashville since 1999. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. His Master’s Degree in Divinity is from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Thomas was ordained in the Anglican Communion in 1998. He’s a Benedictine oblate as well an Anglican priest. Thomas is the author of The Anglican Way, a guidebook for anyone interested in Anglican Christianity.
Part of their description at Church of the Redeemer reads: “We are a community of broken people whom God is making whole. We are real people, just like you, who sometimes struggle and ask many questions. In the midst of our diverse backgrounds and experiences, we have found a home in Christ and with one another.”
3. Mike Malloy on Sexual Addiction and Recovery (for sex addicts)
Mike directed Christian Counseling Services for 20 years, a non-profit counseling and social service center.
In Private Practice since January 1996 doing individual, marital and group counseling specializing in mid-life issues—depression, anxiety, ‘re-tooling’; men’s issues; and sexual abuse / addiction / identity issues. Spirituality is an important part of his life. He believes 12-step recovery to be very spiritually centered and beneficial to anyone.
Mike and his wife Jeannie have lived in the Nashville metropolitan area since 1975, now in Franklin, TN. His wife is administrator at Blankenship CPA Group. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. He is an avid reader, enjoys the outdoors and loves the southwestern USA and native American culture particularly the Navajo in New Mexico and Arizona.
4. Sexual Addiction and Recovery – for family and loved ones of sex addicts.
Marnie C. Ferree, M.A., is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Nashville, Tennessee, where she directs Bethesda Workshops, a short-term Christian-based intensive program for sex addicts and partners. In 1997, she established the first gender-specific treatment for female sex addicts, and her book, No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction, uniquely addresses this problem in women. Ms. Ferree is also the volume editor and a contributing writer for Making Advances – A Comprehensive Guide to Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts. She may be contacted through Bethesda Workshops or 615-467-5610.
5. Cindy Blom on Grief and Loss in Recovery
Cindy is a Certified Profession Addiction/Recovery Coach who lives in Franklin, Tennessee. About herself she says: “I am often told that I have a doctorate in life. If that is true then it came from the school of hard knocks. Trust me there are easier ways to learn about this thing called life. My family spent 15 years fighting the addiction and mental illness battle with our son. On May 1, 2014, we lost him to an accidental heroin overdose. During that time, I found out firsthand that this disease is a family disease. I have 10+ years on staff at The Counseling Center at Christ Community Church. I provide counseling support services and work with families and individuals who are in crisis. In my private practice, I provide coaching services. As a Certified Professional Addiction and Recovery Coach, I will work with those who are battling addition, trauma, grief and loss to develop life giving strategies. I have a directive coaching approach, using the latest recovery based research and brain studies, cognitive restructuring, spiritual direction, mindfulness, story work, along with traditional 12 step work. One of my passions is bringing what I have learned to faith-based communities to teach them skills about how to care for those with complex and traumatic stories. This can be an extremely isolating journey. We don’t heal overnight. Healing is a process.
6. David Hampton on “After the Miracle: expectations of sobriety for folks with a substance use disorder and those that love them.”
David Hampton has lived in Nashville, TN since 1988. His experiences include two stints as a staff songwriter for major music publishers, touring as a musician with various Christian music artists, and most recently as the author of a book, Our Authentic Selves: Reflections On What We Believe and What We Wish We Believed (Lighthouse Publishing).
David served in the position of Director of Worship and Arts Ministries at Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN since 1995. He left that position in August of 2016 to devote himself fulltime to his private practice as a Certified Professional Addiction/Recovery Coach and is part of a counseling group in Brentwood, TN.
As a man with his own personal story of addiction and recovery he is also cofounder of Entreat Recovery Partners; a nonprofit group helping connect those who struggle with addiction and substance use disorder to medically assisted treatment, trauma and Adverse Childhood Experience therapy, and coaching for cognitive restructuring as well as the support of various recovery communities. This multi-faceted approach to recovery care is becoming widely accepted as a best practices solution as addiction becomes more understood as a multi-faceted disorder.
As a public speaker, David shares his story of recovery and restoration with various groups and organizations around the country hoping to help bridge the gap of understanding between faith communities and the world of addiction recovery.
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Please note: Refunds are available only until one month prior to the event.
There are lots of hotels in the area. The best rate for the conference will be at:
107 Brentwood Blvd.
Brentwood, TN 37027
We have reserved a block of rooms here but we encourage you to make reservations early, as things fill up. There are two big events that are already eating up rooms in the area. The rate is $79 per night, and should you what to stay more than one night, the rate is extended.
Make a reservation by calling 615-371-8477 and ask for the National Association for Christian Recovery group rate. Breakfast is included.
A limited number of scholarships are available for this event. If you would like to apply, please send an email to email@example.com. Include a brief description of the ways in which you are currently involved in recovery ministry and also describe your need for a scholarship. Thanks.