Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is an offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:25-26 Difficulties in life bring out the best in us. And the worst. This was certainly true of my experience with cancer. I […]
by Dale Ryan Many church-based recovery ministries use Bible studies on recovery themes as an ‘entry level’ recovery experience or as a way to help people integrate what they are learning in recovery with their faith. It is important not to confuse a ‘bible study’ with a ‘support group’. They are usually very different kinds […]
Another common strategy used in church-based recovery ministries are closed twelve step studies. Typically these groups are ‘closed’ to new participants after a specified group formation period. Closed groups typically last at least 28 weeks but can last longer. Most such groups use a workbook that provides homework assignments to be done prior to each […]
When we first started up the program we got some good input from AA-based treatment programs and from Hazelden. But, back then, we didn’t know of any Christians anywhere who had ever considered having a program that took the Bible seriously and included AA principles as well. Read More.
When I left seminary I had only a very limited understanding of addiction and abuse. It was certainly not a high priority in the seminary curriculum. If they came up at all, addiction and abuse were usually assumed to be unusual. Recovery ministry was thought to be a kind of specialization within the general category of pastoral care. Read More.
It's a whole new way of approaching church. The foundational thing is a real big emphasis on grace. That might not sound shocking but it turns out to be an emphasis which is quite contrary to the Christian culture in which we live. Read More.