I am so thrilled that many of you have registered for the Summer Institute of Recovery on July 20–24, 2015 – we are almost at capacity. This week-long intensive program is designed for those interested in creating and sustaining healthy and effective recovery ministries. At the NACR, we are passionate about supporting the work of recovery at the community level. We dream of a day when any family can find a recovery ministry within driving distance of their home. That’s why we are committed to bringing pastors, recovery ministry leaders, therapists, and recovery ministry participants together for collaboration and skill building. I know those in attendance will bring experience, strength and hope that will benefit us all!
Here are some details that might help you as you consider joining us at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. We will begin each morning at *8:30 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. daily Monday – Thursday*. *On Friday, we will have an abbreviated day, ending before lunch* so that those of us catching flights can head out. Yes, this is intensive! In the morning, we’ll be listening to lecturers who will provide you with thought provoking information on topics intended to get us thinking about the theology of recovery. Afternoons will include panel discussions, workshops and mentoring opportunities designed to take what we will learn in the morning and apply it to each of our own situations. We’ll have other optional opportunities during the week to meet and get to know one another.
I’ve asked our faculty to weigh in and recommend some books that they particularly appreciate or challenge their own thinking on the subject of
recovery and spirituality. Here is what we have to offer you as possibilities…so far! Use this list as it serves your educational needs.
- Soul Repair: Rebuilding Your Spiritual Life by Jeff VanVonderen/Dale and Juanita Ryan
- The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the journey to wholeness by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham
- Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice by Kent Dunnington
- Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions by Gerald G. May, M.D.
- No More Running In Circles, by Kim Engelmann and Teresa McBean (book and workbook available)
- Healing Life’s Hidden Addictions by Dr. Archibald D. Hart
- Healing the Addicted Brain by Harold C. Urschel III MD, MMA
- Divine Therapy and Addiction by Thomas Keating
- The Twelve Steps, A Spiritual Kindergarten: Christian Perspectives on the Twelve Steps by Dale and Juanita Ryan
- Transformational Steps for Ordinary People: A Christ-centered Twelve Step Study Guide by Teresa McBean
- Bridges to Grace: Innovative Approaches to Recovery Ministry by Liz Swanson & Teresa McBean
- Recovering Faith: Words for the Way – A collaborative project by the NACR and The Work of the People (Volume 1 and 2) edited by Kelly Hall
Additionally, the Life Recovery Bible and The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous are helpful resources.
Questions? We can be reached by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (804-334-3044).
National Association for Christian Recovery