For those of you who are attending the Summer Institute of Recovery Studies, (or considering it!) I want to introduce you to one of our presenters: Gregg Taylor. Gregg has served as pastor of Mercy Street, a ministry of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, TX. Beginning in July 2015, he will became the community architect and pastor for Houston reVision, an organization that leverages the power of community to connect gang-effected youth and kids on the edge with adult mentors, positive peer experiences and life-changing resources in order to help them revise the stories of their lives toward a hope-filled future.
At the Summer Institute, Gregg has agreed to help us wrestle with what it means to create a grace-filled ministry to those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Here’s what Gregg has to say about this topic:
Cultivating a Grace Space: How can our communities create the context for the grace we all long for?
Grace is not a theological abstraction. Graceful ministry and leadership is grounded in a way of living, moving, and having our being within the context of the flesh and blood, heart and soul, broken and messy relationships that make up the communities we are part of. How can we cultivate a grace-space community, even among those who have felt the paralyzing shame of dis-grace? What does non-codependent, grace-filled leadership look like? How do we develop pastoral flexibility with a willingness to do the next right thing, even faced with uncertain outcomes? In short, how do we cultivate communities that become the contexts for the grace we all long for?
We are looking forward to this summer intensive! Join us!
National Association for Christian Recovery