A wise pastor once told me, “If you are going to work in the field of recovery ministry, please do not attempt to measure ministry success for AT LEAST ten years.” He was correct in his assessment although I did not appreciate his counsel at the time. My eyes focused on the possibilities and promises of the church reaching out and offering a hand up to what I considered to be our most bountiful field ripe for the harvest in America – helpless and hopeless alcoholics, addicts and their loved ones.
Seventeen years into this adventure, I don’t have much time to evaluate progress, much less flirt with the alluring siren called Success. But what I find completely intriguing is process and progress. As ministry leaders, churches and ministries, treatment facilities and treatment professionals – we can make progress and improve our process. To that end, the NACR is really taking a giant leap forward in terms of providing you with resources to assist you as you serve others.
Check out our online classes. Go to our recovery and spirituality sessions, and expect to be wowed with the content. They will give you not only great quality videos, curriculum and accompanying articles for small group studies, but might just set a pastor up for a fantastic sermon series.
Here’s a link to one class that you might like to check out: Spirituality and Recovery
Expect regular additions of content and be prepared for the future when we will offer participants the opportunity to work in cohort groups and complete a certificate program in faith-based addiction recovery ministry.
Seventeen years ago I needed someone to help me start a recovery ministry. Ten years ago I desperately needed help in sustaining both the ministry and my flagging energy for the mission. Today pastors, lay leaders and families can get these resources. Here. So dig through this website and discover creative resources and inspiration from voices around the country who are as invested as you are in providing more effective recovery resources to families.
FYI – we will be announcing details about the Summer Institute of Recovery Studies 2016 soon!