Successful recovery ministries maintain reliance upon Christ and divine guidance as central to their continuation. Prayer – by the leadership, over the ministry and at every gathering – is the answer these churches give most often when asked how they developed. This paper shares the stories of several churches and ministries who have successfully gone through the process of growing a recovery ministry. Belief in the healing power of Christ, and seeing the fruits of His healing in changed lives is the end goal for recovery ministries.
Leadership Network’s concept paper, Growing A Recovery Ministry: Contex-Sensitive Innovations and Christ- Centeredness Define Successful Programs , published in 2007 by Meagan Taylor explores this important topic.
Here are some great quotes from the paper:
“GOD HAS A WAY OF PUTTING THE MOST PRECIOUS STUFF IN SURPRISING PLACES—LIKE DRUNKS IN A TANK OR JESUS IN A MANGER.”
“A BIG GROUP OF PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO GO THROUGH THE SMALL END OF THE FUNNEL…SO WE INVERTEDTHE FUNNEL.”
“IF YOU’RE REACHING THE UNCHURCHED, THEN YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR MINISTRY LOOK AS MUCH UNLIKE CHURCH AS POSSIBLE.”
“THE BEST ROOMS IN THE CHURCH ARE RESERVED FOR GROUPS, TO PRESENT RECOVERY AS A ‘FRONT DOOR’ MINISTRY.”
“WE TRY TO MAKE RECOVERY RELEVANT AND PRACTICAL BY SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE THE CULTURE SPEAKS.YOUR BEST LEADERS WILL NOT BE WELL-MEANING CODEPENDENTS. YOUR BEST LEADERS WILL BE THE ONES IN YOUR GROUPS RIGHT NOW.”
For more in depth information on the subject you can also read “Bridges to Grace: Innovative Approaches to Recovery Ministry” by Liz Swanson and Teresa McBean. Liz Swanson was also the editorial advisor for the concept paper.
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