BCC Staff Note: Part of the vision of the BCC is to be a “megaphone” for the biblical counseling world. Today’s post is just such a megaphone as Shawn Saunders of Converting Hearts Ministries announces an upcoming conference on September 16-17, 2011. Among the speakers are three of our BCC Council Board members: Brad Hambrick, Robert Jones, and Sam Williams.
Am I Prepared to Help?
Though there are many startling statistics, one usually only has to take an honest look at his or her own family to realize that there is a big problem. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest challenges facing the present day church is the issue of addiction.
Ask yourself, “Am I prepared to speak with confidant compassion about addiction?” When your spouse, child, friend, or co-worker admits to feeling in bondage to alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, pornography, or sex do you know where to take the conversation next? Do you know the resources in your community? Does your church know how to play its role in the recovery process?
In a world that is in “The Pursuit of More” we must be able to answer these questions if we are going to talk about the freedom of Christ we have in the gospel. It is for this reason that I would like to make you aware of an important conference. But first let me introduce you to my story.
My family’s story is a good example concerning the dangers of seeking fulfillment apart from God. When I was seventeen, my forty-two-year-old mother informed my dad that she was ready to leave him after twenty years of marriage and basically live for herself. Attending bars and dance clubs, seeing other men, and abusing drugs and alcohol replaced teaching the 4 & 5 year old class on Wednesday nights at church, serving meals to help other people, and living selflessly for her family.
What were the consequences of her actions?
My two younger brothers began taking prescription narcotics and became addicted at ages fourteen and seventeen which led to my middle brother serving forty-one months in prison, and my mother passed away at age forty-nine. This is not to mention the horrific pain that my father endured for approximately eight years until his passing at age fifty-five. He paid thousands of dollars for my brothers in court fines and lawyer fees and watched the love of his life kill herself due to chasing a euphoria. Or better put, she was pursuing more out of life—she wanted to transcend the monotony of marriage and motherhood. She was searching for meaning, significance, purpose, and acceptance in the midst of the challenges that relationships bring.
One of the toughest elements of this saga was my dad going to our church for help, but the church not knowing how to respond. He was left with no answers and no hope other than life is filled with pain but we have heaven to look forward to as an escape.
Converting Hearts Ministries is hosting The Pursuit of More: Addictions Conference on Friday, September 16th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and Saturday, September 17th from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Open Door Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Hear from incredible speakers including Danny Akin, Stephen Davey, Sam Williams, Dwayne Millioni, Robert Jones, Brad Hambrick, and others as they engage this growing and concerning issue, and discuss how the church can offer solutions. The Pursuit of More is for church leaders, laymen, counselors, and anyone interested in how to combat addictions in their church and community. The Pursuit of More speakers will share biblical concepts about addictions and practical help to enable individual churches to reach both the addict and those who suffer the consequences of the addict’s destructive behavior.
Learn more about the cause, conference, speakers, and schedule by visiting www.pursuitofmore.com where you will also find a two-minute conference video. All ticket purchases will go to Converting Hearts Ministries to advance their mission to addicts and their families.