Jordan River Ministries : equipping churches with a recovery ministry model to change hearts and transform lives
Churches are described to be a place of refuge, a lifeline for those who are in need. They often reach out to provide special services. However, when it comes to addiction and severe hardship, additional specialized services are needed. 2 Kings 5:1 highlights the justice and healing found in God through Scripture, hospitality, and communal care. This project draws upon Richard Osmer’s model for practical theology as well as a selection of models that aide transformation; therefore, case studies, testimonies, and interviews from churches and individuals are provided. Some of the author’s personal experiences of recovery and ministry programs are highlighted in the study as well. Organizational advice, models, and formulas are shared for best practices. Jordan River Ministries and other recovery services such as Teen Challenge, Evergreen Ministries, and RU Recovery highlight their experience, strength, and hope to encourage the work of helping people overcome addictions and hardships. The work of this thesis highlights various recovery ministry models that is inclusive of elements of the church, leadership transformation and community support. Overall, the goal is to show case the need for recovery support, provide resources for the church, organizations and individuals; To encourage a transformative bridge to healing and wholeness and demonstrate successful examples of recovery recipients who came to know God through the auspices of the church. This work is all with the hope to inspire others in living a clean and sober lifestyle and to compel a collaborative connection within the community. May God bless our work to inspire and help in equipping churches with a recovery ministry model to change hearts and transform lives.