Showing posts with tag: Addiction Recovery

26 OCTOBER 2017

Lighthouse Church: A Place of Belonging for Inmates

Northern Lighthouse Church did not set out to start a prison ministry. It happened when Sam and Karen Keyzer moved their family to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1997 to plant a new church. With seventeen years pastoral experience in the Christian Reformed Church, Sam had been trained in church planting and understood its methods. Yet despite this, […]

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14 OCTOBER 2017

Developing Leaders Among Ex-Prisoners

At the 11:45 service, the first 3-4 rows are reserved for “Jake’s Men,” as other members of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church call them. Bethel AME, a prominent Gothic-style white stone building in Druid Heights, serves as a beacon for one of Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods. Many of “Jake’s Men” have just been released from prison, […]

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Personal Empowerment vs. Social Change: Must We Choose?

When we consider strategies or methods that congregations or faithful citizens use to bring about lasting social change, personal empowerment projects are often overlooked.  Unlike direct service programs which meet immediate needs (cash, food or clothing), empowerment projects seek to undergird the whole person through counseling, mentoring, training, educating or supporting recovery from traumatic circumstances.

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