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Addiction and the Church: Imagining Effective New Ministries

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This event has been cancelled.

This workshop will help congregations envision new and effective ways to minister to those in their midst who are struggling with addiction or who love someone struggling with addiction. Participants will learn the difference between addiction and chemical dependency, discuss how brain chemistry is at play and will hear about how to structure an intervention in a loving way.  

Date: March 28, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Cost: $30 each

Presenter: Rev. Dr. David Lee Jones

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center room 204, 100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705

Recommended for: clergy, laypersons, family members and anyone interested in learning more about addiction and how to minister to persons struggling with addiction in the church

About the Presenter

Reverend Dr. David Jones has been studying and implementing Bowen family systems theory for over 35 years and is a popular speaker/consultant on leadership development and conflict management. 

He is a Presbyterian pastor who has served churches in New York State (including Southampton Presbyterian Church—the oldest Presbyterian Church in the United States, founded in 1640) and Atlanta. He has received Atlanta Presbytery’s Small Church Pastor of the Year Award and the church simultaneously received The Small Church of the Year Award. Among numerous academic articles, his essay, “Peace is Systemic,” won first place in Bethany Theological Seminary’s Peace Essay Writing Contest. 

Jones holds a degree in drug and alcohol abuse counseling and a ThD in pastoral counseling; his doctoral research focused on helping persons wounded by problem drinkers discover forgiveness. He also served as the executive director of the Harmony Grove Counseling Center. For over a decade he worked nights as an emergency room crisis counselor for several county mental health centers. He taught at the Seminary of the Southwest’s (Episcopal) master’s degree programs in Chaplaincy and Counseling from 2008 to 2018 and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.