Addiction touches all of us! Whether it’s through our own struggle, a loved one battling addiction, or our desire to respond to those in our church and community, recovery and healing is happening by Jesus’ power among His people. Rather than despair in the face of increased and complicated addiction issues, we can seize the opportunity God provides for the local church to meet people where they are and love them toward becoming all that God designed them to be. Through discussion and presentation, Chris will challenge misunderstandings, labels and beliefs about addiction. And then, Chris will share strategies and resources for starting and sustaining a recovery ministry in the local church. By developing recovery programs, we can flood the darkness where so many are suffering with the glorious light of Jesus!
Presenter: Chris Sparks
Chris Sparks was a military intelligence soldier in the US Army. After many years abroad, Chris returned home with a secret addiction to alcohol. He achieved his MBA and entered the business world, working in manufacturing and company acquisitions. He moved to Indiana to settle down, raise a family and run a small family owned business. Despite his professional success, his secret grew until he lost everything to the darkness of addiction. By the grace of God, Chris was reborn into a deep, loving relationship with Jesus Christ and the family of faith. In addition to the restoration of Chris’s career, God works through him as Chris offers much of his to the church and community to help others discover freedom from hurts, habits and hang-ups.