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Recovery in Refuge

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Liberty University

Discipleship Ministries Project

A paper submitted to Dr. Zabloski
In partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the course DSMN 500

Liberty Theological seminary

By
Jonathan L. Keene

Lynchburg, Virginia
Sunday, May 12, 2009

Table of Contents
Introduction 4
Diagnosis of Need 5 Target Group 6 Vision Statement 6 Goals 7 Lessons Gleaned from Scripture 8
Formulation of Objectives 12 Competencies Expected of Disciples attending Recovery in Refuge 12
Selection of Content 13 Setting Captives Free 13 Life Principles for Worship from the Tabernacle 14 Celebration of Discipline 14 Shatter the Darkness 14
Scope and Sequence Plan 15 Phase 1: Repentance, Redemption, Recovery 15 Phase 2: Regeneration 16 Phase 3: Rescue-Reaching Out 18 Phase 4: Real Life 20
Partnership with the Refuge Counseling Center 20
Conclusion 21
Self-Assessment of How the 5 Essential Activities of an Education that Produces Disciples Was Incorporated and Integrated 22
Resources to be used in Recovery in Refuge 25
Bibliography 26
Works Consulted 27

Introduction

At Crossroads Community Church in Nampa Idaho the catchphrase is ‘Refuge.” The church has developed what it calls a “Theology of Refuge.”[1] They state, “Crossroads is built around the idea of being a church of God ’s unconditional love, where lives are transformed and reconditioned for partnership with God in accomplishing His will in the world.”[2] This is accomplished using the biblical model of refuge found in the story of David hiding from King Saul in 1 Samuel 22:1,2. While David was hiding in the Cave of Adullum it is written that four hundred men came to join him there. These were men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented with the way things were going in life. David became their leader and later these men became known as David’s Mighty Men, and were the greatest fighting force that Israel has ever known. “When you read this story, you’ll notice that first, David provided a refuge. He welcomed all of these men.”[3] They were then trained, or discipled, to become a mighty fighting force. The model for church structure as found in 1 Samuel 22:1,2 demonstrates church should be a safe place where people who are in trouble can come and be unconditionally loved and empowered to do great things! This model involves transformation from troubled to empowered, and the transformation is done in gentleness and love through the power of the Holy Spirit. The discipleship program envisioned by the author uses the “Theology of Refuge” as put forth by Crossroads Community Church as a basis for change and transformation on a personal level. Additionally when talking with some of the parishioners of the church it was discovered that the church offers space for Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) to meet there. One particular gentlemen named Dan that was attending the A.A. meeting was disappointed that he could not share what Jesus Christ had done in his life by miraculously removing his desire to drink. A.A. uses a format that is general and pluralistic, in that one cannot name their “higher power” when sharing what is going on in their life. This works fine for some people, but when the Lord heals one from Alcoholism literally overnight, as he did for Dan, one wants to sing it from the mountain top. A.A. does not offer a platform for this. While the discipleship program put forth in the following pages does not focus on only one addiction, as does A.A., it does allow for praising what the Lord has done in the lives of individuals on a personal level. The author has named the discipleship program “Recovery in Refuge” and it is geared towards that end. It will be conducted in three phases; Phase 1) Repentance, Phase 2) Redemption, Recovery, Regeneration, and Phase 3) Rescue and Reaching out.

Diagnosis of Need

Crossroads Community Church in Nampa Idaho has a variety of ministries. There are men’s groups, women’s groups, children’s groups, young married groups and teen groups. Crossroads has even just implemented the Urban Ministries Institute which is making seminary level education available to the laity. While each of these groups meet the general needs of biblically feeding the flock and equipping them for ministry, there is no one group that is focused strictly on accountability and spiritual growth. Nor is there a group that deals with addiction recovery and spiritual formation. In light of the limited personnel resources at Crossroads, it is becoming apparent that a small group that focuses strictly on accountability, recovery, and spiritual formation would be beneficial. The church is growing and getting ready to launch a largely digital format via a video venue worship service. With new areas of growth, and old areas to sustain, the ministry of Recovery in Refuge would be beneficial to both old and new parishioners alike.
Target Group Recovery in Refuge is a targeted discipleship program that is focused on people who are already believers, already regular church attendees, and who desire freedom from spiritual oppression, physical addiction, and who lack the abundant life spoken of in John 10:10. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (NKJV). Therefore, Recovery in Refuge is targeting people with drug addictions, alcohol addictions, and sexual addictions. Because of the sensitive and sometime intimate nature of these addictions, especially the sexual ones, it is imperative to keep the groups separate by gender through phase one. For phase two and three the genders may come together for Bible study and training. Those in the church who are addicted are usually silent about their sins. This quiet downtrodden group of believers may only share their problems with their closest friends it they share it at all. “Why can’t I win this? they think. As the fight wears on and the losses pile higher, we begin to doubt everything about ourselves, even our salvation. At best, we think we’re deeply flawed. At worst, evil persons. We feel very alone…”[4] The purpose of Recovery in Refuge is to show them that they are not alone, and to shed light into the dark hiding places of their lives to reveal the sin-mildew and clean it out for good.
Vision Statement “To break the chains of addiction, and declare freedom to those enslaved to sin through Repentance, Redemption, Recovery, and Regeneration; and to equip the Redeemed to Reach out and Rescue others in a Reproducible manner.”
Goals
Crossroads Community Church has created the following list of priorities: • Worship We desire worship that touches God’s heart in a style that is intimate, dynamic, and culturally current. • Word We want to study, teach and apply the Bible. • Prayer We are committed to the fact that we can be agents of change through prayer. • Fellowship We seek to develop real friendships built on Christ’s love. • Ministry We believe that all Christians are called to minister God’s mercy to the lost, the sick, and the poor. • Training We aim to provide training for all aspects of responsible Christian life and ministry. • Evangelism We seek to prepare individuals and send out missionaries to reach the lost with the Good News of Christ.[5] In keeping with the priorities that Crossroads Community Church, Recovery in Refuge will seek to transform the lives of those believers who are currently enslaved to sin and addiction through a ministry of in-depth, engaged, and invested disciple-making leadership. The reason that Recover in Refuge is needed is because it will offer a place for those who believe they are suffering from addiction to call on the name of the Lord for deliverance. In non-Christian based recovery programs like Alcoholic Anonymous, the freedom to call on the Lord is not allowed in the public meeting times. It is a Christian principal that Christians acknowledge Christ before men, “Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will confess him before My Father who is in Heaven” (Matt. 10:32 MKJV). Additionally, it is believed that lasting freedom from addiction can only be achieved through the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. The goals of Recovery in Refuge are these: • Bring freedom from addiction and sin slavery through the power of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. • Teach the recovering person how to worship God with their lifestyle. • Give the recovering person tools to practice spiritual development and growth. • Train the recovering person how to identify and evangelize others who are addicted and enslaved to sin. • Empower the recovering person with spiritual warfare tools to resist the devil and take spiritual ground in their circles of influence. • Commission new disciple-making leaders who have graduated from the program to expand Recovery in Refuge to more groups and locations. These goals are not set in stone and as time progresses it may be found that these goals will need to be amended as circumstances reveal weaknesses, flaws, or oversights.
Lessons Gleaned from Scripture • Repentance Recovery in Refuge is made for those who are truly repentant and those who seek real change in their lives. The Bible gives examples of those who are truly repentant such as King Ahab, “When Ahab heard this, he tore his clothes and wore sackcloth day and night. He was depressed and refused to eat. Sometime later, the LORD said, "Elijah, do you see how sorry Ahab is for what he did? I won't punish his family while he is still alive. I'll wait until his son is king." No one was more determined than Ahab to disobey the LORD. And Jezebel encouraged him. Worst of all, he had worshiped idols, just as the Amorites had done before the LORD forced them out of the land and gave it to Israel” (1 Kings 21:25 CEV). • Tear Down the High Places Recovery in Refuge takes footholds seriously, especially in people with addictive personalities. A personal inventory of sorts needs to take place and those items unfit for the life of a Christian should be done away with just as King Josiah did. “Josiah told Hilkiah the priest, the assistant priests, and the guards at the temple door to go into the temple and bring out the things used to worship Baal, Asherah, and the stars. Josiah had these things burned in Kidron Valley just outside Jerusalem, and he had the ashes carried away to the town of Bethel” (2 Kings 23:4 CEV). Paul says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV). John wrote, “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts” (1 John 5:21 NLT). By tearing down the high places in ones life areas of potential sin will be removed. • Enslaved to sin The Bible never uses the word addicted to describe the hold sin has on our life. Addiction, by today’s standards, caries more than one definition. “The Institute of Medicine defines addiction as a “brain disease” characterized by “compulsive use of a drug,” The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as a “chronic, relapsing, brain disease expressed in the form of compulsive behaviors.”[6] The scriptures, however, record Jesus’ words in John 8:34, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” Paul adds to the slavery concept in Romans 6:20, “When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.” Sin lead to enslavement by another master and in sin the person loses control. Jesus also said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free” (Luke 4:18 NLT). It is only through Jesus that true freedom from slavery to sin and addiction will be attained. • Fill the Spiritual Vacuum When radical evil in the form of addictive sin is removed from one’s life, a person may go through a time of withdrawal. “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before” (Luke 11:24-26 NLT). This program asserts that many addictive issues are a result of a sin problem that is not been given to Christ. A time of active and intentional involvement with the Word of God must take place. “Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you” (Psalms 86:11, NLT). “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow” (Psalms 25:4 NLT). “Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me” (Psalms 27:11 NLT). Filling one’s life with the Word is essential so that when evil comes back, the house is full of good thing from the Lord. • Become Hunters of Men “But now I am sending for many fishermen who will catch them,” says the Lord. “I am sending for hunters who will hunt them down in the mountains, hills, and caves. I am watching them closely, and I see every sin. They cannot hope to hide from me” (Jeremiah 16:16-18 NLT). The men and women of Recovery in Refuge will become Hunters of Men who will be uniquely equipped to discern who is still enslaved to addictive sins. Through a process of targeted evangelization the graduates of the program will focus on rescuing believers who are still enslaved to sins who are in danger of receiving the Judgment of God. • Equipment for Spiritual Warfare “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12 NKJV). “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5 KJV). It becomes essential to put on the full armor of God[7] daily in order to stand against the wiles of the devil. • Reproduce “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age”” (Matthew 28:18-20 NLT). It is the mandate of the Master to make disciples all over the Earth and the long term goal of Recovery in Refuge is to be sustainable and reproducible.

Formulation of Objectives

Competencies Expected of Disciples attending Recovery in Refuge While each of the disciples attending Recovery in Refuge will be expected to have a desire to grow spiritually and be free from the sin that so easily entangles, they must also share a heart for meeting the needs of others. It is this heart of service that is to be nurtured and grow in the process of attending Recovery in Refuge. Unlike A.A. which is not evangelistic in nature, Recovery in Refuge is seeking to set people free from addictions so they can evangelize others. It is a program designed to not only bring freedom from addiction, but to take those who were addicted and train them to be Hunters of Men and equip them to “Breach Hell!”[8] Like the four hundred men who became David’s Mighty Men, Recovery in Refuge seeks to take those who are in trouble, nurture them and empower them to become Mighty Men and Women for God. In keeping with the priorities of Crossroads Community Church it is the goal of Recovery on Refuge to instill seven core competencies in the lives of disciples. These competencies are: worship, time in the word, prayer, fellowship, ministry, training, and evangelism. It is through these seven competencies that Recovery in Refuge will bloom, flourish, and grow just as Crossroads Community Church is doing.

Selection of Content

The content that has been selected for Recovery in Refuge has been purposefully chosen for it’s in depth hands on commitment. The philosophy behind this choice is to create an environment both at home and at the meetings where the materials of recovery are close at hand twenty four hours a day. Recovering addicts need to have a way to turn to their life preserver at all times, and until they can learn to lean fully on the Lord it is good to give them physical tools. The materials and books used for this program will be purchased by the learner with exception of those in need in which case a scholarship may be provided. All the materials combined will run a total of about $84.00 and can be purchased on an as needed basis. Group discounts may be available. Phase 1 and Phase 3 will require internet access at the home of the disciple. This may cause an issue for some, but suitable alternatives, such as the public library for Phase 1 or leaders can download audio files to CD’s ahead of time for Phase 3. Setting Captives Free is a series of addiction recovery recourses will play an essential role in Recovery in Refuge. The Setting Captives Free program is an online free program that offers a catered 60 day program for the following addictions and sin issues: pornography, homosexual relationships, alcoholism, gambling, self injury or cutting, gluttony, anorexia, bulimia, and drugs. It is totally free and you can be set up with an online mentor and use other people you know as accountability partners. Additionally, for added benefit you could purchase a workbook for about $20.00. Life Principles for Worship from the Tabernacle, is a twelve lesson workbook that focuses on learning to worship the Lord while looking at the structure of the Tabernacle built in ancient Israel as a source for inspiration. This workbook would act as the means in which Recovery in Refuge will ‘fill the house with good things’ and teach disciples to worship thus eliminating room for evil to reside in their lives. This workbook is available for about $12.00. Celebration of Discipline, if following the outline put out in the workbook, would be a 52 week course. While this would be beneficial for some, the time constraints are greater than what the scope of Recovery in Refuge would need. Instead only a portion of this book would be used. Recovery in Refuge would focus on the following spiritual disciplines: prayer, meditation on the word, fasting, solitude, service, confession, and study. This material will equip the disciple with tools for positive spiritual growth. The book can be purchased for $20.00 and the workbook for $12.00. Shatter the Darkness Training Workbook for Spiritual Warfare, Prayer Mapping, and Evangelism is a workbook with an accompanying free online MP3 audio program that discusses various aspects of spiritual warfare. The purpose of this selection is to equip the disciple to engage the enemy as he makes himself present. It is also to empower those who have been deeply enslaved to sin to stand up to their old master in the power and authority given to the disciple by Christ. Additionally, the intention of this addition is for the disciple to be equipped to come up out of the cave of Refuge and address a sinful world in an evangelistic and cognizant manner. This workbook is available online for $20.00 and access to the MP3’s are free. This section of the course would be a nine week section.

Scope and Sequence Plan

The scope and sequence of Recovery in Refuge is a 40 week course of intensive accountability, bible study, spiritual development, and equipment for spiritual warfare. It is separated into three phases, where each phase builds on the previous one to embolden the disciple to transform from a victimized mentality to a victorious lifestyle. There will be a weekly meeting to be held at the church at a time set aside by the ministers of said classes. Due to the subject matter the disciples will be separated according to gender for Phase 1.
Phase 1: Repentance, Redemption, Recovery Week 1- Introductory week in which the following actions must take place in the home of the disciple: • Meeting One (introductory meeting) o Repent openly and honestly o Distribute requirements for week one ▪ How-to documents to cover the following bullets • Tear down the High Places (to be done at home) o Remove all items from home and life that could create a foothold for sin, be thorough… ▪ Inappropriate T.V. shows? ▪ Inappropriate Movies? ▪ Inappropriate Video Games? ▪ Inappropriate Relationships? ▪ Inappropriate Music? ▪ Inappropriate Foods (alcohol)? ▪ Inappropriate Merchandise (i.e. Playboy/Jack Daniel’s logo products)? ▪ Inappropriate Drugs? ▪ Inappropriate Pictures and Reading material? • Enroll in Setting Captives Free with an emphasis on one’s particular sin issue. o It is a 60 day course to be started the first day after the first meeting of Recovery in Refuge. • Anoint your home to be a place of Spiritual Refuge (Class Leaders can help if needed). o Doors, windows, property lines o Make it a safe haven in the name of Jesus
Weeks 1-9- Requirements • Participate in Setting Captives free daily. • Meet weekly to discuss progress, be held accountable, and lift one another up in prayer. • Maintain accountability throughout the week online or via phone
Week 10- Phase 1 Wrap Up • What went well? • What may need to change? • Was it effective?
Ensure all are ready to move onto Phase 2 and have Life Principles for Worship from the Tabernacle
Phase 2: Regeneration
Phase 2a Weeks 11-22- Will encompass discussion over one lesson per week from Life Principles for Worship from the Tabernacle. This portion will not be as intensive as Phase 1 because it is one lesson per week, not one per day. Weekly meetings will consist of an accountability time in which the person’s addiction will not be named, but the struggles will be discussed in general. The accountability partners from Phase 1 will be encouraged to continue holding each other accountable throughout the week. • Week 11: Lesson One- Worship from Adam to Aaron • Week 12: Lesson Two- Where We Meet God • Week 13: Lesson Three- Enter His Gates • Week 14: Lesson Four- The Holy Place • Week 15: Lesson Five- Enter His Presence • Week 16: Lesson Six- Ministers to the Lord • Week 17: Lesson Seven- The Debt of Sin • Week 18: Lesson Eight- The Devotion of Surrender • Week 19: Lesson Nine- Positioning for Worship • Week 20: Lesson Ten- False Worship • Week 21: Lesson Eleven- True Worship • Week 22: Lesson Twelve- Jesus Christ, Our High Priest o Ensure all have Celebration of Discipline o Wrap up Life Principles for Worship from the Tabernacle
Phase 2b Weeks 23-29- Will focus on spiritual growth and will involve practical exercises to be completed throughout the week from the book Celebration of Discipline. At the weekly meetings accountability will be discussed, and the thoughts and feeling gained by the spiritual discipline practiced will be addressed. Each week the class leader will explain the spiritual discipline, give guidance on how to practice it, and review the previous week’s activity. • Week 23: Prayer • Week 24: Meditation on the Word • Week 25: Fasting • Week 26: Solitude • Week 27: Service • Week 28: Confession • Week 29: Study o Ensure all have Shatter the Darkness Training Workbook for Spiritual Warfare, Prayer Mapping, and Evangelism o Phase 2 Wrap up ▪ What went well? ▪ What may need to change? ▪ Was it effective?
Phase 3: Rescue-Reaching Out Weeks 30-40- Will focus on spiritual warfare and evangelism. The disciples in Recovery and Refuge will have a choice to make with this material. They can use it to personally win victories in their own life or they can engage larger venues. This section will seek to equip them to manage their old life from an empowered position. If the disciples choose to gain territory for Christ outside of their personal lives even better. This phase is designed to make the disciples Hunters of Men. Coming from an addictive background the will be uniquely equipped to recognize the signs of addiction in others. This phase will equip them to engage the enemy in regard to his hold on the lives of those we love. Each week one chapter will be read and discussed. The audio lesson that accompanies the book will be listened to as well. The disciples will engage in discussion on how to implement the concepts in their personal lives and in the cooperate life of the church. This Phase will give the disciples the tools to effectively resist the devil. All the while the disciples are still holding one another accountable. • Week 30: Foundations of Spiritual Warfare • Week 31: The Five A’s of Spiritual Warfare • Week 32: Victory in Spiritual Warfare • Week 33: Spiritual Warfare on Three Fronts • Week 34: Spiritual Warfare in the End of Days • Week 35: How to Detect Dark Powers in your City • Week 36: Confronting the Powers and Evangelism • Week 37: Awesome Presence, Power, Prayers and Answers • Week 38: How to Get Serious in Prayer/Prayer Mapping • Week 39: The Shatter the Darkness Prayer Map • Week 40 o Phase 3 Wrap up ▪ What went well? ▪ What may need to change? ▪ Was it effective? ▪ How has life changed? ▪ Have they helped anyone else?
Phase 4: Real Life Beyond Week 40- The time after the class will determine what kind of lasting effect has really been produced in the hearts of the disciples who were a part of Recovery in Refuge. It is expected that the relationships that were developed in Phase 1 will continue. That is, the disciples will still hold each other accountable and seek one another out in fellowship. According to Barna, “Technology, performance pressures, and lifestyle shifts have isolated individuals, causing them to be more open to relationships developed through church connections.”[9] How well people stay connected after they finish the fortieth week of Recovery in Refuge will be one sign of success. Another measurable outcome is the reproducibility of Recovery in Refuge. One of the intended goals of this ministry is that it will reproduce itself and some of those who have already completed the program will be willing and able to become a leader to facilitate a new cycle. “It is not possible in this life to complete the process of becoming spiritually mature. Therefore, we must be involved in discipleship for the long term, engaged in a permanent process of shaping and being shaped, of struggling and mastering.”[10] Whether engaged in this ministry or another, it is intentioned that those who walk the forty week trek will be thoroughly equipped to follow King Jesus up out of the Cave of Adullum and accomplish great things for Christ and the church in love.

Partnership with the Refuge Counseling Center

One very unique aspect of implementing this program as Crossroads Community Church is the availability of the Refuge Counseling Center. The Refuge Counseling Center is a place where the councilors seek to “integrate faith and counseling in a Christian context”[11] and it is affiliated with Crossroads Community Church. It is fully possible for the Holy Spirit to heal those individual who attend Recovery in Refuge, yet addictive lifestyles effect not only the individual but everyone who loves them. Counseling may be needed for marriages, family members, and lifestyle changes. Refuge Counseling Center can help with those areas of recovery not addressed within the ministry of Recovery and Refuge.

Conclusion

Recovery in Refuge has been designed to fulfill a need for accountability, true recovery through the power of the Holy Spirit, provide a place for those with addictions to praise God openly for what he is accomplishing, and empower disciples to stand firm against the adversary while ministering to others. Recovery in Refuge is not designed to accomplish spiritual maturity, but it is designed to awaken the spirit of suffering believers to love one another. “The level of power and gifting operating through a Christian’s life has little to do with spiritual maturity…the sign that the Spirit at work is supernatural love…this love requires a supernatural work of grace in the heart.”[12] Recovery in Refuge has been designed to be integrated into Crossroads Community Church in Nampa Idaho and is in keeping with the Theology of Refuge of the church. It also is in keeping with the priorities of the church which are: worship, word, prayer, fellowship, ministry, training, and evangelism. Most importantly, Recovery in Refuge seeks to take those enslaved to sin, set them free, and watch what God will do next. Pastor Jim Halbert of Crossroads Community Church has said that “The best ministers walk with a limp.” He means that those who have experienced life, been hurt, abused, enslaved, etc., make the most effective ministers because they understand the human condition and have risen up in spite of that through the power of Christ. These make the best ministers because they have a story to tell, and can help others out of the mire of sin because they have been there. They also become the best evangelists. “Evangelism is best understood as an aspect of the church’s mission that seeks to help persons enter into Christian discipleship.”[13] Those who have completed Recovery in Refuge and feel led by the Lord to reproduce it will be uniquely qualified to lead others through the program. Recovery in Refuge’s mission statement is “To break the chains of addiction, and declare freedom to those enslaved to sin through Repentance, Redemption, Recovery, and Regeneration; and to equip the Redeemed to Reach out and Rescue others in a Reproducible manner.” This document has laid out in a sequential manner how this will be accomplished. It is the desire of the author to see lives changed, to see God given the Glory, and to see the Kingdom of God expanded in the Heavenly and Earthly realms through victory in individual lives.

Self-Assessment of How the 5 Essential Activities of an
Education that Produces Disciples Was Incorporated and Integrated

Dr. Michael Mitchell lists the five essential activities of an education that produces disciples. An assessment of how these elements were addressed in the Recovery in Refuge ministry plan is shown below. 1. Make a disciple who worships Jesus (answering the What question) a. Creating a worshiper of Jesus is started in Phase 1 and incorporates worship at home by making it a safe place for spiritual recovery. b. It is bolstered in Phase 2 with study on worship and the practice of spiritual disciplines. c. It is solidified in Phase 3 where it is emphasized that Jesus is the source of all power and worship and honor is due him. 2. Construct a curricular plan (answering the Content question) a. The framework is a 40 week period that contains four resources in book form and online. b. Weekly meeting where that weeks material is discussed. 3. Prepare a plan for teaching and learning (answering the Process question) a. Leaders utilize the 40 week program and accompanying materials to facilitate discussion. b. Participants are expected to participate in all materials and be held accountable weekly for completing course requirements. 4. Establish an environment for education (answering the Context question) a. The meetings will be set up for interaction and engagement. b. Participants are challenged to find personal application from the weekly sessions and lessons. 5. Have a heart for and serve people (answering the People question)[14] a. Recovery in Refuge seeks to bring people together in accountability and fellowship to destroy the lie that we are alone in our struggles. b. Recovery in Refuge seeks to instill a love for our brothers and sisters who are still struggling with addictions and enslavement. c. Recovery in Refuge seeks to create Hunters of Men who will actively seek out and Rescue those who are addicted and enslaved and bring them along-side to facilitate freedom for others.

Resources to be used in Recovery in Refuge

Barber, Wayne, Eddie Rasnake, and Richard Shepherd. Following God: Life Principles for Worship from the Tabernacle. Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2001.

Cleveland, Mike. Setting Captives Free. Bemidji: Focus Publishing, 2007.

Cleveland, Mike. Setting Captives Free. Online Accountability http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com (accessed May 3, 2013).

Dizdar, Russ. Shatter the Darkness Spiritual Warfare Workbook. Raleigh: Lulu Publishing Group, 2012.

Dizdar, Russ. Spiritual Warfare Today: Training Course & Workbook. Online Training Tool and Audio Files. http://www.spiritualwarfaretoday.com/page4.html (accessed May 3, 2013).

Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers, 1983.

Foster, Richard J. A Study Guide for Celebration of Discipline. San Francisco: HarperCollins Publishers, 1983.

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Barna, George. Growing True Disciples: New Strategies for Producing Genuine Followers of Christ. Colorado Springs: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, Kindle Edition, 2013.

Crossroads Community Church. http://crossroadsnampa.com/#/home (accessed May 2, 2013).

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Scazzero, Peter and Bird, Warren. The Emotionally Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship that Actually Changes Lives. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.

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