Mission & Vision
Our mission is to provide the tools and support that donors, churches, and other ministries need to fulfill their desire to walk alongside as many people as God allows from the bondage of addiction into the healing and restorative power of our Heavenly Father.
While millions of people have found their way out of the slavery of addiction, millions more die as a result of their disease. Even though most survive, many families are caught up in the chaos the person with an addiction brings into the world, destroying childhoods, careers, and marriages. Medicine, psychology, and religion all approach addiction recovery from different perspectives, but suffer from poor outcomes due to weak areas in their specific approaches. We seek to bring all three to the table so they can benefit from each others’ strengths to allow a higher level of long-lasting physical, emotional, and spiritual sobriety.
What we Believe
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, trustworthy and true, without error, Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- We believe there is only one God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19)
- We believe Jesus Christ is God, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His death that paid for our sin through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension/rising up to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory. (John 1:1; Matthew 1:18,25; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 9:15-22; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 9:27-28)
- We believe that acceptance of Jesus Christ and the corresponding renewal of the Holy Spirit are the only paths to salvation for lost/sinful men and women. (John 3:16; John 5:24; Titus 3:3-7)
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who lives within and guides Christians so they are enabled to live godly lives. (John 14:15-26; John 16:5-16; Ephesians 1:13-14)
- We believe in eternal life, and that through belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, we spend eternity with the Lord in Heaven. We believe that in rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we receive eternal suffering in hell. (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, and that all believers are members of His body, the Church. (Philippians 2:1-4)
- We believe that God created all human beings in His image. Therefore, we believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; that we must honor the physical and spiritual needs of all people; following Christ’s example, we believe that every person should be treated with love, dignity, and respect. (Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1)
Who we Serve
- Church Ministries – This program is designed to be scaled up to serving as a small group tool for large, multicampus churches to a sponsor/sponsee couple wishing to enhance their discipleship growth. While churches of all sized can use the Dunamis Effect, our first primary focus will be mid-sized churches with congregations of 200-1000 members. These churches have enough people suffering from addiction to require a robust ministerial response but frequently lack resources for other programs that require a larger infrastructure. There are approximately 120,000 American churches in this category.
- Medical Professionals – Addiction is a frequent problem in counseling and medical practices. The Dunamis Initiative will seek to actively educate and provide resources to Christian physicians and other medical providers, Christian counselors and chaplains, and rehab facilities that have or seek to add a Christian track.
The Bio/Psycho/Social/Spiritual model is the most widely used treatment model in addiction medicine at this time. It addresses the complexities of this disease and provides a structure for a way to provide comprehensive care. While these professionals have the skills to negotiate any needed medical and psychiatric medical care, or the most appropriate psychological approach, they also know that complete, holistic recovery requires joining a group or groups with a Biblical worldview and a focus on mentoring those seeking relief.
Providing them with education and another resource to refer their patients to is a welcome tool. Identifying those in the community who have a heart for addiction care and Christ will allow a symbiotic referral relationship for both the church and the providers.
- Prison Ministries – Few populations have a higher penetration of addiction than those convicted of crime. In a recent study, the National Institute of Health states that 85% of the incarcerated population had a substance use disorder. Those who work in Christian Prison Ministry negotiate numerous issues, but addiction healing is a very common need. Offering Christian Recovery materials to their rehabilitation can only be of benefit in promoting their re-entry into civil society. We wish to actively support these ministries with education and written materials in their quest to reunite these men and women with civil society and the body of Christ.
- Veterans and Active Military – Trauma, extraordinary stress, and potential for moral harm put those who serve in the United States military at the highest risk for disordered use of chemicals and behaviors to self-soothe. This risks not only their health and relationships but threatens disciplinary separation from their branch of service. We see a great opportunity to serve those who have served us and wish to support ministries that love these current and retired warriors. VA hospitals and medical groups and the chaplains who serve them will be sought out and supported in any way possible.