Agenda

Thank you for attending BJU Seminary's Conference, “Breaking Chains–Building Disciples!” In order to help you review the material in the days ahead you will find below downloadable PDFs of the printed handouts and of the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations when they used one. We trust this material will help you in the days ahead as you minister to those enslaved to life-dominating sins and stubborn habits.

Please let us know how we can better serve you here at BJU Seminary. May God bless you.

Jim Berg
BJU Seminary Conference Coordinator

Tuesday, Nov. 8

7:45 p.m.

Session 1

Expanding Your Church’s Vision — Lee Ormiston

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The communities and neighborhoods around our churches are filled with hurting people. Many of their lives and families have been touched—and in many cases, destroyed—by chemical addictions and destructive habitual behaviors. The Gospel has answers, but how can a church penetrate the darkness with the life-giving and liberating truths of Christ?

To open this conference, Dr. Lee Ormiston (pastor of Family Baptist Church in the inner-city of Minneapolis, Minn.) will describe how God has used his congregation to reach out to the hurting and addicted in its neighborhood. The testimony of the transforming power of the Gospel has been so great that even secular groups trying to help the same people have turned to Family Baptist Church for instruction on how people can have lasting change.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

8:00–9:00 a.m.

Session 2

A Theology of Addiction — Greg Mazak

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What do the Scriptures really say about finding freedom from life-dominating sins? Why should we reject the world’s disease model of addiction? Why must we reject AA’s twelve steps? What is going on in the human heart that makes men and women turn to addictive substances and behaviors? Is change through the sanctification process adequate for helping men and women addicted to drugs (including alcohol and tobacco) and to destructive behaviors?

As always, the Scriptures are sufficient to provide the answers. Dr. Greg Mazak, chairman of the division of psychology of Bob Jones University, professor of biblical counseling, and pastor of Trinity Bible Church in Greer, S.C., will address these issues from the Bible.

9:45–10:45 a.m.

Workshops (45 minutes)
  • Knowing Your Drugs — John Gardner (Travelers Rest Sheriff’s office)
    Stratton Hall
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  • Ministering to the Sexual Addict — Jason Ormiston
    Levinson Hall
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  • Addiction Proofing Your Children — Dan Olinger
    War Memorial Chapel
  • Addressing Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors (cutting, gambling, eating disorders, etc.) — Jim Berg
    Founder's Memorial Amphitorium
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11 a.m.

Session 3

Discipling Addicts — Lee Ormiston

Founder's Memorial Amphitorium

Working with men and women whose lives are dominated by sinful patterns and addictions requires more intense ministry approaches—more discipleship, more accountability, more intervention, more patience, more encouragement, more teaching, and more love. It also requires more personal fellowship with God, more grace from God, more intercession, and a more robust understanding and use of the Word.

Dr. Ormiston whose pastoral ministry reaches addicts, prostitutes, and gangs will challenge God’s people on how to become equipped to minister to some of society’s most lonely and hurting people.

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Session 4

Preparing Your Congregation — Rusty Smith

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As a pastor with a long-standing ministry to addicts, Rusty Smith will present the mindset that needs to be developed within the church leadership and in the pews to have an effective outreach into the community. The challenges presented to the church by broken families and unstable individuals can be overwhelming if the church is not prepared and willing to minister to those “not like us.” Pastor Smith will also testify that the joys of this kind of ministry are unsurpassed as well.

3:00–4:00 p.m.

Session 5

Working with Family Members of Addicts — Larry Pierson

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Every family in our communities is touched in some way by addictions. Addiction ministries are the contemporary parallels to the bus ministries of years past. A ministry to addicts is the way into many homes within our communities.

Addicts leave a wake of hurting family members–spouses, parents, and children–who need the ministry of the Word and personal encouragement to deal with their own unique challenges. Larry Pierson has spent much of his adult life ministering to addicts and their families and will offer effective counsel for working with the collateral damage created by the addict in his home.

7:30–8:30 p.m.

Session 6

The Physiology of Habituation and Addiction — Dan Borkert

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While the draw for any God-replacing dependency initiates from within the human heart itself, our choices often result in bodily changes, especially where a mood-altering chemical is involved. Those physical changes introduce significant challenges to the discipleship process requiring more understanding, more patience, and often, more intervention on the part of the disciple-maker.

Dr. Dan Borkert is a family practitioner who will present those challenges and their solutions from the perspective of a seasoned medical doctor and experienced biblical counselor.

Thursday, Nov. 10

8:30–10:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion on Starting a Local Church Ministry to Addicts
  • Larry Pierson — Director of Freedom That Lasts addiction ministry (FBC, Taylors, S.C.)
  • Rusty Smith — Pastor, Mikado Baptist Church, Macon, Ga.
  • Bob Benbrooks — Former addiction ministry director, Mikado Baptist Church, Macon, Ga.
  • Winn Freeman — Director, Wisdom in Living Life Ministry
  • Lee Ormiston — Pastor, Family Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Dan Borkert — Medical doctor and biblical counselor

11 a.m.

Session 7

Addiction Proofing Your Own Soul — Mark Minnick

Founder's Memorial Amphitorium

No one is immune from the life-dominating effect of habitual sin, especially when we live in a culture that promotes the love of pleasure. Every believer must “take heed lest he fall.” If not, the life-guard attempting to rescue the drowning swimmer perishes as well.

Dr. Minnick, seminary professor at BJU and pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., will wrap up the conference with an admonition for every believer to be more circumspect about the world around him and more wholehearted about his love for Jesus Christ.