School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Addictions, Biblical Recovery, Discipleship, Fasting, Great Commission, Recovery Ministry
Christianity | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Nichols, Richard, "Dirty Discipleship: The Essential Nature of Recovery Ministry in Fulfilling the Great Commission" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1390.
Christians are commanded to bear one another’s burdens with the specific purpose of restoring them in fellowship with God and others. One of the greatest areas of slavery in America is found within issues related to abuse, abandonment, and addictions. Recovery ministries seek to help people who have been broken by these issues. The Great Commission commands believers to make disciples of every nation. Recovery ministry is discipleship in the hardest areas of life and is dirtier and messier than many Christians wish to get. The purpose of this project is to present the need for every church to be involved in the dirty discipleship of recovery ministry, discover the reasons why some churches and Christians do not support recovery ministry, and present a supplement recovery ministry that focuses more on redemption and freedom from strongholds rather than behavior management.