Despite our best efforts to alleviate poverty, there are few communities we can identify that have made the journey from poverty to shalom. Why is the journey of transformation so difficult? Why does poverty persist?
Mission models that rob people of God-given dignity are the main problem. Mission models that create dependency and deepen poverty have become addictive for the affluent North American missioner. We have become ensnared in models that view people as projects rather than children of God.
There is hope of breaking free from our entangled state and beginning to see with new eyes. The twelve steps of alcoholics anonymous provide a pathway. Just as the twelve steps provide a way for the addict to experience a spiritual awakening, these same steps can provide a path for the missioner seeking shalom. North American missioners need a spiritual awakening if we hope to journey with communities as they pursue shalom.
The twelve steps, applied to our addiction, may result in an awakening and the realization of shalom.
Join us in support of First Stop and welcome our John Bailey author of Mission Rehab: Twelve Steps to Recovery for the Mission Addict.
Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Thursday, August 22
Doors Open at 6:00pm
VIP reception at 5:30pm
Table for 8 - $500
Executive Table $1000
Includes Premium Seats + VIP Suite & Wine Reception + Recognition
Individual Seat - $70
John Bailey is a Deacon in the North Alabama Conference of the UMC. For twelve years John served as a mission mobilizer in two large congregations in North Alabama. In this capacity John has overseen the distribution of millions of dollars given to missions and has facilitated hundreds of mission trips.
John is the author of Journey to a Better Way, a Wesleyan Perspective on Doing Mission Better. In addition to writing, John serves as a consultant with congregations in developing missional strategies and he leads seminars on capacity-building mission efforts. John is married to Laurel and they have two children.