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Sexual addiction recovery groups

Knowing that clergy who struggle with addictions are often isolated and afraid to admit their problem for fear of what they may lose, the Daniel Leadership Institute’s Clergy Leadership Academy has created two Christ-centered, 12-Step groups that are SAFE and ANONYMOUS:


  • For any Anglican Clergyperson who is struggling with any sexually related addiction.


  • For any Anglican Clergyperson who is struggling with an addiction other than sexually related from “A-Z” such as chemical dependency, codependency, food, shopping, or any number of other addictions.


  • Wives have a unique role to play in their husbands’ sobriety, to center ourselves in God’s presence and pray our husbands receive the gift of sobriety God has to offer. Doing this alone is too hard for most of us, but together we can heal, grieve, and thrive. In this group, the wives of clergy who are sexually addicted will find support and encouragement. This group will meet weekly to talk about their unique situations, and how to bring their minds into alignment with God’s thoughts and actions, concentrating on the three C’s: I didn’t CAUSE this. I can’t CONTROL this. I can’t CURE this (but God can!).  All this is done in anonymity.

Meet Chris and Jennifer Goers

Christ and Jennifer separately came to Christ in their teenage years, Jennifer through church camp and youth events and Chris through Young Life. Chris eventually became a minister at an Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX, where he met and married Jennifer, who became a minister along with him. An education from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada, complimented their desire to reach those far from God through service and community. Chris was ordained to the priesthood in June of 2006. From 2009-2012, he served in Mobile, AL as Rector of Holy Spirit Anglican Church and eventually was accepted as a priest in the newly formed Anglican Church in North America.

Being a part of the community in East Dallas helped Chris and Jennifer see that many are so far away from walking into a church, and that Christians need to walk out and invite people into their homes and their lives. This is how they formed Shared Life Community Church. Through this work, God led them to others who were in need of freedom from Pornography and Sex Addiction. Chris and Jennifer formed groups and a community of families who support each other as they live into the freedom God bought them through Jesus. In addition, both Chris and Jennifer have spent 2019-2022 gaining professional training in counseling to enhance their work in this area. 

"I've struggled with addiction to lust and pornography most of my life. While in seminary, I was confronted with my sin and began to see that I was an addict. With the help of this fellowship, working the steps of the AA tradition, and surrendering my will and life to the triune God of Scripture, I am walking in recovery one day at a time. If you feel powerless over lust, and life is overwhelming and unmanageable, come and join us in the virtual church basement of our clergy care groups. You do not have to walk this path alone."
Participant 1
"I have struggled with an addiction to pornography for 25 years and been in honest confession around it for 20 years. But in the past two years of my life, the Holy Spirit has brought deeper levels of healing and greater freedom to me. Through both discipleship and our weekly Clergy Recovery Group, I am experiencing sobriety for lengths of time I never believed possible."
Participant 2