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:
SEXUAL ADDICTION RECOVERY GROUP:
- For any Anglican Clergyperson who is struggling with any sexually related addiction.
A-Z ADDICTION GROUP:
- 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.
CLERGY WIVES SUPPORT GROUP:
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.