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Refuge: the story of the Hospital Church  

Refuge is a call to church leaders to transform their churches into places where people can tell their secrets and experience emotional and spiritual healing from the hurts of life.  Refuge tells the story of how the Hospital Church came into existence.  It also reveals the core values, principles, and processes by which any church can become a place of Help, Hope, and Healing.

 

Refuge is published by Kregel Press, out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is available at Amazon.com, Mardel.com, CBD.com or Barnesandnoble.com.

 

James has had the opportunity to carry the mission of the Hospital Church to places such as Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas, Texas, where Dr. Tony Evans is Senior Pastor.  James spoke at a conference at that church in 2009 along with Dr. Robert McGee, Dr. Frank Minirth of the famed Minirth-Meirer clinic in Dallas, Texas, and Dr. Tony Evans. James has since had the privilege of consulting with that church and their Director of Counseling, Guy Earle, about implementing this kind of strategy into their ministry.

 

In 2009 James spoke at the Group Life Conference of the Willow Creek Association in Chicago, Illinois, and that interview Refuge and the Hospital Church ministry was broadcast to satellite locations in America and around the globe. James also had the privilege of consulting with senior staff of Willow Creek Community Church, where Bill Hybels is Senior Pastor, about the core values of Hospital Church ministry.

 

An article about the Hospital Church appeared in The Willow Creek Association magazine and Bill Donahue, PhD., who was the group life director for the Willow Creek Community Church, wrote an article about  the Hospital Church which appeared in Rev Magazine in the Nov/Dec issue of 2009.

 

James has also written another book titled, The ABCs of Life Change for Every ChristianThe ABCs is a biblically based 12-step workbook for every Christian who desires life change in any area and wants to be more conformed to the image of Christ.  After The ABCs was finished, James revised the workbook to apply the principles to marriage. Several chapters, questions, and applications were added that applied specifically to couples .  It is titled, The ABCs of Life Change for Couples.

 

The ABCs of Life Change for Couples was field tested at Celebration Fellowship during the summer of 2009 when 12 couples went through it.  Now, literally hundreds of couples and singles have been through the workbooks and God has done amazing things in the lives of the participants.  Many churches around the country have begun to implement both The ABCs of Life Change and The ABCs of Life Change for Couples.

 

James feels that The ABCs of Life Change for Couples was really the reason that God launched him into a writing career, which he had never really considered before.  The opportunity to impact marriages in a positive way allows the Church to impact generations to follow.  In a culture where one-half of all marriages end in divorce, The ABCs of Life Change for Couples gives a church a biblical and practical strategy to have a ministry of restoration for broken marriages, as well as a ministry to keep strong marriages that are already doing well.

 

James is so committed to this strategy that he has committed to GO ANYWHERE, to ANY SIZE CHURCH, to consult, teach, and train churches in this strategy and to do so FREE OF CHARGE.  If you are interested in more information about this opportunity, you can go to James' website, www.jamesmreeves.com or email him directly here.