Our facility is faith based. We believe that genuine repentance and healing though Christ Jesus are the two most important parts of wholeness and healing. Our process is comprised of three “phases”: The 12-month initial program (we call it a process), “Servant Leadership Training” (SLT), which is a voluntary second year commitment for those who may feel called to serve others in addiction ministry, or for those who just feel that they may need more time/more healing than they received in the initial process, and “On the Job Training” (OJT), which comes upon completion of SLT, for those who feel called to stay on and serve in a teaching/staff capacity.
Phase 1- The 12-month “process”
We have two primary teaching tools for men who enter our facility. The first is the PFL (Primed for Life) book. PFL is an introductory class that usually lasts from 4-6 weeks, depending on the man’s attitude and willingness. During this time, the man will be exposed to some basic information about the nature of addiction and necessities of recovery. He will also be taught basic Christian principles of respect, adherence to rules and respect for authority. He will learn to journal and communicate with the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit. During this time, the man will be taught about the need for accountability and will be expected to develop a spirit of humility and repentance which can then lead to change.
Upon successful completion of the PFL class, the man will then move on to the Moral Reconnation Therapy (MRT) part of our process. MRT is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment-resistant clients. As long as clients’ judgments about right and wrong are made from low levels of moral reasoning, counseling them, training them in job skills, and even punishing them will have little long-lasting impact on their behavior. They must be confronted with the consequences of their behavior and the effect that it has had on their family, friends and community. Poor moral reasoning is common within at-risk populations.
MRT addresses beliefs and reasoning. It is a systematic, step-by-step group counseling treatment approach for treatment-resistant clients. The program is designed to alter how clients think and make judgments about what is right and wrong. The MRT system approaches the problem of treating resistant populations as a problem of low levels of moral reasoning. Moral reasoning represents how a person makes decisions about what he or she should or should not do in a given situation.
This Process is 8 – 10 months depending on a person’s motivation.
Leadership Development- As Christian men we are called to be leaders- at home, in our churches, and in our workplaces. Leadership development is a big part of what we do here at Mighty Man Ministry. As a man progresses through the process and beyond, he is taught how to become an effective, Godly leader. We believe that this is a vital aspect of not only the man’s recovery process, but for that of his family as well.
Phase 2- Servant Leadership Training (SLT)
SLT is a voluntary 12-month commitment that is available to men who have graduated the 12-month process. SLT is offered for men who either feel compelled to serve in addiction ministry, or who may simply feel that for any number of reasons they need more time and healing before they return home. During SLT a man is given more responsibility and is taught the true meaning of Christian service. SLT is about giving back and serving the men in the process. By this time there is expected to have been significant change in a man’s life sufficient to help others who are struggling. In SLT the men are given the opportunity to teach classes and assume more authority and responsibility. As leadership allows, there is more opportunity for communication with family and time spent together to further heal broken relationships. In SLT a man’s leadership roles are further developed and he learns to “lead the leaders”.
Phase 3- On the Job Training (OJT)
OJT is a voluntary 12-month commitment after SLT for those who feel called to serve in addiction ministry. In OJT a man is expected to have learned and implemented solid Christian principles into his life and is an example to the other men of what the healing power of Jesus Christ can do with a submitted and committed heart. There is an even greater level of responsibility placed on a man in OJT and he is expected to be developing future leaders under him by the principles which he has been taught in his own development.