Eighth annual MCMC conference set for July 28-29

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

The Montgomery County Men for Christ will celebrate its eighth conference July 28-29. The Friday event, hosted by First United Methodist Church, 212 E. Wabash Ave., is free and will run 7-9 p.m. All are invited and child care is provided.

The Saturday session, which is free as well, is an outdoor, men’s only event from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Kevin and Jill Parker, 867 Walnut Hills. Men of all ages are encouraged to bring their Bibles and lawn chairs. Darilicious will provide a free lunch.

The conference this year focuses on the question, “So Now What?” This question arises particularly in light of the recent billboard and statistics indicating that Montgomery County is ranked 9 of 92 most at risk population for opioid abuse.

Conference leaders agree with the hash‐tag on the billboard that “This Ranking Matters” but also understands the drug use in our county is an evident symptom of one’s need for Christ in their life versus a needle. As leaders in a county that is a leader in heroin use, we get to be on the front line regarding the symptoms that point to the need for Jesus. Drugs, money, porn and the many other idols, are symptoms that require the truth. Heroin is being injected on the billboard, but what goes in the heart comes out. And if Jesus is not in us, the wrong god is (Matthew 6:21).

Author and Pastor Mark Shaw will speak to the epidemic that has befallen the nation and in particular Montgomery County.

Shaw and his wife, Mary, relocated to Indiana from Alabama in 2013 in order for him to lead Vision of Hope (women’s residential treatment) and Safe Haven (one family transitional housing home for those who have lost their home in a natural disaster, are fleeing domestic violence or have otherwise been displaced) in Lafayette. With over two decades of counseling experience working in a variety of settings, both secular and faith-based, Shaw has been addressing issues surrounding addictions of all types and supervising staff for many years. His experience in the biblical counseling field began in 2001 and he is a Certified Biblical Counselor (International Association of Biblical Counselors; Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Level 2) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Alabama Association of Drug and Alcohol Abuse).

He has written 20 published works including The Heart of Addiction; Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies; Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts; Eating Disorders; Addiction Proof Parenting; and Hope and Help for Self Injurers/Cutters. He also co-authored a chapter in Christ Centered Biblical Counseling (2013) and was co-editor of Paul, the Counselor (2014).

Shaw leads the ministries of Vision of Hope and Safe Haven, supervises staff and interns, regularly teaches residents in a classroom setting, and oversees the progress of each resident.

His passion is to train the local body of believers in biblical counseling and specifically, biblical addiction counseling.

Shaw’s intent is that all who attend the conference leave encouraged that there is great hope for those ensnared in addictions of any kind.