The Silent Epidemic and the Church: Ministering in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis – An Interview with Steve Arterburn

Episode #737
February 22, 2022
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A crisis that can get overshadowed by COVID, but is plaguing our communities is the opioid epidemic. Opioids and other addictions are destroying individuals, families, and communities. What role does the church play in bringing help and hope amidst such a destructive force? How can churches step into this space and bring Christ’s healing and freedom to people who are enslaved by their addictions? On today’s episode, Thom talks to Steve Arterburn about this crisis and how churches can help.

  • Stephen Arterburn is the founder and CEO of New Life Ministries–the nation’s largest faith-based broadcast, counseling, and treatment ministry–and is the host of the nationally syndicated “New Life Live!” daily radio program heard on over 180 radio stations nationwide. Steve is also the founder of the Women of Faith conferences, attended by over 3 million women.
  • Steve is also a nationally known public speaker and author. He is written over 60 books and is also the developer and editor of ten Specialty and Study Bibles including The Life Recovery Bible, which has sold over 3,000,000 copies. It is the 2nd all-time best-selling Study Bible at Tyndale.
  • Stephen serves as the Teaching Pastor at Northview Church in Carmel, Indiana where he resides with his wife, Misty, and their family.

1. Why did you start a ministry focused on reaching people who were in bondage from addiction?

2. What is the backstory for the Life Recovery Bible and what role do you see this Bible playing in people’s recovery journey?

3. Why is it important for the church to play a vital role in ministering to people and families who have been ravaged by addiction?

4. If a pastor or a church feels called to this ministry what should they be prepared for and how should they prepare?




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