Back in 2009 God put a desire on my heart to expand our former recovery efforts. At the time we had one meeting and a little class on Sundays. Campus Church in Norcross was fully behind our efforts, but we had to find a name for it.
So I asked about a dozen people to pray for wisdom and a name that had impact. After awhile God spoke to my heart again, saying he did not care what the name ended up being just make sure the cross was in it. Thus the name Across The Bridge came to be and through it flows a myriad of meanings. sermons and a change of life.
We connect folks to each other and God Across That Bridge bringing them out of darkness and into the light. We connect all the recovery places to us and to others, and we provide a complete menu of every kind of meeting imaginable so that we see folks multiple times during the week. We are not only a bridge to hope but also that bridge to a relationship with Christ.
Last month 2351 people interacted with us through 47 meetings - 8 people picked up one year or multiple recovery medallions. To date we have baptized 50 beautiful souls this year and added wonderful partnerships that have expanded what we can provide. That's a far cry from 15-20 people a week prior to that change and us going out on our own as a non-profit. There's a reason why that is.
It is so simple when others are trying to make it so complex. If the cross is in what you do, if God speaks his words to us through his Holy Spirit in that endeavor, then it is blessed in enormous ways. Doesn't mean we are perfect, doesn't mean we listen always, but it does mean that in all adversity and prosperity we look to that cross for the answers whatever God has for us.
Going Across That Bridge means standing on the promises of God more than your Strategic Plan, because when he tells us to pivot we cannot be locked into our own plans and will, it must follow his. Some business folk have a problem with this but what I have found in these last three years of growth is that God doesn't because as it says in Step 11:
Praying only for the knowledge of his will, and the power to carry it out. Working pretty good so far, I think we will let Him decide what's next!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.