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The Addiction Connection (TAC) is a ministry outreach of Truth in Love (TIL) Ministries and operates under the oversight of the TIL Board of Directors and TIL Founder Dr. Mark E. Shaw.

The threefold purpose of TAC is found in our acronym:

T = TRAINING is provided for persons seeking to study what the Bible has to say about “addictions.” This training is designed to strengthen one’s personal walk with Christ and can be additionally utilized as foundational teaching in the pursuit of Commissioning with TAC (CTAC).

A = ADDICTION RESOURCES are listed for those seeking to find genuinely biblical programs, churches, and individual counselors. TAC strives to uphold truth so we evaluate programs, churches, and counselors giving them a score called the Word Connection Rating (WCR). Because not every “Christian” program practices and believes in the Scriptures in the same way, our goal is to list every program, church, or counselor on our site with their WCR so that all Christians can be included with an honest evaluation of how they practice their counsel to those in the struggle with an addiction. In other words, TAC does not determine whether a program, church, or individual counselor is “Christian” or not (because that is not for us to decide); instead, TAC does evaluate the underlying philosophy of counseling to determine its approach to be genuinely biblical in both words and actions (see James 1:22) through the WCR.

We would like to list your organization, ministry, program, or church for free. We will list any that profess Christ and complete our application and WCR. There is no cost. However, the WCR must be posted for your organization to be listed on the Resource Page.

C = COMMISSIONING rather than the word “CERTIFICATION”. We prefer the word commissioning, and our process is intentionally a relational disciple-making process in order to best assess and help strengthen those who are seeking to be genuinely biblical in their approach to “addiction.” It is not meant to be a purely academic and educational pursuit but an intimate disciple-making opportunity more along the lines of how Jesus taught His disciples.

Here’s what we believe:

We believe the Word of God and the Holy Spirit are sufficient to address issues of the heart. In Acts 4:11-12, (ESV) Peter finished his public proclamation that there is only One True higher power providing newness of life: “…This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

The TAC leadership team seeks to see people transformed by the grace and power of Christ alone. We believe the common man is who God uses to advance His Kingdom for His glory alone similar to what occurred in Acts 4:13-14, (ESV): “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.”

Our desire is for God to transform lives by the power of the Holy Spirit working with the ultimate source book, the Bible, through uneducated, common men and women who love Jesus and are instruments in His Hands. You do not need a seminary degree to be a part of The Addiction Connection. You do need a Bible. God uses His children as the body of Christ expressed in the local church to transform an addict’s life both in this life and in the eternal life to come.

If you would like us to list your program or church ministry on our website, contact today to start that simple process.

If you would like to be listed as an individual biblical counselor on our website, contact today to start the longer process of commissioning through relational, disciple-making (note: we are not emphasizing academics but training).


TAC’s Unique, Relational, Disciple-Making Commissioning Process:

Our desire is to get to know you on a personal level. We are very interested in quality relationships. We are more interested in making disciples than in quickly running people through the commissioning process. Upon acceptance into TAC’s TRAINING and Commissioning program, you will be assigned two Disciple-Makers who will walk with you through the essentials of a genuinely biblical approach to “addiction” ministry. Again, we seek to follow Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:18-20 to make disciples who will in turn make more disciples of Christ. In other words, our focus is to make disciple-makers who will make disciples — thereby fulfilling the Great Commission. Our team will assist you in being more like Jesus in balancing the grace and truth of John 1:14 in order to see lives transformed by Jesus. We look forward to partnering with you for God’s glory!

Introduce yourself to us Today!

We want to meet you. Our desire is to help as many Christians as possible fulfill their calling to offer hope and help to those struggling with life-dominating “addictions.” Let’s join together in this vital Kingdom work of “Connecting the Hope of the Gospel With the Heart of Addiction.”

Introduce yourself to us by emailing or by calling 205-910-0085. We look forward to getting to know you.

You can also use this CONTACT US form.