impacts you—

even if you aren’t an addict. Addiction is just as prevalent in our churches as it is in our community. It impacts all of us. Start the conversation about addiction recovery by participating in Recovery Sabbath at your church. Recovery Sabbath is November 12, 2022.

Available resources


Use the video recording to play the sermon during your worship service.  Run time is 39 minutes.


This script is available to anyone who would like to present this sermon at your church.


This presentation is available to anyone who would like to present the sermon at your church.

Recognizing the impact addiction has on our community
and what we can do to help.

How to participate
in Recovery Sabbath:


Talk to your pastor about designating your church’s Nov. 12, 2022 worship service to discuss Recovery ministry.


Download the Recovery Sabbath sermon resources to present on Nov. 12, 2022.

Jump to Resources


On Nov. 12, play the sermon video during your church’s worship service, or present it with the script and PowerPoint provided.


David Sedlacek

He received his master’s and doctorate in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in the field of addiction. He has worked in the field of addiction for nearly 50 years in various capacities, including director of the Salvation Army Harbor Light Detoxification Center, director of a 32-bed inpatient rehabilitation center, and director of a treatment center in a nursing home. He counseled addicts in the following settings: corrections, inner city, adolescent aftercare, chaplaincy, and outpatient primary treatment. He taught about addictions in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron. He is a national and international trainer for Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) and is currently Coordinator of the NAD ARMin program. He is active in Journey to Wholeness, the Christ-Centered 12-step recovery program of the Seventh-day Adventist church.


Recovery Sabbath

You may wish to include the following components:

  • A 12-Step Sabbath School Lesson Study
  • Worship Service with a Christ-centered recovery sermon
  • Fellowship Dinner
  • Afternoon workshop on “The 12 Steps,” “How the Program Works” or related
  • Victory concert

The Journey to Wholeness (JTW) program is a Christian 12-step recovery program developed by the Adventist Church.  Through the trainings, resources, and networking provided, your community can be a safe place for people to experience healing from their addictions and experiences of trauma.  Host a Journey Group at your church or school to help them walk this journey through the healing power of Christ.