August 16-17, 2019

$85 (includes snacks and light breakfast)
Refunds, less 10%, are given if canceled by August 1; after August 1, refunds are not available.

Who should attend? Anyone interested in learning a biblical approach to substance abuse, including:

  • ACBC Certified Counselors
  • Medical Professionals
  • Pastors and Ministry Leaders
  • Teachers
  • Parents

Why attend?

  • The reliance on opioids has led to the worst drug crisis in American history, and it is not getting better, but we have light to shine in the darkness (Isa. 61:1-2a).
  • Every day more than 130 people die in the US from an opioid overdose!
  • On average, 292 calls for overdoses are responded to monthly in Jacksonville, and the number has increased by 30% since 2016 and is still rising.

Does God’s Word have answers for this crisis? Yes!

  • Mark Shaw, Founder of The Addiction Connection and Director of Grace Fellowship in Kentucky, will show how to utilize a genuinely biblical approach in serving people with addictions and the hope that is in the gospel for radically changing lives.
  • The presentation will also include a section on "addiction proof" parenting.


Dr. Mark Shaw Dr. Mark Shaw Dr. Mark E. Shaw is the Founder of The Addiction Connection. He and his wife, Mary, have four children and celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year. He serves as the Director of Counseling at Grace Fellowship Church in the northern Kentucky / Cincinnati area. His certifications include Indiana’s CADAC II certification, and biblical counseling certification with ACBC and IABC.

He enjoys writing and is the author of over 20 published works including:

  • The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective
  • Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies
  • Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts
  • Cross Talking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts
  • How Not to Raise an Addict: Biblical Prevention Strategies
  • Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart.

Desiring to connect with and equip those on the front lines of addictions counseling, Dr. Shaw gathered together a leadership team and launched a relationally connected group of like-minded biblical addictions counselors known as The Addiction Connection (TAC). The leaders of TAC facilitate Training and Commissioning, Addiction Resourcing, and Community for those who are interested in utilizing a genuinely biblical approach to serve people with addictions. Surging interest in TAC is spreading across the USA and even internationally now. Find out more at

Dr. Shaw’s passion can be summarized as follows: to glorify God through making disciple-makers by speaking the truth in love, seeing God fulfill Ephesians 4:11-16 in churches locally to globally.

Ernie Baker Dr. Ernie Baker Ernie has the privilege of serving as Pastor of Counseling and Discipleship at First Baptist of Jacksonville where he helps oversee pastoral care and The Grace Center for Biblical Counseling.

He received his M.Div. from Capital Bible Seminary, and his D.Min. in Pastoral Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Baker has been in ministry since 1980. Twenty-five of these years were spent in pastoral ministry, which included training and equipping pastors and laymen in the skills of discipleship counseling and conciliation before serving as Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University and Seminary. He is thankful to return to pastoral ministry now.

He is a Certified Conciliator with The Institute for Christian Conciliation and teaches a number of conflict resolution courses along with doing conciliation. He is also a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, a Council Board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. At The Master’s University and Seminary, he oversees the on-line Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree and serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate degrees at the University and seminary. It has been his privilege to teach biblical counseling and conciliation in numerous foreign countries.

Ernie is the author of: Marry Wisely, Marry Well; a blueprint for personal preparation (Shepherd Press); Help! I’m in a Conflict (Shepherd Press); contributing author to Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (Harvest House); Scripture and Counseling, God’s Word for Life in a Broken World (Zondervan); Men Counseling Men (Harvest House); Biblical Counseling and the Church, God’s Help Through God’s People (Zondervan); What Happened in the Garden, the Reality and Ramifications of the Fall (Kregel) and numerous journal and magazine articles.


Friday, August 16
4:30-5:30 PM Registration
5:30-6:30 PM Session 1
The Hope of the Gospel and the Heart of Addiction
6:45-7:45 PM Session 2
The Tools of Idolatry and Addiction
8:00-9:00 PM Session 3
Addiction in Plain Sight
Saturday, August 17
7:30-8:30 AM Light Breakfast
8:30-9:30 AM Session 4
Biblical Insights into Addiction
9:45-10:45 AM Session 5
Understanding Temptation
11:00 AM-12:00 PM Session 6
Understanding Temptation: Activity
12:00-1:30 PM Lunch Break
A list of area restaurants will be provided.
1:30-2:30 PM Session 7
Dealing with Stubborn Desires through Superior Worship
2:45-3:45 PM Session 8
Addiction-Proof Parenting: The Mind of an Addict
4:00-5:00 PM Session 9
Transformational Addiction Counseling