In the News: The Daybreak Fellowship


[caption id="attachment_1540" align="alignleft" width="300"]BenFloyd Ben Floyd of The Daybreak Fellowship (from Asheville Citizen-Times)[/caption]               [This article appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times on February 6, 2015. ┬áDale Neal, writer; Katie Bailey, photographer] What alcoholics can teach the church Ben Floyd makes no secret of a story he's often shared in church basements. Drinking and drugging at age 12. Never a DUI or a stay in jail, but no stranger to despair. On Nov. 3, 1999, Floyd started yet another day with vodka and orange juice and few bong hits. It was 10 a.m., a typical morning. "Within five minutes I was rolling on the ground, struggling, calling for help. It was the first time I reached out for help. It was God doing for me what I couldn't do for myself." At age 26, he headed to Atlanta and sobered up at a rehab center. Now Floyd, 42, is sharing his story from the pulpit of a church chapel. Conversion stories are not uncommon, running from the biblical account of Paul on the Damascus Road to the share often heard in meetings of 12 Step recovery groups. Floyd heads Daybreak Fellowship, a new faith community that borrows some ideas from Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step recovery groups that have helped millions of alcoholics, addicts, gamblers, overeaters and other troubled souls turn their lives around. Based at Central United Methodist Church downtown, Daybreak is trying to bring the language of recovery into a worship setting, offering hope and healing for not just alcoholics and addicts but anyone with deep pain. Read the entire article at the Asheville Citizen-Times

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


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