We feel that a relationship with Jesus Christ, strong community, and hard work are the basic keys to lasting life transformation. Jesus gave us two big commandments, to Love God and to Love Others. In Matthew 20:28, scripture says, “ For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others…”. We believe that healing truly comes from accepting Christ and letting his power transform us, surrounding ourselves with other believers who can encourage us, and then by working hard and serving others. With these principles, we do not teach men how to be sober, we teach men how to live life and live it to the fullest.
It has been our passion at M18 to integrate residential recovery into the local church. We feel that success comes from the body of Christ and the local church. Often times men and women go through successful recovery programs but have limited resources, life skills, and accountability to help them continue their walk in freedom when they get out. When this happens, relapse and falling away are more prone. To help defeat this problem, we want to provide men with life skills, knowledge of resources, and a strong church community where they can serve and be a part of something bigger. This allows the men to see a bigger picture and to have something to look forward too.
At M18 we are also passionate about reuniting families. We understand that addiction can destroy marriages and break a part families and relationships. By helping the men live a life fulfilled through Christ instead of for themselves, we want to provide the men an accurate description of what it really means to be a man. We want to help the men understand what it means to be a Husband, a Father, and a Son. In return, we want to provide family support to marriages and families that can teach biblical principles on how to put God in the center of marriage and family.
At M18 we will relentlessly pursue “the one”. It is our duty as the church to go after the lost. In the current climate of our society, one of the most fruitful mission fields to accomplish this task is through residential recovery. Every single person is important and every single person matters to God.
Meet the Team
Blake & Ashley Polston
Blake and Ashley love recovery. They have walked hand and hand with drug & alcohol addiction and have received freedom from their addiction through the power of Jesus Christ. They have a huge heart to help men and women walk in that same freedom that God desires. Blake served as an instructor at John 3:16 Ministries to help men find freedom in Christ and healing from Drug and Alcohol addiction. Currently, Blake and Ashley serve as Recovery Pastors for New Life Church. Blake and Ashley have both experienced the miracles that only Christ can do and it is their passion to share those miracles to each person they come across.