Dr. David Stevens chats with Ben Cort about recovery, prevention, and harm reduction which comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Also, Market Place Missions/Remedy Missions Conference Speaker, Larry McCrary discusses church planting.

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Ben Cort

Ben Cort

Individual Interview Location within the program: 2:20

Ben Cort’s passion for recovery, prevention and harm reduction comes from his own struggle with substance abuse. Sober since June 15, 1996, Ben has been a part of the recovery community in almost every way imaginable. From a recipient to a provider to a spokesperson, he has a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized. In 2007 Ben left his position as a Human Resources director to help start the Colorado-based non-profit, Phoenix Multisport (PM). As an original board member and then their first full-time employee, Ben was instrumental in building this organization that has received frequent national recognition for their innovative approach to building sober communities around sport and healthy activities. Ben joined the drug policy conversation at the national level in 2012 after leaving PM to be a part of the “No on 64” Campaign. Following the passage of A64, he has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) as well as NALGAP (the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Treatment Providers and their Allies). Ben’s passion about the intersection of recovery and public policy makes him frequent guest in the media. Ben resigned from his position with the University of Colorado Hospital in January 2017 to focus on marijuana education and consulting inside of the substance use disorder treatment field. His first book, Weed, Inc., was released in September 2017.

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Larry McCrary, DMin

Individual Interview Location: 30:00

Larry McCrary, DMin began planting churches in the United States in 1991 and was subsequently part of eight church plants. After serving with the North America Mission Board, SBC for a time in the area of church planter assessment, he and his family moved to Western Europe in late 2001 and served in both Spain and Germany with IMB. He has worked in the areas of church planting and mission strategy among Europeans, as well in leading efforts among engaging immigrants and refugees who now live in Europe. Larry is a missional entrepreneur. In 2008 he co-founded The Upstream Collective, a non-profit devoted to helping churches learn how to engage people with the gospel at home and in other cultures. He also founded The Skybridge Community, a global network helping marketplace professionals live strategically as salt and light wherever they are. He has two master’s degrees: one in theology and the other in Christian education. He also holds a Doctorate of Ministry in missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. As Director of Upstream, he loves helping churches find creative ways to engage in missional work in their neighborhoods and nations. Larry also serves as the Pastor of Sending for Sojourn East Church in Louisville, Kentucky overseeing local, national and international mission movements. Larry and his wife Susan have been married for 30 years. Susan is a teacher and has worked in a variety of teaching roles, both helping international people learn English and teaching at an international boarding school. Larry and Susan often speak together to churches and Christian organizations about raising a family in another culture. They have two third-culture kids of their own, Megan and Parker.

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