Sunday, February 16, 2014

ACE Seminar March 14 and 15, 2014

You are invited to attend and support the upcoming ACE Seminar.
There are several ways to register:
* Click the photo, download, print and mail it in
 * Scan the QR code to be directed to the registration site
 * Click this link to be directed to the registration site: ACE Seminar - March 14 & 15, 2015



 
 

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Classes in Feb 2014

Join our new ACE Overcomers classes beginning the first week of February. Monday Nights Faith-based classes 7:00-8:30pm @ Creekside E.V.Free church 2876 North G Street Merced, 95340, OR Tuesday Nights Community Classes 7-8:30pm @ First Baptist Church 500 Buena Vista Dr,. Merced 95340. Twelve sessions. Please register by calling (209) 617-4688.

Friday, February 15, 2013

We are growing.

Been away far too long from the blog. Working like a madman to prepare for some projects. Beginning late February, I will teach 3 hours a week at Yosemite High in Merced. Yosemite High is an alternative ed site for kids having a difficult time in regular high schools who just need a little more help or encouragement. University of California Merced will study the effectiveness of the program. This series of lessons will enable the students to better understand the connection between adversity in family life and the stress they feel. It uncovers why they have a difficult time concentrating and learning. The program hopes to help them practice self-regulation and learn how to make better decisions. Additionally, we will begin advertising the beginning of a new 12-week ACE Overcomers program. We will provide both faith-based and secular classes. Both classes will be studied by UC Merced for effectiveness. The involvement of UC Merced is the step needed for the ACE Overcomers program to be designated as "evidence-based". When a program becomes recognized as evidence-based, it becomes far more acceptable and can grow quicker. Over the past two years, I have heard testimony after testimony about the life-changing impact of ACE Overcomers. Soon we will have undeniable proof.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Appreciation Gathering

Come to the ACE Overcomers Appreciation Gathering Friday, September 21st 7-8pm at Gateway Community Church 353 E. Donna Dr, Merced 95340. Dessert & Coffee will be served. There is no charge. Hear testimonies how ACE Overcomers has helped people overcome childhood abuse and dysfunction. Catch a vision of how ACE Overcomers changes lives and heals families. Learn how you can partner with this unique and dynamic ministry. Please RSVP to aceovercomers@sbcglobal.net with how many will attend. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the Appreciation Gathering.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Leadership Training this Friday August 10th

After the last ACE Overcomers Leadership Seminar their were many requests for additional training. This Friday, August 10th we will meet at my home from 6:30-8:30pm. We will take the leader training to a new level. There is no cost. Light refreshments will be served. Call me at (209)617-4688 to register and to get directions. I'll be looking for you. Dave

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Perfectly Positioned to Minister to Those Suffering from Adverse Childhood Experiences- Part 1

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study of 1997 removed the veil of secrecy from the extent and effects of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. Since that time many articles have been written and programs have been instituted. A few states have risen to the challenge and implemented child abuse prevention programs and harsher punishments for abusers. The long-term effects of these measures have yet to be determined. One roadblock impeding these programs is the air of suspicion surrounding governmental agencies. Few of us feel comfortable when the government comes to inspect or oversee our private lives. One study noted the necessity of developing a “beneficial and acceptable intrusion” (Felitti, 2003, p. 10) into the closed realm of personal and family experience.  

The Church- A “beneficial and acceptable intrusion” Where can this “beneficial and acceptable intrusion” be found? Is there an organization that has demonstrable effectiveness and wide acceptation? The local church is perfectly positioned to minister in this closed realm. The effectiveness of church attendance in reducing drug abuse is demonstrated by a study which reported the reduction of the use of crack cocaine as church attendance increased, (Richard, A., Bell, D., & Carlson, J. (2000) p. 244) and that an increased church attendance was a significant predictor of reduction in drug and alcohol use. It was also noted that involvement in a religious moral community may protect recovering addicts from relapse. In addition, the local church is an authoritative community. A recent study identifies an authoritative community as groups of people who are committed to one another over time and who model and pass on at least part of what it means to be a good person and live a good life. (Commission on Children at Risk., Institute for American Values., YMCA of the USA., & Dartmouth Medical School. (2003) p.14). Of all authoritative communities, the local church influences a greater number and a more varied age group of people than any other. The local church is accessible and accepted at nearly any time and on any occasion. There is an ongoing relationship that lends itself to accountability and encouragement. There are many church-based programs that are doing a commendable job helping people overcome addiction. Celebrate Recovery, Reformers Unanimous, Salvation Army and other programs are helping addicts and alcoholics reclaim their lives. However, for the victims of adverse childhood experiences there are few, if any programs tailored for their needs. This lack of programs is an open door for the church to reach a vast number of hurting people within our sphere of influence.  

ACE Overcomers equips churches to minister to those overcoming a difficult childhood. Bible principles are integrated with solid science to produce a powerful, unique ministry you can have confidence in. Call Dave Lockridge at (209) 617-4688 for information.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Seminar Registration

Use THIS LINK (also listed below) to register for the upcoming ACE Overcomers seminar:

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ag5pe6jab&oeidk=a07e5zz8nitbb9c4f19

Humbly,
ACE Team

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ministry Seminar 2012

Here is a printable flyer advertising the next Training Seminar for ACE Overcomers.  You are cordially invited to participate with us--to join in and be a part of--in learning more about this live-saving/life-changing ministry.  Feel free to get the word out and let others know. 

Maybe you have a church near you that would like to host this Bible study.  Come and see what it's all about.  Feel free to let your ministry team know about it.


DATE: Saturday, July 14, 2012
TIME: 9:00 - 3:00 (Registration at 8:00 am)
LOCATION: Yosemite Church of Merced, CA
2230 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced, CA 95340
COST: $50.00 includes Leaders Notebook and Lunch

For more information please call Dave Lockridge at (209) 617-4688.

Joyfully,
ACE Ministry Team

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Twelve-Year-Old Forced to Wear Diaper

A twelve-year-old was recently humiliated by her mother in public.  That may sound normal to many. However, this particular situation was very wrong.  The young girl's head was shaved and she was paraded around in public in a diaper.  You can read more about it here.


Friends, continue to partner with us as we pick up the pieces of shattered lives.  Pray for the Gospel-advancing work of ACE Overcomers.  And pray that the cycle of abuse stops.

Humbly,
ACE Team