Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 67, Issue 4, pp 443–452 | Cite as

The Lazarus Project and Grace Ministries: The Role of Religious Nonprofits in Addressing Personal and Social Problems

  • Ines W. JindraEmail author


This review essay of Williamson and Hood’s (2016) Psychology and Spiritual Transformation in a Substance Abuse Program: The Lazarus Project examines spiritual transformation in the context of substance abuse and homelessness. The essay first tackles the question of whether change results mostly from individual spiritual transformation experiences or from the social surroundings the converts are part of, based on the author’s research on spiritual transformation and homelessness as well as Williamson and Hood’s work, and then it examines the debate surrounding the application of Foucault’s “technologies of the self” to programs that are similar to the Lazarus Project. The last part of the essay offers a few methodological suggestions for studies of similar projects.


Addictions Homelessness Spiritual transformation Religious conversion Recovery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Social WorkGordon CollegeWenhamUSA

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