Celebrating the Public “Re-Birth” of Celebrate Recovery
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 2nd, marks an exciting milestone at Wellspring. A core team of committed leaders will be re-launching Celebrate Recovery at 7:00 PM in The Space. Celebrate Recovery has made an important mark upon our ministry over the years; and now after a year of re-grouping and re-focusing in smaller, intensive step studies, the large group open meeting is once again open for business!
I am personally excited about this re-launch for several reasons. CR has helped to change the face of our ministry over the years, one story of recovery at a time. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, Bible-based 12-step program of recovery from a variety of hurts, habits and hang-ups. One of its key differences from traditional 12-step programs is its higher perspective mentality of establishing the recover-er’s identity in Christ rather than in their problem, addiction or dysfunction. Another is anchoring the spiritual disciplines of the 12 steps and the accountability of a community of recovery in biblical truth, where they actually began years ago before many AA programs effectively became secularized.
I have said many times that every believer is either in recovery or in denial. We all need to recover from sin–either our own sin, or the effects of others’ sin sown into our lives. The world we live in is broken and we all experience that brokenness. That is why Jesus came to redeem us. And the culture we live in is especially broken and disintegrating around us. CR helps establish a culture of hope, healing, and accountability for one’s own life and journey. It is not a perfect program, but it is an effective ministry. It works if you work it!
So let me celebrate a public “re-birth” of Celebrate Recovery here at Wellspring. My thanks to Mike Grady and Dan Rouleau and the team of leaders around them who have not let go of the vision of CR and who are giving themselves to serve those of us with hurts, habits and hang-ups. You may want to come and check out the meetings; you may want to invite a friend to join you whom you could encourage in this ministry of recovery. I refer you to this informative article which will give you more details about the ministry.
Blessings, Pastor Rick