Q: Is Celebrate Recovery for me?
Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with God’s purpose to mend our lives. Ask yourself:
- Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others?
- Is there something I wish I could live without?
- Is it time to crack my denial and admit I am not in control of my life?
- Do I have a painful habit or hang-up from which I need to be freed?
If you answered “yes” to any of these statements then we urge you to attend a Celebrate Recovery meeting to see if it is for you.
Q: What is Recovery?
In physical health, recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, habits and hang-ups are like an illness and using the tools of Celebrate Recovery we begin to move toward wholeness. Some might say from bondage to freedom in Christ. Others might say from self-reliance to faith in Christ.
Q: How do I get started?
Just show up! We meet at Lutheran Church of Hope at 5:45 pm in the Harbor for dinner. No pre-enrollment is necessary.
Q: Who started Celebrate Recovery?
John Baker started Celebrate Recovery with the main purpose of being able to talk about Jesus Christ as his Higher Power.
Q: Does it cost anything to attend?
Celebrate Recovery does not charge for this ministry. Free-will offerings are received on Monday evenings. Our Celebrate Recovery is self-supporting. Workbooks are utilized in the Step Studies and are available at the Resource Table on Monday evenings. Prices for these materials range from $6-$20.
Q: What is the format of a meeting?
From 5:45-6:15 pm there is dinner and time of fellowship. Next is a time for worship and announcements. A teaching or personal testimony is presented to the entire Celebrate Recovery group. At 7:30 pm there are gender-specific open issue groups that provide a format for open sharing. No one is required to participate in the personal sharing. At 8:30 pm the group meetings end and there is a time of coffee and fellowship with other attendees.
Q: What is the difference between AA and Celebrate Recovery?
The principle difference between AA (and other Twelve Step programs) and Celebrate Recovery is that Celebrate Recovery focuses on Jesus Christ as the true Higher Power and uses God's Word as the authority in relation to the Twelve Steps. The Twelve Steps have a Christian heritage as they were modeled after the Oxford Society (see the AA Story). In order to reach people who would be offended by Jesus or the church, AA focused on a Higher Power. But Celebrate Recovery's 8 Principles to the Road to Recovery tie the Twelve Steps to Jesus Christ's teachings known as the Beatitudes given in The Sermon on the Mount.
Q: Is Celebrate Recovery confidential?
Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. We have a saying that is repeated in every Large Group meeting: WHO you see here. WHAT you hear here. WHEN you leave here. STAYS HERE. Hear! Hear!
We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity. The guidelines/rules protect all of us from judgment and being “fixed”. In a “safe place” you can take off your “mask” and be real and honest without fear. You are 100% in control of when and how much you participate.
Q: Who are the leaders of CR?
The leaders of Celebrate Recovery are men and women who have gone through similar addictions, hurts, hang-ups and harmful behaviors and have been through this or a similar Recovery Program. The leaders are not counselors and do not offer any professional clinical advice. If professional advice is required, referrals may be made.
Q: Do I have to be a member of Lutheran Church of Hope to attend?
No, Celebrate Recovery is a ministry for anyone who is interested in a Christ centered recovery program that will enable them to recover from life’s hurts, hang-ups habits and addictions. There are attendees who are not members and/or do not attend Lutheran Church of Hope. You are welcomed by our loving fellowship of believers to visit with us for weekend worship.
Q: What are the rules in a small group?
To insure confidentiality and anonymity the following five rules are followed at all times:
- RULE 1 – Your sharing is focused on your own thoughts and feelings and is limited to 3 – 5 minutes.
- RULE 2 – There is no cross talk. Cross talk is when two individuals engage in dialogue to the exclusion of others. Each person is free to express feelings without interruption.
- RULE 3 - We are here to support one another. We will not attempt to “fix” another.
- RULE 4 – Anonymity and confidentiality are essential requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group.
- RULE 5 – Offensive language has no place in a Christ- centered group.
Q: What is a Step Study?
The Step Study takes place on another night. Celebrate Recovery uses the Twelve Steps and its related Scripture as the biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey though each of these steps in a confidential group lead by a facilitator who has completed a study. We use Celebrate Recovery's four participants books. When you finish the study you will have worked your hurts, habits, and hang-ups through each step. A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. It will typically take 6 months to complete the study. After completing the Step Study, we hope you will join with us as we minister to others dealing with their hurts, habits and hang-ups. We do have guidelines for the groups that are strictly followed.
Q: Do I have to share?
In the Issue Groups, absolutely not...until you are ready. You can pass anytime you wish and for as long as it takes for you to become comfortable. In the Step Studies everyone is required to share as the questions are answered.
Q: What if I can't make it every week?
You are welcome to come when you can for worship, large group and issue groups. However if you join a Step Study, you are expected to come each week until you complete it. As with any endeavor, the more effort you put into Celebrate Recovery, the more benefit you will gain.