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Celebrate Recovery FAQ’s

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  • How do I start Celebrate Recovery in my Church?
  • Who can I turn to for help in starting Celebrate Recovery?
  • Where do I get volunteers to run this ministry in my church?
  • Where can I go to attend an exisiting Celebrate Recovery program in my area?
  • Why do you suggest we have “closed groups”, when other programs allow newcomers to join anytime?
  • Can we talk about anything in open share groups?
  • We don’t have large groups. We only have a few participants in our Celebrate Recovery meeting.
  • Can I use other resources in my Celebrate Recovery ministry?
  • May I use the CR name on shirts, or other promotional items?
  • Am I allowed to copy or duplicate the Celebrate Recovery Participant Guide or other components?

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How do I start Celebrate Recovery in my Church?

After enlisting the support of your senior pastor, we suggest as a minimum, you follow the Ninety Day Kick Off Strategy outlined in the Celebrate Recovery Leader’s Guide. It is also helpful to attend one of the many Celebrate Recovery live events.

Who can I turn to for help in starting Celebrate Recovery?

Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa is here to help. Simply complete and submit the Query Form form.

Where do I get volunteers to run this ministry in my church?

Advertise in your church bulletin. You may be surprised to find volunteers that come to you with sobriety found through other programs or ministries. Keep in mind your ministry volunteers in five or ten years will be a lot different than your first round of leadership. If new ministries had to wait until leaders completed twelve steps and eight principles found in Celebrate Recovery, we wouldn’t have many new ministries starting!

Where can I go to attend an exisiting Celebrate Recovery program in my area?

The organising of Celebrate Recovery in southern Africa is in process. The current focus is on training and identifying Celebrate Recovery groups. Thereafter it will be the evaluation and approval of Celebrate Recovery groups across the region. It is thus with regret that, at this point, it is not possible to recommend a Celebrate Recovery group in your area. Subscribe to PostCards – approved Celebrate Recovery groups will be announced in PostCards.

Why do you suggest we have “closed groups”, when other programs allow newcomers to join anytime?

Closed groups are necessary to promote safety and security within a step study. When we close a group at the completion of the first participant’s guide, the intent is not to alienate the newcomer, but to insure anonymity and confidentiality for the group members. This also prevents confusion of dropping a newcomer into material he or she is unfamiliar with, or causing the newcomer to rush through the early stages of their recovery to match the pace of an existing group. When step studies are closed to newcomers, it is important that your ministry offer ‘open share’ opportunities to provide an entry point for the newcomer.

Can we talk about anything in open share groups?

We encourage open share groups to follow the small group guidelines found in the leader’s guide. This will insure that one individual does not monopolise all the group time and that everyone has an opportunity to share. In a healthy open share group a topic is assigned for discussion. The discussion usually follows a theme from the lesson or testimony given in the large group time.

We don’t have large groups. We only have a few participants in our Celebrate Recovery meeting.

All Celebrate Recovery groups have ‘large group’ functions within their meetings. It is important to keep in mind we are not speaking of size when we talk about the ‘large group’ function of Celebrate Recovery. Large group time for healthy Celebrate Recovery ministries includes, worship, reading of the twelve steps or eight principles, announcements, and a teaching or testimony.

Can I use other resources in my Celebrate Recovery ministry?

Celebrate Recovery consists of the resources found in the leader’s guide, the participant guides, resources developed by Celebrate Recovery of Saddleback Church, and the Celebrate Recovery Bible. If you start supplementing your teaching with other resources, you are doing something other than Celebrate Recovery. The trademark statement of Celebrate Recovery notes “a church or organization may decide to use the Celebrate Recovery® curriculum and mix it with other materials, or other programs, which is certainly up to their discretion. HOWEVER, they are prohibited from using the Celebrate Recovery® name.”

May I use the CR name on shirts, or other promotional items?

The Celebrate Recovery name is trademarked. If you are running an authentic Celebrate Recovery ministry, you may use the name for promotional items within your group only. Problems occur if you use the name of Celebrate Recovery to venture into the area of commerce. You may not produce items to sell to other groups. It is recommended you look first at products licensed under Celebrate Recovery then consider the needs of your local Celebrate Recovery ministry.

Am I allowed to copy or duplicate the Celebrate Recovery Participant Guide or other components?

The Celebrate Recovery resources are all copyright protected. No duplication or copying of the Participant Guide or any other component is allowed. No permission may be granted to duplicate these resources. If you need the Celebrate Recovery resources at a discounted rate to make it work in our context, please CLICK HERE.