Team Connections event for churches to learn how to begin and sustain a Celebrate Recovery chapter will be April 30


A half-day Team Connections on how to begin and sustain a Celebrate Recovery (CR) chapter will be offered on Saturday, April 30 from 1:30-5 p.m. at Christ Harbor UMC in Northport.

The Connection is encouraged for local church leaders, at the congregational or district levels, interested in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry. The leader will be Neal Fuller Jr., with additional teaching from Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett. Fuller has started 12 CR chapters over the past 18 months in various size churches. He currently serves as the CR Director in the Southwest District.

Participants are welcome to join the CR Worship following the end of the Connections. For more information, Contact Neal Fuller Jr at (205) 242-2505 or the Southwest District office at (205) 752-0414.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-based approach to recovery that was a response to twelve-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. It was founded in 1990 by John Baker and Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, and is aimed at all "hurts, habits, and hang-ups", including drug and alcohol addictions, sex addiction, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, Greif, Co-Dependent and people who have been sexually abused. The founders felt that Alcoholics Anonymous was too vague in referring to God as a "higher power," and wanted a more specifically Christ-based program. Celebrate Recovery utilizes eight Recovery Principles that are based on the Biblical Text in Mathew, Sermon on the Mount.

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