Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.
20 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process.
History of Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery started in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. At that time, the church was meeting at a high school gymnasium.John Baker wrote Pastor Rick the now famous concise 13-page single-spaced letter outlining the vision God had given him for Celebrate Recovery. After reading Johns letter, Pastor Rick said, Great John, go do it!
The first night 45 people attended, and Celebrate Recovery was born.Beginning with only four Open Share Groups “Mens and Womens Chemical Dependency, and Mens and Womens Co-Dependency” the ministry has grown to over fourteen groups today. Over 8,500 people have gone through the program at Saddleback Church, and many of them are now serving in Celebrate Recovery and the church. Celebrate Recovery has become the number one outreach ministry at Saddleback Church, with over 70 percent of its members now coming from outside the church.
The first ten years were the birth stage of Celebrate Recovery, and now God is calling us to take it to the world. There are now thousands of Celebrate Recovery ministries around the world and it is growing. We are part of a movement that is bringing the hurting and broken to the healing power of Jesus Christ.
In addition, Celebrate Recovery is not just growing in churches, but in recovery houses, rescue missions, and prisons around the world. New Mexico was the first state to adopt Celebrate Recovery into their state prison system. Now, New Mexico has Celebrate Recovery pods in all their state prisons. In August of 2004, Celebrate Recovery was announced as California’s state approved substance abuse program for prisons. This is an exciting and growing outreach opportunity for every Celebrate Recovery.
God, grant me the serenityto accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time;accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is; not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Youforever in the next. Amen
– Reinhold Niebuhr
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