Celebrate Recovery


Celebrate Recovery

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Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered 12 Step ministry that follows the DNA of the Global Celebrate Recovery ministry, and is under the authority of a local church.

DNA of Celebrate Recovery

The Celebrate Recovery name is a registered trademark. In a desire to protect the integrity of the broader ministry, Celebrate Recovery requires that if you use the Celebrate Recovery name, the DNA must be followed.

7 Keys of Celebrate Recovery

7 elements that are key to starting a Celebrate Recovery ministry and keep it healthy and growing.

3 Doors of Celebrate Recovery

The three main groups that are unique and important to the overall health of a Celebrate Recovery ministry. They are Large Group Meeting, Open Share Groups, and Step Study Groups. Two of the groups meet on the same night called the General Meeting Night; The Large Group Meeting and the Open Share Groups.

General Meeting Night

The main meeting night of a Celebrate Recovery Program, consisting of 4 elements: Dinner, Large Group Meeting, Open Share Groups, and an after group fellowship time.

Large Group Meeting

Large Group Meeting is a one-hour meeting that provides participants a time of worship, read the 8 Principles or 12 Steps, CR news announcements, lesson taught from the Celebrate Recovery Leaders’ Guide or have a testimony. This is often a Newcomer’s first experience to Celebrate Recovery.

Open Share Groups

Open Share Groups are gender and issue specific share groups. These groups meet for one hour immediately after the Large Group concludes. Some Celebrate Recovery ministries may offer online zoom Open Share Groups. They are called open share groups for two reasons, first participants are open to share any struggles and/or victories. Second, they remain open to newcomers each week without the need to sign up. This group is led by a trained Celebrate Recovery leader and co-leader and is under the authority of their local church.

Step Study Groups

Step Study Groups are gender specific groups for people ready to delve deeper into their hurts, hang-ups and habits. Even though Step Study Groups are gender specific they are mixed recovery issues groups. Ideally, Step Study Groups meet for 2 hours on a different night of the week from the Large Group and Open Share Group meetings. Some Celebrate Recoveries may offer online zoom Step Studies. Step Study groups work through the 12 Steps and 8 Principles using the Journey Begins or Journey Continues Participant Guides. This group is led by a trained Celebrate Recovery leader and co-leader and is under the authority of their local church.

Dessert & Conversation

The last element of the General Meeting Night, where participants fellowship and connect in order to develop relationships that support their recovery.


The effect and aftermath of a offense, trauma, wound or personal choice, that impacts us emotionally, physically, mentally and/or spiritually.


Patterns of unhealthy emotions with distorted core beliefs toward our circumstances, God, ourselves and others.


Compulsions, addictions, and/or coping mechanisms developed over time as a way to escape or numb our pain.

Character Defects

Harmful character traits, we all have, that lead to unhealthy, hurtful, and damaging responses toward God and others.


A systematic process for healing hurts, exploring and discovering hang ups, and replacing habits with new tools to deal with life’s trials and struggles through the Christ centered 12 steps and 8 Principles. Recovery is not just about stopping unhealthy habits and behaviors, it’s also about starting new healthy habits that lead to healing.


To discontinue an unhealthy habit or behavior. Sobriety is measured by the length of timeline has abstained from an unhealthy habit or behavior.

Christ-Centered 12 Steps

The original 12 steps were developed in and for Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). They have been adapted to focus on Jesus Christ, as the one and only true higher power, and to include all recovery issues.

8 Principles

The 8 RECOVERY principles were developed by Pastor Rick Warren after a study of the Beatitudes and 12 steps when he found that many of the tenets of the 12 steps were taught by Jesus thousands of years ago. The principles and 12 steps work together as a road map to healing.

Small Group Guidelines

The guidelines are proven, effective and mandatory statements designed to help participants experience a safe and productive small group experience. These are read and upheld in every small group setting of Celebrate Recovery to maintain safety for all in attendance.


Much like a coach, a sponsor is a recovery mentor who helps you work through the 8 Principles and 12 Steps, by offering feedback and wise counsel. A sponsor is ideally a follower believer and has at least one-year continuous sobriety and has worked through the Steps. Your sponsor should be the same gender as yourself.

Accountability Partner

Much like a teammate, as you walk the road to recovery together encouraging one another along the way. Your accountability partner should be the same gender as yourself. The benefit of walking with a sponsor and/or accountability partner is that you will have support for every step along the road to recovery.

Celebration Place

Celebration Place is a program that is based on the same principles as Celebrate Recovery, but it presents them in a way that grade-school-aged children will understand.

The Landing

The Landing program is based on the same principles as Celebrate Recovery, but it presents them in a way that students will connect with.

Recovery Chips

Coins used to mark special occasions, sobriety or time in our recovery. The first year is measured in months. At one year of recovery, and every year thereafter, we receive a bronze coin.

Suggested Reading


Life’s Healing Choices: Freedom From Your Hurts, Hang-Ups and Habits

We’ve all been hurt by other people, we’ve hurt ourselves, and we’ve hurt others. And as a result, every single one of us ends up with some sort of hurthang-up, or habit. But the question we all face is, Where do we go from here?

Ten years after the original edition of Life’s Healing Choices, this newly revised edition contains updates to basic teaching principles—based on ten years’ experience—as well as new and contemporary testimonies. Using the Beatitudes of Jesus as a foundation, Rick Warren and John Baker, pastors at Saddleback Church, developed the eight choices shared in this book.

In addition to practical, encouraging biblical teaching, each chapter includes two real-life testimonies of men and women whose lives have been transformed by living out the eight choices in this book. Through making each of these choices, you too will find God’s pathway to wholeness, growth, spiritual maturity, happiness, and healing. You’ll find real answers, real hope, and a real future—one healing choice at a time.

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