The new plan to launch Christian Recovery Resource Centers worldwide is now the major project of the International Christian Recovery Coalition. Details posted at:(www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com).
The new plan and launch of the Christian Recovery Resource Centers is sponsored by the International Christian Recovery Coalition. Its website can be accessed through the URL: www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com. It can also be accessed through the Dick B. A.A. History main website navigation bar www.dickb.com.
Here's what has been happening:
1. First, the need, idea, and solution emerged from our two years of travel throughout California and Oahu (over 25 meetings and conferences) seeing exactly what Christian Recovery Resources we could find and study. We found them in churches, Christian Recovery fellowships, Christian counseling work, Christian treatment centers, sober living facilities, bridge groups, study groups, James Clubs, even in A.A. groups and meetings. And we found them to be effective, attractive, enthusiastic, and definitely growing as to demand and as to appeal and as to membership and attendance. We also found them to be "Bible Friendly, Prayer Friendly, History Friendly, and A.A. Friendly"--a welcome situation amidst the growing idolatry emphasis among many recovery workers and fellowships today.
2. Second, as we prepared and circulated two items, we learned and published much more. The carefully researched and presented findings are:
(a) "Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery" www.dickb.com/IFCR-Class.shtml. This class presents four DVD's and an Instructor and Student Guide that show the real origins and development of the Christian Recovery Movement and A.A.
(b) "The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide," 3rd ed., 2010 www.dickb.com/Christian-Recov-Guide.shtml. This frequently revised and updated volume contains a very thorough study, with footnotes and bibliography, of the origins, history, founding, original program, successes, and changes in the Christian Recovery Movement that led up to and developed from Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935. It is detailed. It is authoritative. It is now widely available. And it is now in widespread use among Christians and others in recovery.
3. Third, at the recent 2010 Annual Christian Addiction Professionals Conferencer November 19th to 21st at Palm Springs, California, staged by the Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute, I was a major speaker on the topic of establishing Christian Recovery Resource Centers--particularly those which included and enhanced the role of licensed Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors. The idea of establishing Christian Recovery Resource Centers met with wide interest and approval among the large number of people attending.
4. Fourth, we returned to forumulate and launch the plan--primarily by sending out newsletters that covered the following:
(a) Five surveys which asked Christians and others in recovery what they were doing now; how they would respond to setting up a center; what counselors and chaplains would do; what their position was on important Bible concepts; and if they would support such centers.
(b) Then we formulated and published several different articles that covered what a Christian Recovery Resource Center is; What it can and should do; Who can serve--individual and entity--in this way; How to establish a center; Whether they would incorporate important biblical ideas and practices; and Whether they would include all of the services needed for newcomers--whether by way of assessment and referral, providing resource information, or actually engaging in counseling, treatment, fellowships, and so on.
(c) Now we are preparing "The Dick B. Handbook for Christian Recovery Resource Centers Worldwide." It will incorporate all that is needed for an individual, a program, a center, or an agency to establish, maintain, and implement such a center.
(d) Accordingly, we have revised and updated the International Christian Recovery Coalition website www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com so that it gives a picture of what is involved, what can be accomplished, and who and how to do it.
(e) Newsletters, announcements on facebook, twitter, and our blog, as well as articles posted on websites, will continue to fill in the details--reporting the names and programs of those who jump on board.
5. How can you participate:
(a) Join the no cost International Christian Recovery Coalition by providing Dick B. (its Executive Director) with your name, ministry or outreach, city, and state; and you will be listed on the website as a participant.
(b) Provide us at no cost with some information about yourself: Name, contact person, address, Logo, literature, newsletters, email, URL, facebook, twitter, blogs, and statement of purpose and detailed material on what you do.
(c) Tell us exactly what Christian recovery resources you now provide; those you outsource; and those to which you need access and information.
(d) Agree to be a resource information provider to your own clients or patients or fellowship members, and the community at large as to how to proceed with a full and effective Christian recovery program--from initial assessment to life-long follow through.
(e) Agree to network with other Centers worldwide so that this information and these resources are widely available to Christians in recovery and others wanting God's help.
(f) Make a one-time donation of $500.00 to Dick B. to cover our expenses of establishing the resources, issuing information, publishing our class and books, and working with you.
(g) In exchange for the donation of $500.00, we will send you the class and guidebooks (www.dickb.com/IFCR-Class.shtml); The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide (www.dickb.com/Christian-Recov-Guide.shtml); the handbook in attachment form when it has been completed; and (if you add $20.00 for media mail cost) a box of Dick B. books for your library.
Any and all inquiries and payments can be made by mail, by phone, by email, by credit card, and by paypal. And here is what we need:
1. Your name, ministry or outreach, and mail address
2. A phone call to Ken B. at 808 276 4945 in which you provide the foregoing name and address, your credit card # and expiration date; or utilize paypal donation on www.dickb.com; or send a check to Dick B., PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837.
3. For further information from Dick B., send email to email@example.com; or phone 808 874 4876; or mail to Dick B. PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837.