An Opportunity for Collaborating Communities
Christian Recovery Leaders
Possible Varieties of Communities to Survey and Hear From
· A like-minded group of Christian churches who want the help of others and also additional, supportive recovery-oriented resources in their community
In larger venues, a community of churches in a single denomination
A Christian community of recovery-concerned pastors and ministers
A Christian community of recovery pastors and directors
A Community of Christian recovery fellowship and group leaders
[Examples: Serenity Group of Oroville Church of the Nazarene
Turning Point Group of Golden Hills Community Church]
· A Christian ministry uniting Christians, Christian churches, and Christian treatment programs, counselors, fellowships, and sober-living facilities
[An example: Rock Recovery Ministry, Rock Church, San Diego]
· A Christian evaluation, intervention, detox, treatment, and after-care program, uniting with churches, pastors, 12 Step groups, treatment programs, Christian recovery fellowships, Christian sober living, sober clubs, and alumni groups
[An example: Celebrate a New Life, San Juan Capistrano]
· A Christian bridge program working with churches, Christian counselors, Christian residential and outpatient treatment programs.
[An example: Manna House Ministries, Jamestown, Tennessee]
· Christian individuals or groups that organize groups promoting church attendance, fellowships, 12 Step meetings, and Bible studies
[Examples: Russell Spatz, attorney, “Alive Again,” “Lost Sheep,” Miami,
Pastor Joe Furey and Roger McDiarmid, His Place Church;
Executive Recovery Pastor Randy Moraitis, Lifelines, Cornerstone Church, Costa Mesa
· Christian church-sponsored featured weekly recovery meetings that collaborate with treatment programs, small groups, probation officials, parishioners
An example: Lifelines, The Crossing Church, Costa Mesa
· 12 Step meetings that encourage church attendance, Bible study, Big Book study, A.A. meetings, and Christian fellowship
[An example: Fr. Bill Wigmore, Chair, Episcopal Diocese of Texas Committee, Austin]
Programs and Suggestions to Hear About, Evaluate, and Possibly Adopt
[Examples are (1) the daily fellowships of First Century Christians as reported in the Book of Acts; (2) the daily outreach of evangelists, rescue missions, Young Men’s Christian Associations, Salvation Army, Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor; and (3) the daily recovery gatherings of Old School A.A. pioneers of the Akron Christian Fellowship]
· A core Christian leader, pastor, recovery professional, church, fellowship, treatment center, sober living facility, 12 Step group, or group offering outreach to prisons, homeless, veterans, hospitals, and support groups
· A core Christian community that is Bible friendly, church friendly, 12-Step friendly, recovery friendly, and friends with friends of like mind
· An emphasis on conducting, or finding, or supporting, or referring suffering members to:
11th Step practices
12th Step techniques that will locate, help, support, disciple, and teach newcomers.
12 Step fellowships
Church sponsored Christian recovery meetings
Breaking-bread meetings for meals, coffee, snacks, barbecues, celebrations
A recognition that the components of victorious Christian living and healing were:
Recognition of the problem and need to eliminate the problem forever
Belief in God
Becoming children of God through Jesus Christ
Daily fellowship with like-minded believers
Daily prayer, Bible reading, Quiet Time
Daily learning and obeying God’s will and commandments pertaining to love
and elimination of temptation and sinful conduct.
Daily thoughtfulness, actions, and focus on helping others be saved, come to a
knowledge of the truth, and walk by the spirit instead of by the flesh
Favoring church affiliation, religious fellowship, and religious comradeship
Vowing to follow, practice, and continually live by Christian principles.
Learning, resisting, and defending against the wiles of the devil and the
biblical armor available to do that.
Recognizing that successful recovered, cured, Christian living calls for
knowledge of God and His will, the accomplishments of Jesus Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit; deliverance from the power of darkness; renewing one’s mind to God’s promises, requirements, love, forgiveness, power, healing, and eternal life.
Learning that the most common weapons of the devil are focused on fear,
Bearing in mind the A.A. quip: “We are not a glum lot.” Success—the fruit of the spirit seeks and embraces godly recreation; exercise; fitness; good nutrition; good hygiene; useful service and behavior; constructive mental challenge and labor; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22