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Recovery Ministry

A group of any size that meets regularly in-person or virtually and takes a Christ-centered approach to reach new people and help them recover from hurts, habits, or hang ups, e.g., Celebrate Recovery, Divorce Care, Grief Share, or another Christian support group. Churches may also partner with recovery groups they host, such as AA, Al-Anon, Gam-Anon, CHADD, etc., by offering radical hospitality, building relationships with group leaders, praying for requests made anonymously, and/or making available a designated chaplain.)

Pathway to Starting a Recovery Ministry

  1. Begin with a dangerous prayer: Lord, use me.
  2. Assess the needs of your community.
  3. Create a team.
  4. Visit a Celebrate Recovery in your area.
  5. Use the Celebrate Recovery or Brianna’s Hope web page to discover resources.
  6. Make a connection with an existing group and ask how best your church could support them. (Note: Please respect that these programs have boundaries in place to protect and support their participants. It is important to let them define what the relationship looks like.)

Brianna's Hope

A participant driven, faith-based, and compassion filled addiction support and recovery group with a variety of resources.

Celebrate Recovery

A Christ centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind.

Episode 29: From Prison to Purpose with Courtney Trankle

What do you do when you hit rock bottom? When you've lost all that matters in your past and your future to addiction? Courtney Trankle grew up an army brat and became addicted to drugs in her teen years. She spent 25 years using and trafficking drugs in Missouri before she landed in prison. In this episode, you’ll hear about Courtney's journey of addiction and how God gave her Beauty for Ashes and is using her story for His glory.

Learn + Lead Webinar: How to Start a Recovery Ministry

Revs. Shane Laswell and Keith Scarborough, pastors at Morning Star Church in O'Fallon, Missouri, share about the successful Celebrate Recovery ministry at Morning Star Church and how your church can step into the realm of recovery ministry.