Celebrate Recovery

OK, back to serious bidness.

We had our first Celebrate Recovery orientation tonight. I was very happy with the turnout (12 all together). We prayed and watched the DVD and asked questions and prayed. I feel blessed to have that many serious prayer partners covering this ministry.

We are looking at a 90+ day ramp up toward launching the ministry. We're going to take the first month to continue praying about our involvement, praying for the possible leaders, praying for the people who need to come.

One of the key foundations of CR is that EVERYBODY needs recovery. We have all been hurt, and we have all hurt others. CR is not a ministry you hide in the basement or in a back room. It is for the whole church. I am really excited about how God might use this at Our Place. If we are faithful and follow His voice (as best we can), my gut tells me that it will change all of us.

Another cool aspect is that I have a really good feeling that we will not have to swim upstream with this. Our Place is already a place where people feel comfortable to come as they are. I can remember more than a few times where I have smelled alcohol on someone's breath or looked into bloodshot eyes and could tell someone was intoxicated at church. That says a lot to me. It tells me that people feel comfortable coming to Our Place no matter where they're at or what they're struggling with. I'm glad that is the case. We will not have to struggle too much to make the church inviting to hurting people. It already is to a great extent. So we are building on a good foundation there.

If you would, take a minute to say a prayer for the Recovery ministries at Our Place.


Ken Bussell
Minister of Music & Administration
Our Place Christian Church

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4 comments:

Logan Bennett said...

I am praying man, I am always praying. I also think that it is an awesome ministry that we have at the church, so many people not in just our church, but in every church need this ministry. Unfortunately a lot of other churches people have to hide these things in fear of being condemned by others. I love this ministry in our church

Logan Bennett said...

I am praying man, I am always praying. I also think that it is an awesome ministry that we have at the church, so many people not in just our church, but in every church need this ministry. Unfortunately a lot of other churches people have to hide these things in fear of being condemned by others. I love this ministry in our church

Simply Patty said...

Hi Ken
I just found your sight when I did a search on Celebrate Recovery Blogs. We have a Celebrate Recovery program at our Church here in Florida and I Just completed step 12. I will continue to pray for your program. Feel free to visit my site and comment as well. Celebrate Recovery works and I am a living testimony to that.
Praise God!

KeithN_WV said...

Ken, I too found your site when i was searching for CR Ministry blogs. I am in a very similar boat as you right now. Our church launched a CR program here in Southern WV a couple of months ago. We just covered lesson 4 last week. I have the honor of coleading a mens sub-ab group. It has been an awesome experience. We have already seen a man get sober who had used something daily for 30 years. This fellow is the typical hippie with all of the attitudes and tatoos to go along with it. Tomorrow may be different for him (and me) but today I feel like I have a ringside seat as God develops one of the most powerful testimonies our community will ever see. I have led a secular 12 step group for a year and a half now but I have never felt this much joy from it. I am pumped up about recovery tonight.

Father send us help, the fields are ready for the harvest. Give us help, leadership and oneness of purpose. Unite us all in the assurance that you are the one source of true healing. Help us Father to more perfectly reflect your love and acceptance to the broken hearted as they stagger through our doors, wounded from life outside your purposes. Watch over those who are still on their way to our sanctuaries and give us the strength to be ready for them when they arrive. You and you alone God are the builder of your Church and the re-arranger of human hearts. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve.

In Our Saviors Name: Amen

Ken thanks for your Blog.