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.
Minister of Music & Administration
Our Place Christian Church
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