What is Celebrate Recovery?  

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-Centered Recovery Program based on the Beatitudes. Celebrate Recovery (CR) is currently being used in thousands of churches nationwide and internationally.
This program was written by Pastors Rick Warren and John Baker. The purposes of CR are to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. This experience allows us to “be transformed.” We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems.  By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.

You may be thinking that recovery is just for those with alcohol or drug problems. Only about one-third of the people attending CR are dealing with chemical dependencies. As Pastor Rick Warren says, “We all have sinned, we’ve all fallen short, we’ve all been hurt, and we’ve all hurt others. Everybody needs recovery.” All of life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups are addressed through this curriculum.  

How Does CR Work?
Each CR weekly gathering includes time for fellowship, worship music, and then recovery-based teaching using the CR curriculum or personal testimonies of changed lives. Following the teaching time, we break into male and female groups for open share time which provides an opportunity to discuss recovery-specific issues. Babysitting is provided. Check out the CR video at:    Where & When Does CR Meet?   We meet at Crossroads in Monticello on Tuesday evenings. The schedule is typically as follows: 7 – 8 PM: Large Group – worship and teaching 8 – 8:30 PM: Male / Female open share small groups There is a fellowship and snacks time each week from 6:30 – 7 PM.   What Celebrate Recovery Is:

  • A safe place to share
  • A refuge
  • A place of belonging
  • A place to care for others and be cared for 
  • A place where respect is given to each member
  • A place where confidentiality is highly regarded
  • A place to learn
  • A place to demonstrate genuine love
  • A place to grow and become strong again
  • A place for progress
  • A place where you can take off your mask and allow others to know who you are
  • A place for healthy challenges and healthy risks
  • A possible turning point in your life

What Celebrate Recovery Is Not:

  • A place for selfish control
  • A place for secrets
  • A place to look for dating relationships 
  • A place to rescue or be rescued by others
  • A place for perfection
  • A place to judge others
  • A quick fix
  • Professional therapy