Frequently Asked Questions About CR

Who is CR for?

  • CR is for anyone struggling with life.  If you have ever had a hurt, if you have ever had a hang-up in life, or perhaps you have struggled with an addiction, then this ministry is for you.  We all share one thing in common: hurt.

What is CR?

  • We are: a safe place, a refuge, a place of belonging, a place to care for others and be cared for, where respect is given to each member, where confidentiality is highly regarded, a place to learn, to grow and become strong again, where you can take off your mask, a place for healthy challenges and healthy risks, a possible turning point in your life
  • We are NOT: a place of selfish control, therapy, a place for secrets, a place to look for dating relationships, a place to rescue or be rescued by others, a place of perfection, a long-term commitment, a place to judge others, a quick fix

How do I get started?

  • The entry point for Celebrate Recovery is to come to a group meeting on Monday night at 6:30 PM. We will start with dinner, followed by our large group and small group discussion. All you have to do is show up and we will walk you through everything.

Does it Cost anything to attend?

  • Celebrate Recovery does not charge for this ministry. There is only a suggested donation of $2 for the dinner that is served at 6:30. 

What is Recovery?

  • In physical health, recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, habits and hang-ups are like an illness and using the tools of Celebrate Recovery we begin to move toward wholeness. Some might say from bondage to freedom in Christ. Others might say from self-reliance to faith in Christ.

Who started Celebrate Recovery?

  • John Baker started Celebrate Recovery as a ministry of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, with the main purpose of being able to talk about Jesus Christ as his Higher Power.

Is Celebrate Recovery for me?

  • Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with God’s purpose to mend our lives. Ask yourself... (1) Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others? (2) Is there something I wish I could live without? (3) Is it time to crack my denial and admit I am not in control of my life? (4) Do I have a painful habit or hang-up from which I need to be freed? If you answered “yes” to any of these statements then we urge you to attend a Celebrate Recovery meeting to see if it is for you.

Is Celebrate Recovery confidential?

  • Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. We have a saying that is repeated in every Large Group meeting : WHO you see here. WHAT you hear here. WHEN you leave here. STAYS HERE. Hear! Hear! We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity. The guidelines/rules protect all of us from judgment and being “fixed”. In a “safe place” you can take off your “mask” and be real and honest without fear. You are 100% in control of when and how much you participate.

Do I have to be a member of Wilmer Baptist?

  • No, Celebrate Recovery is a ministry for anyone who is interested in a Christ centered recovery program that will enable them to recover from life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups. There are attendees who are not members and/or do not attend Wilmer Baptist. You are welcomed by our loving fellowship of believers to visit with us on any of our Sunday or Wednesday services.

Do I have to share?

  • In the Small Groups, absolutely not . . . until you are ready. You can pass anytime you wish and for as long as it takes for you to become comfortable.