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Characteristics of Groups

The general meeting, where all participants gather for a time of worship and either a teaching or a testimony is our LARGE GROUP. The Large Group acts as the top of the funnel moving people toward changed lives through Christ's power. It is a non threatening meeting where someone can come and see what recovery is all about, without having to commit to sharing any of their hurts, habits, or hang ups. The Large Group meets for one hour.

At the conclusion of the Large Group, participants are excused to attend groups that are gender specific (men’s and women’s groups), and recovery issue specific in larger Celebrate Recovery ministries. These are the OPEN SHARE GROUPS. The leader of the Open Share group facilitates the use of the small group guidelines keeping the group a safe place to share life's struggles and victories. By attending these Open Share groups, experiencing the safety and encouragement of the group, and hearing others share of their victories and changed lives, participants will funnel into the third type of group, the STEP STUDY GROUP.

The Step Study is a two hour meeting meeting on a different day of the week from the Large Group and Open Share Groups. The Participants guides are used in this group, working through them one question at a time. The leader facilitates the small group guidelines, keeping the group focused on the questions and moving forward. It is here that the healing takes place, and lives are changed.

Large Group
  • Worship
  • Read the Steps or Principles
  • Announcements
  • Teach lesson from the Celebrate Recovery Leaders Guide or Testimony
  • Serenity Prayer
  • No obligation to share
  • Mixed group
  • Dismiss to Open Share groups or Recovery 101
  • Information Table
Open Share Group
  • Recovery Issue Specific
  • Follows Large Group
  • Gender specific
  • One Hour meeting
  • Share struggles and victories
  • Acknowledge sobriety (chips)
  • Open to newcomers
  • Find a Sponsor or accountability partner
  • Follow the 5 Small Group guidelines
Step Study Group
  • Use Celebrate Recovery Participant Guides
  • Answer and discuss questions at the end of each lesson of the guides
  • Two hour meeting
  • Gender specific
  • Mixed recovery OR recovery issue specific
  • High level of accountability
  • Weekly attendance expected
  • Follow the 5 Small Group guidelines
  • Meets an additional day of the week

 

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