History of Recovery For Life
In January,2003, six men agreed to come together to pray and seek God’s guidance about starting a recovery ministry at NBC. It became clear that the ministry should be pursued. A group of 10 attended a CR Regional Workshop in March. We asked the Lord to raise up the leaders to start a recovery ministry and He did. In August, 2003, 6 people went the 3 day CR Summit in California. Recovery For Life began September 11, 2003 as Celebrate Recovery Northwest, using the materials created by Saddleback Church.
The Twelve Steps have a Christian heritage as they were modeled after the Oxford Society (see the Oxford Connection). In order to reach people who would be offended by Jesus or the church, AA focused on a Higher Power.
Recovery For Life started with the main purpose of being able to talk about Jesus Christ as the Higher Power. For the history of Celebrate Recovery, see John Baker’s Testimony.
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