FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO IS CELEBRATE RECOVERY FOR?
Celebrate Recovery 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 CELEBRATE RECOVERY?
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 Friday Night starting at 6:00pm. After the worship service we will ask you to attend Celebrate Recovery Orientation for your first meeting. This will give you a feel for what to expect in the small groups. All you have to do is show up and we will walk you through everything.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Celebrate Recovery is one of the most loving environments you will be a part of. Everyone here is on the same road as you are, and though your issues may be differing in some ways we all are seeking truth in the same way. This is a safe environment where you can take your mask off and be who you are. We want you to be comfortable, so come as you are.
DO I HAVE TO COME FOR THE FULL FOUR HOURS ON FRIDAY NIGHTS?
While each component of Celebrate Recovery is important, you are not required to attend all four hours on Friday night. The meal time before the worship service and coffee/dessert after open share groups are great times to meet others and find accountability partners and sponsors. You will leave charged and refreshed through the fellowship and spiritual healing that come in the context of the Friday night experiences. But, we know that each person’s situation is unique and simply ask you to attend what is applicable and convenient for you.
DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO ATTEND?
There is no cost to attend Celebrate Recovery meetings. We do offer a meal on Friday evenings from 6:00-6:45pm. There is a small fee if you would like to purchase food. Free-will offerings are received during the large group time, but there is no obligation to give. Workbooks and other resources are utilized in the step study groups offered at other times outside of the Friday night meetings and are available for purchase on Friday nights.
WHAT ARE THE CHIPS, AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
The chips are simple, round plastic coins that are designed to give each person an opportunity to mark their individual recovery. If you don’t have an addiction that can be marked by sobriety easily, then we suggest you mark your journey from the day you pick up the blue chip, which is the first chip marking surrender in your life.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A "SPONSOR"
AND AN "ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER?"
We cover this topic extensively whenever you join a step study group. However, in short, an accountability partner is anyone that you trust that is on the road with you in life. This person will be one for you to call and check-up with periodically. They can be trusted to point you to truth, to encourage your attendance to meetings, and walk with you on the road to recovery. A sponsor is an accountability partner who has completed the recovery process. Ideally, you want the sponsor to have recovery in issues similar to your own, so they can relate to you and your journey. All accountability partners and sponsors are to be the same gender.
WHAT IS RECOVERY?
In physical health, recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, hang-ups, and habits are like an illness and using the tools of Celebrate Recovery we begin to move toward wholeness and healing.
WHO STARTED CELEBRATE RECOVERY?
John Baker started Celebrate Recovery 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.
Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others?Is there something I wish I could live without? Is it time to admit I am not in control of my life? Do I have a painful hang-up or habit 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.
IS CELEBRATE RECOVERY CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity. The guidelines/rules protect all of us. In a safe place you can take off your mask and be real and honest without fear. You are in control of when and how much you participate.
DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH?
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, hang-ups, habits and addictions. There are attendees who are not members and/or do not attend Fellowship Bible Church. You are welcomed by our loving fellowship of believers to visit with us on any of our additional weekend service Mosaic/Saturday Night or Sunday Morning at Fellowship NWA or Fellowship Fayetteville.
WHAT IS A STEP STUDY?
The Step Study takes place on a night other than Fridays. Celebrate Recovery uses the Twelve Steps and Eight Recovery Principles (maybe link to the steps and principles from here?) and its related Scripture as the Biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey though each of these steps in a confidential group lead by a facilitator who has completed a study. We use Celebrate Recovery's four participants books. When you finish the study you will have worked your hurts, hang-ups, and habits through each step. A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. It will typically take 9-12 months to complete the study. After completing the Step Study, we hope you will join with us as we minister to others dealing with their hurts, hang-ups, and habits. We do have guidelines for the groups that are strictly followed. Learn more.
DO I HAVE TO SHARE?
In the Open Share 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. In the Step Studies everyone is required to share as the questions are answered.
WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE IT EVERY WEEK?
You are welcome to come when you can for worship, large group and open share groups. However if you join a Step Study, you are expected to make every effort to attend each week until you complete it. As with any endeavor, the more effort you put into Celebrate Recovery, the more benefit you will gain.