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    A Pathway To Leadership



    By observing. What an individual puts into his/her personal recovery is an indication of the kind of leader he/she will be.

    1. Does this person regularly attend General Meeting Night?

    2. Does this person regularly attend Open Share Group?

    3. Does this person regularly attend Step Study Group?

    4. Has this person completed their 5th Step?

    5. Does this person have a Sponsor & Accountability Partners?

    6. Does this person attend Fellowship Events?

    7. Does this person currently serve with Celebrate Recovery?

    8. Does this person attend weekend Church Service; is he/she a member of your Church

    9. Does this person have at least 9 + months of sobriety/recovery?

    10. Does this person follow and appreciate the 5 Small Group Guidelines


    Once you have identified an apprentice, keep the tasks' light; CR participants must focus on his/her personal recovery first. By the time you have selected an apprentice your co-leader should have already been given opportunities to lead the group and may then relinquish some of the lighter responsibilities. These items may now be carried out by an apprentice.

    1. Maintain your small group phone list

    2. Maintain the "chip" box (for open share group)

    3. Maintain the prayer cards

    4. Ask him/her to pray for you and your co-leader

    5. Ask him /her to pray for the group participants during the week

    6. Invite him/her to arrive early to group and pray with you and your co-leader

    7. Ask him/her to gather a CR bulletins from your general meeting each week and bring to Step Study Group and as needed Sponsor/Ministry Opportunities Pamphlets'

    An Apprentice should not be asked to lead the group meeting. Apprentices must focus his/her recovery work. In addition, Apprentices do not yet meet the requirements to lead nor has he/she been trained to lead a group.


    1. Invite him/her to attend Testimony Writing Workshop

    2. Invite him/her to attend Sponsor Training

    3. Invite him/her to a CR Leaders Meeting

    4. Encourage Church attendance and to join a home group Bible Study


    Tina Davis, National Training Coach



    Celebrate Recovery Global Directory

    Want to post your CR Group on the Celebrate Recovery website? Here’s how.

    I encourage All CR Groups to post their location on the Celebrate Recovery Global Directory. We receive 100’s of e-mails and phone calls a month from individuals looking to find a CR Group in their area. Considering that the CR Directory is our only resource, it is only as good as the information provided to us!

    In order to be posted on the CR Directory, your group must meet the DNA of an authentic Celebrate Recovery. To verify that your group has met this requirement visit

    1. Select the “About” tab
    2. Select “Can I Use The Celebrate Recovery Name?”

    Once you have verified that your group meets the DNA of an authentic Celebrate Recovery you are ready to begin the process of posting your group on the CR Directory.

         3. Select the “Find a Group” Tab

         4. Select “Want to add your CR Group to our database? Contact Us!

         5. An e-mail will be created. In this e-mail please include the follow information:

    • Church Name
    • Address
    • Phone Contacts
    • E-mail Contacts
    • Website Address (if available)
    • Group Meeting Information (ex: Fridays 7:00pm; Dinner 6:00pm; General Meeting 7:00pm; Open Share Groups 8:00pm; Solid Rock Café 9:00pm; the Landing (for Teens); Childcare Available

          6. Send the e-mail

    The approval Process:

    You will receive an e-mail verifying that your request has been received. This e-mail will include the contact information for your CR State Rep and/or your CR Regional Director, along with an attachment of the Celebrate Recovery “Trademark Statement and DNA Requirements”. These requirements will need to be adhered to in order to be approved for the website. In addition your new ministry will need to be up and running for 90-days to work through any logistical issues or leadership concerns.

    Your request will be forwarded on to your CR State Rep and/or your CR Regional Director for approval. Once your State Rep receives the request he/she will contact you to set up a time to visit your CR Group. Please communicate directly with your State Rep on a regular basis to work through any questions, concerns, or hurdles you may face.

    As soon as approval from your CR State Rep and/or Regional Director is given, your request will be filled and your group will be posted on the CR Global Directory. This process can take up to 4-6 weeks.

    To make any updates or changes to listings already on the Celebrate Recovery Global Directory you will need to contact your CR State Rep and/or Regional Director. This can include updates to phone numbers, meeting times, contact information, etc… You will find contact information for your State Representative on the back pages of your Summit Notebook and/or your 1-Day 7-Keys/ALT notebook.

    Tina Davis

    National Training Coach


    Tips on Chips

    Sobriety Earned from other Recovery Programs:

    Here at the CR Model we encourage individuals to take their recovery chips based on their entire length of sobriety. This includes sobriety earned prior to their attending Celebrate Recovery.

    The only exception to this would be in the case when “Outside Recovery Programs” have a different definition of sobriety than Celebrate Recovery. For instance, Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered recovery program that requires total abstinence. Some “Outside Recovery Program’s” definition of sobriety may be “self-defined”, also known as, “your bottom line”. In this case, we simply ask the individual to respect CR’s definition of sobriety and not take a CR chip.

    Ultimately, we cannot dictate when a person may take a chip. In the event you personally know of a CR Participant that does not retain CR’s definition of sobriety, yet still takes a chip, as Leaders we should not intervene. We can rely on the Holy Spirit to work in that individual’s heart. However, in the case of CR Group Leaders, they are required to hold true to CR’s definitions of sobriety for the group in which they are leading.

    “To thy self be true!”

    Tina Davis

    National Training Coach

    For more blogs about sobriety chips type “tips on chips” in the "Search here" box.


    Celebrate Recovery Fellowship

    One of the benefits of offering fellowship is to create a place where we can develop healthy relationships.  I couldn't help but remember my first steps interacting with others, in a social setting; sober... I felt so intimidated.  CR fellowship gave me a safe place to practice being social.  Eventually my CR fellowship began to extend outside the ministry. I started attending church, joined a bible study and went to all kinds of different events with my CR friends.

    Offering a BBQ and Solid Rock Café encourages individuals to meet either before or after or both as they develop new healthy relationships. Eventually these relationships will grow into a support team of sponsors and accountability partners.   

    At the CR model we charge for dinner and desserts.  The charge is based on our cost. We never make a profit but strive to break even.  Even with charging we sometimes end up in the red.  The only free item we offer is our fabulous church coffee and entry to our Solid Rock Café.  This way no one will ever feel left out from attending fellowship after Open Share group time.  In any event, if you have not been charging and now find yourself in a situation where your budget can no longer cover your food expenses here is a suggested transition from free to fee.

    During your large group announcements, make a general announcement saying, “to help cover our dinner costs, we have created a new menu price list.”  Another option is, “We are committed to offering a safe place for fellowship, to help us continue to offer dinner and desserts, we have created a new menu price list” Provide a bulletin insert with your menu and prices.  After your initial announcement you would not necessarily have to make another announcement the following week because the newcomer does not know there was a charge.  However, if someone who has not attended your CR for a while shows up for dinner and has no money, consider giving him/her a free dinner just for that night.  Another case to consider giving out a free meal is to a newcomer who was unaware that there was a cost and does not have money to pay for the meal.    

    For participants who attend on a weekly basis who cannot afford to purchase dinner, keep in mind that what you do for one you must be prepared to do for everyone.  Don’t forget why you needed to start charging in the first place. 

    One last thought, volunteers who serve your dinner should not expect to eat for free.  If they are eating for free they are not serving.  To this day, for the past 20 years, Pastor John Baker has paid for every meal and every dessert he has ever eaten at CR.  He’s so awesome!

    I hope this helps you decide what is best for your CR Group.


    Tina Davis

    National Training Coach


    New Open Share Groups

    When to start new Open Share Groups:

    The time to start a new Open Share Group is once you have a qualified trained leader and co-leader for the new group. It is not a matter of waiting until you have a certain number of people attending who struggle in a particular area of recovery.

    Once you are ready to start a new Open Share Group be very thoughtful in how you present this to your current mixed recovery group. I know that I am a real stickler when it comes to “words we say,” but the reality is that the way we communicate change can and will affect the way your leaders and participants respond to the changes.

    Change can be especially tough for those who have been a part of the group since the beginning; this growth must be handled in the most positive light. Avoid saying, “splitting the groups.” There is a bond that has already formed. When you say “splitting”, participants may feel like they are losing someone. Instead say, “we are starting a new group!’ This translates to the leaders and participants that our program is growing and that they have been instrumental in that growth!


    Why start new Open Share Groups:

    I experienced, first hand, how important it is to have Open Share Groups that are specific for each area of recovery. For 5 months I participated in an Open Share group with mixed recovery issues. I watched as women would cycle through the group. The reality was that many of the women were not able to relate specifically to each other’s area of recovery and so they didn’t keep coming back. We of course had a core group of women who attended each week. While some of these women were comfortable to open up and really work their recovery, others struggled to open up and be completely honest. The group became a place where some of the women could hide out and their growth in their recovery became stagnate. For instances; when we were finally able to start the Women’s Chemical Addiction Open Share Group the truth came out. I was shocked to hear that some of the women who had been attending the mixed group were still drinking! There was no true accountability in the mixed Open Share group.

    Until you are ready to start a new group, I suggest you start a Hurts, Hang-ups and Habits group.  CR participants will natural gravitate to this group if there is not a group specific to his/her area of recovery. For a copy of the group description for HHH, you may email me directly at

    I hope this helps!

    Tina Davis

    National Training Coach