I originally was drawn to Celebrate Recovery through the guidance of my previous Pastor. I was tired of the conviction I had about drinking alcohol so I asked my pastor if there was a Christian based recovery group to help me quit drinking alcohol. My pastor told me that his church currently did not have such a group available at his church, but he encouraged me to look for a group called Celebrate Recovery at a local church nearby to help with my particular issue.
I searched around my area for a church that offered Celebrate Recovery meetings. The church that was closest to me that offered Celebrate Recovery meetings was Corner Stone Church off of Watt Avenue in North Highlands. I first attended the big group meetings, then started attending the step study group meetings. I reported back to my pastor about my involvement with Corner Stone Church and their Celebrate Recovery meetings; he liked the fact that I was serious about wanting to quit drinking alcohol and encouraged me to continue what I was doing at that church.
Two weeks later, my Pastor asked me if I wanted to be a facilitator in the Celebrate Recovery step study group at his church; he planned on starting a man’s and women’s group at his church – of course I agreed to it! I said my goodbye’s to Cornerstone church and began working the steps in my church’s Celebrate Recovery men’s step study group as a facilitator. I was still struggling with alcohol at the time and I made sure my pastor knew about it before accepting the facilitator position-I guess my pastor saw potential in me.
The Men’s Celebrate Recovery group consisted of the Church’s senior Pastor as leader of the group, me as facilitator, and five other men. As the lessons went on, the group became smaller and smaller until it was just the pastor and me working the steps. During the time when it was just the two of us, the bond between us became stronger and stronger. The pastor began to go the extra mile for me to clear up some road blocks that I could not get through on my own. After those road blocks were cleared out of the way, I was finally able to quit drinking! Sometimes, all that is needed is a helping hand to recover from something.
Situations happened at the church I was going to which halted the Celebrate Recovery meetings, which eventually led to my family and me leaving the church completely. But, if it wasn’t for my pastor clearing those road blocks in my life, I wouldn’t have been able to recover from alcoholism. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Pastor Randall Robertson for that.
After getting my family situated in a church that they liked (West Park Fellowship), I was asked if I wanted to start up a men’s Celebrate Recovery step study group at West Park. I told Pastor Rob that I needed to finish up the few lessons that I had left before taking on the ministry. Pastor Rob suggested that I ask around at my College to see if anyone wanted to sponsor me. I asked around and Pastor Bubby was more than willing to sponsor me and to help me finish the lessons.
Pastor Bubby took me under his wing and guided me through the remaining lessons-it was a smooth ride to the finish line! God has a way of removing road blocks in his people’s lives if He sees fit to do so. I am here to tell you today that God has removed some major road blocks in my life through the avenue of Celebrate Recovery: Fist, people in my life – through Pastor Randall Robertson’s help with the individuals in my life, Second, through Pastor Bubby’s help with guiding me through the remaining lessons of the Celebrate Recovery step studies.
I finally was finished with all the lessons of the Celebrate Recovery Step study guide and was now at sponsor status. I could now be qualified to lead the men’s Celebrate Recovery step study group at West Park fellowship. With Pastor Bubby’s guidance, I was able to lead effectively through a shaking start with my group. Right now, along with Mike as my co-leader, we are 8 strong and going through our inventory….God is good!
It has been a year since I last used alcohol to escape from the pains in life. Working the steps has helped me tremendously to recover from alcoholism. Now, I am going through the steps again with my group to recover from gluttony. I wonder what the Lord will place on my heart to recover from the next go around with the Celebrate Recovery step studies.