Celebrate Recovery is a Christian centered recovery program based on the 12-Steps of AA and the 8 Beatitudes. It is for anyone who has experienced many of life’s hurts, bad habits, and hang-ups. A hurt, habit, or hang-up is something that hinders our walk with God and with each other.

The Celebrate Recovery program was written by pastors Rick Warren (who wrote the book The Purpose Driven Life) and John Baker. In a group format we share our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another as we work on changing those habits in our lives that keep us from being a fully-functioning person which will then enhance our relationships with God and others. We receive God’s grace in overcoming our life problems. All of life’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups are addressed through the curriculum used in a group format. Groups may include: alcohol and drug addictions, adult children of alcoholics, anger groups, co-dependency, eating problems, sexual addictions such as pornography, food addictions, financial recovery, love and relationships addictions, and those who have experienced sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.

This recovery program is based on God’s Word, the Bible. When Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, he began by stating “Eight Ways to Be Happy.” Today we call them the Beatitudes. From a conventional viewpoint, most of these statements didn’t make sense. They sounded like contradictions. But when you fully understand what Jesus is saying, you’ll realize that these eight principles are God’s road to recovery, wholeness, growth, and spiritual maturity.

This recovery program is forward-looking. Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up and rehearsing painful memories over and over, Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future. Regardless of what has already happened, the solution is to start making wise choices now and depend on Christ’s power to help me make those changes.

This recovery program emphasizes personal responsibility. Instead of playing the “accuse and excuse” game of victimization, this program helps people face up to their own poor choices and deal with what they can do something about. We cannot control all that happens to us. But we can control how we respond to everything. That is a secret of happiness. When we stop wasting time fixing the blame, we have more energy to fix the problem. When you stop hiding your own faults and stop hurling accusations at others, then the healing power of Christ can begin working in your mind, will, and emotions.

Meeting Information:




McElwain Baptist Church
4445 Montevallo Road, Birmingham, AL 35213
Fridays 6:30pm