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One of the reasons Celebrate Recovery® exists is to help people develop deep, meaningful relationships. If we could change our lives on our own—without the help of God and other people—none of us would have any problems!
Celebrate Recovery is structured around small groups to help people find healing in the context of authentic community. To strengthen the small group component of your ministry, consider the following nine building blocks:
Frequency - Group - While - People - Group
1. Frequency: A healthy small group doesn’t just meet every once in a while. Your people need to make group attendance a habit. You don’t do habits occasionally, you do them frequently. That’s why you must emphasize consistent attendance in your recovery groups.
2. Authenticity: Many people who attend CR understand the importance of being real. Accountability is only as healthy as it is honest. A small group is characterized by authenticity when people admit their weaknesses, share their struggles, and acknowledge their failures. This isn’t easy! Most of our relationships are superficial; to change lives, this can’t be the case for your small groups.
Mutuality - Group - Everyone - Growth - Person
3. Mutuality: In a healthy small group, everyone is committed to one another’s growth. When one person wins, the whole group wins. Mutuality displays a genuine, unselfish desire to see one another take significant steps forward. Without mutuality, a person in a group becomes bitter over another person’s success.
4. Sympathy: Sympathy is an extension of mutuality. Not only do we need to celebrate the successes, but we also need to share the burdens. When we’re in pain, we need support from others, and that is what a small group is all about.
Humility - Pride - Relationships - Ways - Distance
5. Humility: Pride destroys relationships in two ways: First, it creates distance from others, communicating, “I don’t need you.” Second, pride devalues others, saying, “I’m better than you.” A healthy small group is filled with humble people. 1...
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