By Virgie Rose
Thirteen individuals from the Natchitoches and Coushatta Celebrate Recovery (CR) groups attended the annual CR Summit (leadership training) recently. CR30 (as this one was called because the program has been in existence for 30 years) was held at the Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas.
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered twelve-step program that uses the Beatitudes as principles (ways to be happy) and the twelve steps (recognizing God as our Higher Power) with scripture verses for each one.
Each day began at 8:30 a.m. with praise and worship followed by talks. We took a break from 10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.. From 11 a.m. -1 p.m., we again worshipped and praised and listened to more speakers. From 1 p.m.-4 p.m., there were two breakout sessions that you could attend. Some of the subjects offered were anger, co-dependency and a mental health forum. From 4 p.m. -7 p.m., we again had worship and speakers and ended the day with a personal testimony.
Among the featured guests were The Skit Guys who are comedic artists, Hosanna Wong, a spoken word artist and Dr. Anita Phillips, a trauma therapist and host.
Speakers included, Rick Warren, co-founder of CR; Rodney Holmstrom; James Ackerman, whose talk was live-streamed to Angola Prison in Louisiana where individual on death row gave his life to Christ); Cheryl Baker, co-founder of CR, Johnny Baker; Mac and Mary Owens; Roger and Sarah Stanton and Andy Petry.
A highlight of the Summit was the ordination of Johnny Baker, son of John Baker, as the new leader of CR, following his father’s passing earlier this year.
In the thirty years since its inception, CR has impacted seven million lives all over the world through the completion of the in-depth step study it provides and is now in 35,000+ churches.
Attending a CR Summit is one of the best experiences of my life and has renewed my commitment to share more freely about how God can offer freedom from your hurts, hang-ups and habits if you will only let him.
The Natchitoches group meets at 6 p.m. on Mondays at First Baptist Church of Natchitoches. The Coushatta group meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Open Door Fellowship in Coushatta.