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Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ-centered recovery program.  It follows a 12-Step recovery program that integrates biblical principles to love, heal and educate hurting people.  CR helps people overcome their hurts, hang-ups and habits in a safe environment with people who love and support each other in their journey.  Most importantly, everyone will learn to trust God for their healing so they can experience a closer relationship with the only one, who can truly help them understand themselves – Jesus Christ.

Who is CR for?

Anyone and everyone struggling with life’s hurts, hang-ups or habits, whether they are a Christian or not.  CR is for everyone and all people.

What are Hurts, Hang-ups and Habits?

The “3Hs” can be broadly defined as anything that gets in the way of a fruitful relationship with Christ and other people and prevents us from living an overcoming life with Him.  People with hurts can be deeply interconnected, with habits origination from hang-ups or hurts, or they may have standalone issues.


Hurts represent people, places or events from our past (or present) that have left a negative mark on us.  It is a wound that still affects us despite our continued efforts to ignore or forget.  We may not even know that we have an underlying hurt, since we often repress these feelings as adults or the event(s) surrounding the source were too complex for us to understand.  A hurt typically originates from outside of us; things we had little or no control over.

Examples include:

  • Abuse

  • Unhealthy relationships

  • Crimes committed against us

  • Injustice we’ve suffered

  • Emotionally unavailable parents

  • Betrayal

  • Divorce


Hang-ups can be inappropriate or negative responses or reactions to situations in life. These may manifest as character defects or negative behavior patterns. They can reflect coping mechanisms that develop during childhood and were carried over into adulthood. They may also be a reflection of rebellious, selfish or proud attitudes.

Examples include:

  • Anger

  • Jealousy

  • Poor life decisions

  • Short temper

  • Sarcasm

  • Pride

  • Depression

  • Co-dependence

  • Road rage


Habits are repetitive actions or behaviors, most often associated with addictions.  Habitual activities are usually negative and can tear away from our walk with God.  These afflictions are obviously outward expressions of inner turmoil and underlying hurts.

Examples include:

  • Chemical addictions (drugs/alcohol/smoking)

  • Pornography/sexual addictions

  • Excessive exercise

  • Food addictions

  • Gambling

  • Shopping addiction

  • Online gambling

  • Lying

  • Cursing

Hurts, hang-ups and habits keep us in bondage.  CR is a unique discipleship program designed to love people with the truth and support them through their journey of being free. “We are all broken. We have all sinned. We have all missed the mark. We are all struggling with a hurt, habit or hang-up.” John Baker (program founder).

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