Church expands to offer addiction recovery program
by FRED PACE
MADISON — New Hope Southern Baptist Church on Main Street in downtown Madison is planning to offer a Christ-centered recovery program for people dealing with various addictions and personal problems.
The church has been doing a lot of renovation and recently expanded its facilities.
“It’s going to be a month or two before we get our building completed and in order, but we know that addictions are hurting our youth, families and our community,” said the church Pastor John Harden.
The program, Celebrate Recovery, is an ongoing ministry. Meeting times and dates have yet to be scheduled.
“It’s basically a 12-step recovery program for people who are in recovery from addictions, from alcohol to drugs to co-dependency,” Small said. “We want to address any and all addictions. So, it is really going to expand from there to sexual addiction, which would include pornography and other things. It’s kind of a holistic approach, it’s a biblical approach. It takes people from anywhere they are, whatever they’re addicted to, and through the program holds them accountable and sets them free from addiction.”
Other addictions include smoking, eating and “any sort of addictive behavior,” Harden said.
“We like to label certain kinds of behavior, but really, any behavior that controls us is an addictive behavior,” Harden added.
Participants go through the traditional 12 steps, but the methodology is Christ-centered rather than the generic “higher power” that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) employs, Harden said.
Small said his church wanted to do the Celebrate Recovery program because many people in the community, especially today’s youth, have addictions.
“Really, it’s a ministry that we have opened up it to the community, to help people in the community,” he said.
Counseling will be as well, Harden said.
Celebrate Recovery is the brainchild of California pastor John Baker, whose church, Saddleback Community Church, has been using it for about 10 years. Baker oversees the program but Rick Warren is the pastor of the church. Celebrate Recovery is now used in 800 churches nationwide.
For more information on Celebrate Recovery at New Hope Southern Baptist Church, stop by the church on Main Street in downtown Madison, just past the Coal Museum and Boone Heritage & Arts Center.
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