Registration for the Step Studies has closed.

When: Starts Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Childcare: Yes, $5/child or $10/family per week
Where: Stafford Crossing Campus
Study Guides: $20  
Childcare: Yes, $5/child or $10/family per week
What is a Step Study?
A Celebrate Recovery (CR) Step Study uses the 12 Steps and their related Scriptures as the Biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey through each of the steps in a confidential, gender specific group and is a safe place to work through your hurts, habits, and hang-ups.

What is Recovery?
In physical health, recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, habits and hang-ups are like an illness, in the step study you will learn tools to begin to move toward wholeness, to move from bondage to freedom in Christ, from self-reliance to deeper faith in Christ.

Who should participate in a CR Step Study?
A CR Step Study is for anyone struggling with life. If you’ve ever had a hurt, if you’ve ever had a hang-up in life, or maybe you’re struggling with a bad habit then a step study is for you.  
Have you ever felt:
  • Helpless and hopeless in your circumstances?
  • Overwhelmed and out of control—that your life was unmanageable?
  • Frustrated that you have failed again — for the “umpteenth” time?
  • So discouraged that it is hard to put one foot in front of the other one?
  • “I hate myself”?
  • Alone and crazy?
  • Embarrassed and ashamed that you can’t stop_______________? (you fill in the blank)
  • Faulty and that you are a failure?
  • Scared and paralyzed to do anything about “it”?
  • No one could possibly understand your situation?
  • You can’t tell anyone about _______?
  • If they knew that they would not like me. No one cares about the incredible pain I am in.
  • If you feel any of these things, you are not alone.

Do I need to be in Celebrate Recovery to come to the step study?
No prior Celebrate Recovery experience is necessary.

How long with the step study last?
The group will last 8-12 months

What is the difference between a CR Step Study and an AA 12 step programs?
The principle difference between AA (and other Twelve Step programs) and Celebrate Recovery is that Celebrate Recovery focuses on Jesus Christ as the true Higher Power and uses God's Word as the authority in relation to the Twelve Steps. The Twelve Steps have a Christian heritage as they were modeled after the Oxford Society. In order to reach people who would be offended by Jesus or the church, AA focused on a Higher Power. But Celebrate Recovery's 8 Principles to the Road to Recovery tie the Twelve Steps to Jesus Christ's teachings known as the Beatitudes given in The Sermon on the Mount.

What about a step study for ladies?
The Ladies' Step Study is full at this time. We hope to offer a ladies' group again in the future.
I still have questions. Please contact Debi Schuster for additional information.
 A “hurt” could be classified as any life experience that may have damaged your heart, some offense against you that crippled your ability to deal with the world in a healthy way. Something that may have twisted your view of yourself, God or others. Some common hurts Abandonment
  • Abandonment
  • Abortion
  •  Abused as a child, or by a spouse, employer, or the church
  • Adoption
  • Betrayal
  • Dysfunctional family (divorce, alcoholism, drug abuse, rage, etc.)
  • Neglect
  • Rape
  • Rejection
  • Same sex attraction
  • Cheating, affairs
  • Unforgiveness
“Habits” tend to be unhealthy patterns that often start as a perceived “remedy” for some problem in your life, but end up turning into a chronic bad behavior or addiction. Habits are the repeat, default scripts you run to when the going gets tough and continually lead to trouble in your life. Some common habits are:
  • Abusive behavior
  • Alcohol
  • Bitterness
  • Drugs
  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling
  • Gossip
  • Isolation
  • Lying
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual Integrity
  • Spending problems
  • Wasteful pursuits
  • Workaholism
  • Pornography addiction
“Hang-ups” are those road blocks that keep you from progressing further in God’s plan for your life. They are often shaped by warped thinking you may have developed as a child, or unhealthy attitude you may have adopted as a means of coping with life’s challenges. Here are some common hang-ups:
  • Anger
  • Anxiety, worry
  • Arrogance
  • Body image 
  • Bullying, bigotry
  • Codependency
  • Control 
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Greed, envy
  • Guilt (false) and/or shame
  • Lack of self-control
  • Lack of trust in God
  • Laziness
  • Materialism
  • People pleasing
  • Perfectionism
  • Pride