Celebrate Recovery DNA

The DNA of an authentic Celebrate Recovery Ministry

The DNA of an authentic Celebrate Recovery Ministry


In a desire to protect the integrity of the broader ministry, Celebrate Recovery requires that if you use the Celebrate Recovery name, the following are an irreducible minimum of your program.

1. Jesus Christ is the one and only Higher Power. The program is a Christ-centered ministry.

2. The Bible* and Celebrate Recovery curriculum consisting of the Celebrate Recovery Program KitLeader’s GuideThe Journey BeginsThe Journey ContinuesAdvanced Leadership Training KitCelebrate Recovery LessonsCelebrate Recovery Program BundleYour First Steps to Celebrate RecoveryLife’s Healing ChoicesThe Road to FreedomCelebrate Recovery Daily DevotionalCelebrate Recovery Devotional BookletCelebrate Recovery JournalCelebrate Recovery Prayer JournalTestimonies to GoTestimonies to Go: Special Edition with John and Cheryl BakerNever Let GoSenior Pastor Support DVDWorship DVDsCelebrate Recovery Words DVDCelebrate Recovery Visual KitThe Landing, and Celebration Place are to be used exclusively. The Large Group lessons are taught from the Leader’s Guide, keeping at least the acrostic and the Scriptures as the key points in the lessons. This is to keep consistency within groups, allowing teachers to be creative with the introduction and conclusion of each lesson.

3. The ministry is “group based.” All groups are gender-specific and “The Five Small Group Guidelines” are implemented and followed every time.

4. No Celebrate Recovery online groups are permitted. Face-to-face meetings only. Also no CR lessons are to be posted online via Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo or any other public forum as this is a copyright violation.

5. We expect each group to be accountable to Christ, the local church, and the model of Celebrate Recovery established at Saddleback Church.

6. Celebrate Recovery is a ministry of the local church. Therefore, Celebrate Recovery will not attempt to dictate any doctrine or policy to a local church. A local Celebrate Recovery ministry should follow the policies of their local church and continue to be grateful for their continued support.

A church or organization may decide to use Celebrate Recovery curriculum and mix it with other materials, or programs. This is certainly up to their discretion. HOWEVER, they are prohibited from using the Celebrate Recovery name.

Items produced for commercial sale using the Celebrate Recovery name or any part of the Celebrate Recovery curriculums is strictly prohibited. This is a trademark and copyright violation.

*We strongly encourage the use of the Celebrate Recovery Study Bible. It is the only Bible that directly corresponds to the Celebrate Recovery curriculum. We designed the Celebrate Recovery Study Bible to work with the resources developed and tested in the national and international ministry of Celebrate Recovery.

Twelve Steps


Small Group Rules


Eight Principles


Value of CR Name


Serenity Prayer