BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota church is starting a ministry that aims to offer a safe place for people who are recovering from addictions and other struggles.

The Celebrate Recovery community ministry at New Song Church in Bismarck is set to start Sept. 8, the Bismarck Tribune reported . Jill Becker, a member of the leadership team, attended training last year in North Carolina to learn how to start a Celebrate Recovery program.

“It doesn’t matter what your hurt is, your habit or your hang-up, the steps to healing and wholeness are really the same,” Becker said.

She and eight other leaders have since spent months preparing to launch the nondenominational ministry. Founded years ago at Saddleback Church in California, the ministry incorporates 12 steps similar to Alcoholics Anonymous and also features eight principles derived from the Bible.

The program is open to anyone and aims to help people affected by a range of issues, from abandonment to depression. The weekly program will start with a dinner and include a large group worship service with testimony and teaching on the eight principles or 12 steps.

The group is working to promote the ministry by bringing brochures to counselors, AA meetings, parole officers and others.

“This is a large support group that will happen every Friday night, hopefully indefinitely,” Becker said.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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