Recovery Ministries

Recovery Ministries

Make sure your church is reaching out to fallen people.

Note: Click What the Best Recovery Group Leaders Know to see a free article from this resource.

The gospel is all about the opportunity for every individual to experience restoration from sins and become reunited with Christ. One of the best ways churches can live out the gospel is by offering recovery ministries, such as support groups and counseling. These handouts will help your leaders to remember why recovery matters and gives tools to lead people into life change.

Bible Study

A Theology of Christian Recovery
17 teachings that distinguish the gospel from mere recovery.
By Michael Liimatta


Why Recovery Matters
Making churches safer places for fallen people
By Patti and Steve Cappa


Getting Started
Is your church ready to launch support groups?
By Randy Christian

Group Behavior
Determine if you know how members of a support group should relate to each other.
By Gateway Community Church

Case Study

Finding Your Niche After Recovery
How one Christian launched a ministry shaped by his struggles
By Suzanne Lewis-Johnson


Humility Before the Lord
Sometimes our lowest moments draw us closest to God.
Philip Yancey

What Jesus Had to Say About Recovery
Eight principles based on the Beatitudes.
By Rick Warren

How-To Articles

What the Best Recovery Group Leaders Know
Ten principles for successful recovery groups
Mark Whelchel

Helping Grieving People
Two strategies to help people who are stuck in their grief.
By Rodger Murchison

Linking Recovery and the Word
Four ways church leaders can help lead their people to restoration.
By Louis McBurney

Restoring Your Ministry
Four ways to recover from serious error
James D. Berkley


Local Church Models
Discovering your church's role in recovery
By Dale S. Ryan

Further Exploration

Retreat Plan

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