22 Characteristics of Recovery-Friendly Churches

  1. Recovery (from sin) is a resource for everybody – not just those who have addictions.
  2. There is ongoing promotion of recovery opportunities, with posters, printed announcements, emails, and announcements via slides during worship services.
  3. There are separate small-group options for men and women.
  4. There is a stated policy on confidentiality, and consequences for breaking confidence.
  5. Whole-person, Christ-centered recovery is promoted and discussed in community groups, Sunday School classes, and even sermons.
  6. One or more of the pastors oversee the church’s recovery ministry.
  7. Pastors are appropriately transparent about their own personal recovery.
  8. The church has a referral network of Christian professionals in the area.
  9. The church sponsors a counseling ministry, either in part or in full.
  10. The church makes professional counseling services available for free, on a sliding scale basis, or at a discount for those who cannot afford therapy.
  11. The recovery ministry offers...
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