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Newcomer/Invite

Obviously at this time, Newcomers will likely come through an inquiry about your local CR via your website, by email, or by calling your church. Our recommendation is to have a same gender leader call the newcomer once or twice a week to talk and get to know the person and to cover Newcomer 101-type information before inviting them to a group (don’t leave a voicemail unless you’ve tried calling unsuccessfully a few times, then just say your name and that you’d like them to call you back, for confidentiality do not state you are calling from CR or the church).



on Monday March 30
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Great Question! Ultimately, you as the ML are the one to make the call as to when to invite someone new into the groups. Our suggestion to have you or a leader talk with a newcomer once or twice a week for a short time first is simply 1) to allow your leaders and current participants to become acclimated to using zoom and meeting in this new and temporary way of doing groups 2) to give you/the leader time to put the newcomer at ease before jumping into groups that feel even more intimate than they would at your local church CR and 3) to determine the safety level of the newcomer. In this non-traditional setting, that we are doing our very best to make as safe as is possible, there is still the potential of someone being unsafe. None of us has ever done anything like this before, we are in an unprecedented situation, and we just don't know the unknowns at this point. So, we are just trying to do our due diligence. As I know you are as well. Pray, talk with your TEAM and pastor, and do your best. Blessings!

on Tuesday March 31
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Of course! Many participants attend several meetings a week for additional support and accountability. This will be even more necessary during this difficult time.



on Monday March 30
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I would treat anyone what has not been involved in CR as a newcomer, so this would include inviting people from other programs. Our suggestion for dealing with Newcomers is to have the Ministry Leader or a Leader from your CR (same gender) contact the persona have a "Newcomers 101-type" discussion, going over the different aspects of CR in general, and the protocol for the Crisis Response groups, and to get to know the person a little bit, before inviting them to join one of the groups.

You can tell a newcomer that we ask everyone to introduce themselves as a believer (if they are, no pressure to identify as a believer if they are not), and that they struggle with (alcohol, etc.)." If they are not a believer they can just say, "My name is ___, and I struggle with ___." Let them know we do not say "I am (an alcoholic, etc.) because we are not identified by our struggle, but by Jesus.

on Thursday April 02
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You must get in contact with your local Celebrate Recovery to get invites/ID numbers. They are sent directly to those invited to the group, rather than published publicly to protect the safety of the groups. If you are not yet connected to a local CR, go to celebraterecovery.com, click on CR Groups>Find a Group to search for CRs in your area.

on Monday April 06
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If you do not hear back from them, please contact your local State Rep for help. Go to celebraterecovery.com and click on CR Groups>Find your State Rep for contact information. 

on Saturday April 11
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First, praise God for your days sober! That is so awesome! And I am so glad you are ready to move forward and connect to a CRCR Open Share group!

The reason we require an invitation is, in short, we want to keep the groups as safe as is possible. To explain in more details, one of the points of the DNA of Celebrate Recovery (basic minimum requirements to use the CR name) is there are no online groups. Our stance that online groups are not safe still stands, we are just doing our best to make them as safe as is possible to allow some level of sharing at this time. So, we decided to temporarily allow online groups because of the stay-at-home restrictions during the pandemic, with added guidelines and training on implementing security measures when using zoom, our preferred platform. This includes sending invitations directly to participants from local Ministry Leaders and Open Share Leaders, as posting them publicly would allow potential predators and people with wrong motives into the groups. When the leader first reaches out to newcomer, they will go over "Newcomers 101" type information (which is a one-time class we offer at CR even when we are meeting face-to-face at churches that explains a little bit about CR and what to expect, and gives some time for the leaders to get to know the participant.) For more info on security and safety, please see the FAQs in the "Security and Settings" section. 

on Tuesday April 14
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No. Each Celebrate Recovery ministry has their own Newcomers 101 process during this time. Please contact your local CR to find out how to get connected as a newcomer. Go to celebraterecovery.com and click on CR Groups>Find a Group to search for CRs in your area. If you have any problems, you can also click on CR Groups>Find your State Rep to contact the Rep in your area for help. 

on Wednesday April 22
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Welcome from Singapore! This is definitely possible right now. However, do keep in mind that online groups will go away once the restrictions related to COVID-19 are lifted. So, the best thing to do is get connected to a group that is local to you that you would be able to attend later on. For international groups, please contact Richard Cobb, our International Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If there are no groups in your area, you can find CR groups in other countries by checking out the websites listed at https://www.celebraterecovery.com/about/cr-ministries/cr-international, and groups in the United States by going to celebraterecovery.com>CR Groups>Find a group to find groups that are doing CRCR Online Open Share Groups. If you end up connecting with a group outside of your local area, please still contact Richard Cobb. He can assist in possibly getting a group started in your area, so you'll have somewhere to go once the restrictions are lifted and the online groups end. 

on Tuesday May 05
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