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Step Studies

No, we are not doing step studies at this time. In step studies there is even deeper sharing than in open share groups, so we want to see how open share groups go before even considering step studies. As an alternative, you can do the CRCR Open Share format with your step study group to stay connected.



on Monday March 30
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Not at this time. We are just working on Open Share groups at this time, seeing how it goes and working out as many kinks as we can. Our stance that online groups are unsafe has not changed, we are simply trying our best to offer something during this pandemic and doing all we can to make the online groups as safe as is possible in the situation. There is always risk involved in doing anything online (hackers are a reality and happening right now in video meetings) and since there is even deeper, more personal sharing that happens in Step Studies, we feel it is simply to unsafe to allow them to happen online.

on Monday March 30
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No, not at this time. However, there is a one-on-one option, ONLY if you are near the end of your step study. Please see the question that begins with, "Since we cannot do on line step studies, or meet in person, even one on one - what are most people doing about their Step Studies?..."

on Thursday April 02
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No, online step studies are not allowed at this time. And yes, there is always a risk for compromised safety and confidentiality with any online groups. This is why our stance has not changed that online groups are unsafe. At this time we are allowing CRCR Open Share groups only, and are doing all we can to make them as safe as is possible with additional guidelines and giving information and training on settings that can help increase security, but they will never be fully safe. This is why we are not allowing online Step Study groups at this time, due to the deeper and more personal sharing in these groups we feel the risk is too great. 

on Thursday April 02
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Most people are in fact putting them on hold at this time. Those who are not are not following DNA. Regarding just doing one-on-one phone calls, the best practice for this would still be to wait until you can meet face-to-face and all be together, as the purpose of meeting together in a group to go through a Step Study is that you're growing together. Ultimately you will all get the greatest benefit from waiting for that. Basically, what is the benefit of "wrapping it up" just for the sake of getting it done, especially when you can still meet together to do a CRCR Open Share group for connection, encouragement, and sharing? That being said, only for those who are near the end of their step study like your group is, you can do one-on-one calls to go over questions in the same manner as you would when you were meeting face-to-face and might call each other to make up questions you might have missed. But only one-on-one, and I will stress that I have always said in those circumstances not to use Face Time/video for this unless using headphones and being alone somewhere, just as we are doing for the CRCR open share groups. 

on Saturday April 04
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No, step studies are NOT allowed at this time, and this is DNA from the model at Saddleback Church. If this does change, the FAQs will be changed to reflect this. However, because of the deeper, more personal sharing in Step Studies, as well as risks that are always associated with online groups, we may not allow this at any point. We are doing our best to keep the CRCR open share groups as safe as is possible, but this may be all we allow to get us through this time. So, PLEASE inform whoever has told you differently that this is not true and could jeopardize your church's use of the CR name.

on Monday April 06
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This will be a case-by-case decision. Each ministry/step study group will need to evaluate the best course of action for each group. We suggest doing the CRCR open share groups or online bible study with your step study participants, which may help keep the cohesiveness/trust high and may also cause some to fall away that will not continue anyway. Of course, it will be easier for a group that had not gotten very far to start over (for example the group that only finished book 1). This will be one of the criteria to consider. For those who have completed book 2, this can actually be a very good time to work on moral inventory, as long as the participants are supporting each other and staying in contact. 

on Monday April 06
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I'm so glad you are utilizing the different safety measures to keep your CRCR groups as safe as possible! There are several concerns. I'll list just a few here. First, "zoombombing" has been happening where hackers are getting in to online meetings. While zoom is working to correct some of the security concerns, including changing their default settings, and we have put out videos and documents to help users increase security with additional settings, there will never be a time when doing groups online are as safe as face-to-face meetings. There have also been recordings of meetings released. Again, while we have asked all not to record meetings (and to turn off the ability to record in the settings), there is no guarantee of this not happening. Also, people have all different levels of beliefs about the need to be "so strict" about headphones, or being alone in the room and some may decide to ignore this guideline or be less diligent in their homes. What it comes down to is that there are too many variable that cannot be controlled in an online/home meeting environment. I completely understand that when you trust each other and have bonded you feel there is no concern, but this doesn't mean there is nothing to be concerned about. Sharing in a step study is just much deeper and more personal and we are not willing to take the risk. It's like this, just because it's not likely I will ever get in a serious car accident in my life, doesn't mean I don't wear my seatbelt every time I get in the car. It's not worth the risk not to. We recommend you do CRCR open share zoom meeting with your Step Study group to stay connected and to support each other through this time. 

on Tuesday April 07
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Just like everyone else, we are taking things pretty much day-by-day, week-by-week. So, we are simply saying no step studies at this time, without a long-term plan, and we continue to talk through things. We have allowed the CRCR Open Share groups to offer at least something for connection and sharing, with added guidelines and offered training and documents to help keep these groups as safe as is possible at this time. However, we have not allowed step studies because we still feel online groups are not safe, and security issues that have come up during this time only validates our stance. In step studies the sharing is much deeper and more personal and therefore we are not willing at this time to take the risk to safety and security with this level of sharing. We even recommend that for the Open Share groups to keep your deepest sharing for one-on-one phone calls. Please read the other questions and answers in the Step Studies section for ideas regarding Step Studies. 

on Thursday April 16
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Contact CRs in your area to find out if they are holding CRCR online Open Share Groups. Go to celebraterecovery.com and click on CR Groups>Find a Group to search for a CR near you. If you have any problems, click on CR Groups>Find your State Rep to contact the Rep for your area for help.

on Sunday April 19
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As our stance has not changed about online groups not being safe, but also feeling the need for some way to connect and share, at least on some level, we have temporarily allowed the CRCR groups. However, as you said sharing can still be deep in open share groups, we have also said we would suggest saving deep sharing for one-on-one phone calls with your support people at this time, using the CRCR open share groups for less intense, personal sharing and connection. It may very well be that we do not determine at any time during the restrictions to allow online step studies, as we continue to weigh whether the risk is worth it if/when restrictions continue. 

Please see recommendations/options for Studies in the Step Studies FAQ section.

on Thursday April 23
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At what point each local CR begins to meet again face-to-face, whether it be just for small groups, such as Open Share Groups and Step Studies, and/or CR Large Groups, will be up to the local group based on the National, state, and local church policies. We have made decisions only regarding allowing CRCR Online Open Share Groups and not allowing online Step Studies, since part of our DNA states no online groups.

However, we have never made decisions about policy regarding when and how groups may meet face-to-face. This has been the case all along, as there have been groups who have allowed groups smaller than 10 to meet face-to-face with social distancing the entire time and so have continued their Step Studies. Other groups have decided to have no face-to-face groups at all, with some offering CRCR Open Share groups, and others deciding not to and encouraging one-on-one phone calls with their support system instead. 

on Wednesday April 29
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No, Step Studies are not allowed online at this time. Please see more detailed information in the Step Studies section on this page. 

on Friday May 01
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Celebrate Recovery National has stated policy for online meetings only. When a local CR decides to begin meeting again for Large group or Open Share/Step Study groups is up to the local church leadership. So, if you church is allowing outdoor meetings, please feel free to meet with your group, following their policies and protocol. 

on Sunday May 17
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