New Group Charter Information
- Christians in Recovery® (CIR) is 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization. CIR is not intended to replace Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-anon, or any other support group. The focus of Christians in Recovery is to provide a safe group environment where recovering individuals who have recognized Jesus Christ as their “Higher Power” can gather together and share their struggles and their victories. Learn more about Christians in Recovery® here: http://christians-in-recovery.org
CIR provides the following services to local chartered CIR groups:
** Handling of all correspondence and inquiries directed to Christians in Recovery
** Issuing of annually renewable charters to qualified local groups.
** Development and distribution of literature and other resource materials offered to
** Maintenance of the Christians in Recovery web site: http://christians-in-recovery.org
** Ongoing promotion of the Christians in Recovery program.
** Regular communication with chartered groups.
Starting a new Christians in Recovery group
To establish and maintain affiliation with Christians in Recovery, individual groups must file an application for an annually renewable charter. The name “Christians in Recovery” is trademarked and may not be used by any individual, group or organization unless they have a current charter. Each group designates a contact person who is responsible for communication with CIR Headquarters. This individual must be a Christian with at least one year of recovery, subscribe to our Doctrinal Statement, and be in good standing both in his/her local church and in the community. A church, rescue mission or other Christian organization may serve as sponsor for local groups. Christians in Recovery ® does not seek to exercise control over affiliated groups, but rather encourages them to function independently within their own communities.
Each group is responsible for its own meeting(s) as well as all interactions and agreements entered into and associated with their individual meetings. The role of the head office of Christians in Recovery is solely to handle correspondence and inquiries directed to Christians in Recovery headquarters, to issue annually renewable charters to groups, to provide group materials, to act as a central contact uniting the
network of affiliated groups and to maintain the web site: http://christians-in-recovery.org.
Each local group may vary its meetings in activity and format. Meetings should be kept simple, usually no more than ninety minutes in length, with a time of fellowship and refreshments to follow. While meetings may open with a brief teaching, CIR is intended to function as a support group and not as a Bible Study.
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and dysfunctional behaviors and that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that God, a Power greater than ourselves, could restore us to sanity and stability.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as revealed in the Bible.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God rem ove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcom ings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make am ends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as revealed in the Bible, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this m essage to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
I realize that I cannot overcome my addiction and dysfunctional behavior by myself. I believe that the power of Jesus Christ is available to help me. I believe that through m y acceptance of Him as m y Savior, I am a new person. ( 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Because the presence of GOD is manifested through continued prayer, I will set aside two periods every day, morning and evening, for communion with my Heavenly father. I realize my need for daily Bible reading and use it as a guide for m y daily living. (Psalm 27:11-15)
I recognize my need of Christian fellowship and will, therefore, have fellowship with Christians through the church of my choice. I know that in order to be victorious, I must keep active in the service of Christ and His Church and I will help others to victory. (Hebrews 10:23-25)
I can be victorious because I know that GOD’s strength is sufficient to supply all my needs. (Philippians 4:19)