Group Charter Information

    • Christians in Recovery® (CIR) is a part of the 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization TechMission. 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.

Christians in Recovery no longer requires charters for a local group to start meeting. Groups may use the trademarked term “Christians in Recovery” as long as they give credit to Susan Brennan for the writing of the CIR materials.

A church, rescue mission or other Christian organization may serve as sponsor for local groups. We recommend that the director be a Christian with at least one year of recovery, subscribe to our Doctrinal Statement, and be in good standing both in their local church and in the community. The main Christians in Recovery® organization 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 maintain the free resources on the website at

Each local group may vary its meetings in activity and format. We recommend that meetings 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.

12 Steps of Christians in Recovery

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 remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
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 message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Christians in Recovery Creed

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 my acceptance of Him as my Savior, I am a new person. ( 2 Corinthians 5:17)

Because the presence of God is manifested through continued prayer, I will set aside regular periods each day for communion with my Heavenly Father. I realize my need for daily Bible reading and will use it as a guide for my 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)