Celebrate Recovery

You may be thinking that recovery is just for people with alcohol or drug problems. The truth is that only one third of the people attending Celebrate Recovery (CR) are dealing with chemical dependencies.

Many of us have created ungodly and unhealthy methods for handling life. Regardless of your struggle, whether it's emotional, relational, financial, spiritual, sexual or whatever, Celebrate Recovery will teach you to make the healing choices that will help you become the person God created you to be. If you have hurt that haunts your heart, hang-ups that cause you pain or habits that have messed up your life Celebrate Recovery is the place for you.


How it started?

Celebrate Recovery started 1991 at Saddleback Church. At that time the church was meeting at a high school gymnasium. After John Baker was unable to share openly about Jesus Christ in his secular recovery meetings and was uncomfortable sharing about his struggle with alcohol in his men’s Bible study, John wrote Pastor Rick the now famous concise 13-page single space letter outlining the vision God had given him for Celebrate Recovery. Pastor Rick said, “Great John, do it.”

The first night 45 people showed up and Celebrate Recovery was born. With only four groups, men’s and women’s chemical dependency and men’s and women’s codependency, the ministry has grown from those four groups to the twenty open share groups we have today. Thousands of people have gone through the workbooks and are now serving in CR and the church. Celebrate Recovery has become the number one outreach at Saddleback Church, with over 70% of its members come from outside
the church.

The first ten years were the birth stage of Celebrate Recovery and now God is calling us to take it to the World. There are now thousands of groups around the world and growing. We are part of a movement that is bringing hurting and broken in the Church to the healing power of Jesus Christ.


The purpose of Journey South Bay's Celebrate Recovery ministry is to fellowship and celebrate God´s healing power in our lives through the "8 Recovery Principles." This experience allows us to "be changed." We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God´s grace in solving our lives´ problems. By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power - Jesus Christ, the one and only true Higher Power.

For more information about Journey South Bay's Celebrate Recovery, send us an e-mail or call us at (310) 947-2938 (extension 2 for Men and extension 3 for Women).


Currently Sunday night Celebrate Recovery meetings are on hiatus during church renovations, with exception to on-going step study. For questions or more information call (310) 947-2938 (extension 2 for Men and extension 3 for Women).

Is it a safe place?

Celebrate Recovery is a place where you can...
 - share, find refuge, belong
- give and receive caring
- practice respect
- be assured of confidentiality
- take off your mask
- find an accountability partner
- grow strong again
- learn vital life lessons
- dare to take healthy risks
- decide to change your life

The issues' group is not a place where you can practice selfish control of others, get therapy, keep secrets, look for dating partners, judge others, or find a quick fix.

Why it works

Perhaps you are wondering why Celebrate Recovery is so successful in hundreds of places across the land. There are three reasons why this approach is special:

1. Jesus Christ is the "Higher Power".
2. Issue Groups are led by real people who have been through recovery with Him.
3. The Principles and methods applied are built upon Biblical truths.

Who needs it?

Anyone can participate in Celebrate Recovery:

- Anyone ready to start a new life
- The churched and the un-churched
- Men and women
- The addicted and their families
- The guilty, sad, or compulsive
- Anyone in need of recovery

Meeting Information
Currently Sunday night Celebrate Recovery meetings are on hiatus during church renovations, with exception to on-going step study.

For questions or more information call (310) 947-2938 (extension 2 for Men and extension 3 for Women).


Men's Celebrate Recovery
Dave Sudduth, (310) 562-2565

Women's Celebrate Recovery
Belinda, (310) 989-0112