I’ve been looking for a support group I could start going to in order to work through some of my “hurts, hang-ups and habits.” I figured that finding a Celebrate Recovery group would be a good fit.
I am big fan of Celebrate Recovery, purpose-driven, and Rick Warren. So I was kind of excited to find a group.
There aren’t a ton of groups around here, but I found a few. One of the churches running Celebrate Recovery is a really good church that I know and is about 45 minutes away both from where I am staying this summer with family as well as where I hope to be in the fall back up in the Hartford/Manchester area. I know the pastor a little bit and the church has a great reputation so I figured it would be a good fit.
As a courtesy, I contacted the pastor first. I figured it was better to talk to him in advance and explain my situation, before just showing up at a meeting.
In our telephone conversation it became very clear that I would not be welcomed at their group and should look somewhere else. I have to tell you, the idea of somehow not being allowed to a Celebrate Recovery group — which by design is really for all people, whatever the issue — was pretty hurtful.
Now in defense of Celebrate Recovery, I actually think Rick Warren would be pretty angry to hear about this… so I don’t blame the program.
Another experience of rejection by a church at a time where it really wasn’t needed…