In a desire to protect the integrity of the broader ministry, Celebrate Recovery requires
that if you use the Celebrate Recovery name, the following are an irreducible minimum of
your program.

The DNA of an authentic Celebrate Recovery Ministry

1. Jesus Christ is the one and only Higher Power. The program is a Christcentered
2. The Bible* and Celebrate Recovery curriculum consisting of the Leader’s Guide,
The Journey Begins, The Journey Continues, Your First Steps to Celebrate Recovery,
Life’s Healing Choices, Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional, Celebrate Recovery
Journal, The Landing, and Celebration Place are to be used exclusively. The Large
Group lessons are taught from the Leader’s Guide, keeping at least the acrostic
and the Scriptures as the key points in the lessons. This is to keep consistency
within groups, allowing teachers to be creative with the introduction and
conclusion of each lesson.
3. The ministry is “group based.” All groups are gender-specific and “The Five Small
Group Guidelines” are implemented and followed every time.
4. No Celebrate Recovery online groups are permitted. Face-to-face meetings only.
5. We expect each group to be accountable to Christ, the local church, and the
model of Celebrate Recovery established at Saddleback Church.
6. Celebrate Recovery is a ministry of the local church. Therefore, Celebrate
Recovery will not attempt to dictate any doctrine or policy to a local church. A
local Celebrate Recovery ministry should follow the policies of their local church
and continue to be grateful for their continued support.

A church or organization may decide to use the Celebrate Recovery® curriculum and mix it with other materials, or other programs, which is certainly up to their discretion. HOWEVER, they are prohibited from using the Celebrate Recovery® name.