The Value of Using The Celebrate Recovery® Name

The Celebrate Recovery
Trademark Statement –
DNA of Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery desires to be a network of like-minded, Bible-based, Christ-centered recovery
ministries. This growing network crosses denominational and cultural boundaries to help hurting
people in our churches and communities.
There are many benefits of using the Celebrate Recovery name. Here are just a few:
Your ministry is part of an international movement to bring Christ-centered,
Bible-based recovery to the world. As a genuine Celebrate Recovery ministry, you
join a network of thousands of other local Celebrate Recovery ministries reaching
people for Christ. At the same time, you are helping others break free from their
hurts, hang-ups, and habits.
Your ministry has the support and partnership of the Celebrate Recovery National
Team, as well as assistance from your Regional Directors and State Reps. These
individuals work to help your ministry succeed.
Your ministry has access to the materials and resources from Saddleback Church
that are proven and invaluable tools in recovery.
Your ministry is validated in your church and community by being associated with
Celebrate Recovery.
Any Celebrate Recovery ministry that is adhering to the DNA of an authentic
Celebrate Recovery is listed with the other Celebrate Recovery programs on the
official Celebrate Recovery website.

It is our desire for each local Celebrate Recovery ministry to have a clear and consistent character
that identifies it as a genuine part of the Celebrate Recovery movement. At the same time, each
ministry maintains its own creative distinctions of its local ministry and church.

To illustrate, here’s an example of what it means to have consistency while allowing for creativity.
A McDonald’s® restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, may have a Western theme and a McDonald’s
in Orlando, Florida, may have a Mickey Mouse® theme. Nevertheless, you can be sure that when
you order a “Big Mac®,” it will taste the same at both locations. Our desire is that no matter where
a Newcomer attends a Celebrate Recovery meeting, they will experience the same quality content
and program to find God’s healing from their hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

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 Christ-centered
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 Celebrate Recovery curriculum and mix it with other
materials, or programs. This is certainly up to their discretion. HOWEVER, they are prohibited from
using the Celebrate Recovery name.
Items produced for commercial sale using the Celebrate Recovery name or any part of the
Celebrate Recovery curriculums is strictly prohibited. This is a trademark and copyright violation.
*We strongly encourage the use of the Celebrate Recovery Study Bible. It is the only Bible
that directly corresponds to the Celebrate Recovery curriculum. We designed the Celebrate
Recovery Study Bible to work with the resources developed and tested in the national and
international ministry of Celebrate Recovery.