If anyone ever asks what I do at Southland, I tell them I’m a Care Pastor on the Care Team. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, “Aren’t all pastors supposed to care?” Good question. And I think most do, yes. But our team has the unique privilege of helping our church respond to innumerable needs through prayer, counseling, hospital visits, funerals, support groups, recovery groups… I could go on.
We have a saying around our team: We just want to take great care of people. When people approach us with a need, we don’t see them as needy. We see them as courageous.
Some of the most courageous and authentic people I know are those who have become part of our Celebrate Recovery community. Many people associate the word recovery with alcohol or drug addiction. The truth is we all have some hurt, habit or hang up that bogs us down. While Celebrate Recovery boldly offers hope for those struggling with addictions, it also helps provide a way to freedom for people like me and my friends… through a Christ-centered, 12-step journey.
“Hi. My name is Greg, I’m a grateful believer in Jesus Christ and I struggle with people pleasing, perfectionism and jealousy.”
What I love about Celebrate Recovery is that nobody judges me based on my struggles.
We’re excited to announce that the Care Team is launching a new Celebrate Recovery at Southland’s Richmond Road campus on Tuesday, May 14, at 6 pm. Every week we’ll gather for a meal together in the Café, followed by a time of worship through music and either a teaching or someone sharing their story. After that, we move to gender-specific small groups where we can safely share and listen to others talk about their struggles and journey of healing. After our group time, we enjoy some dessert and coffee before heading home.
Come join me and others on the road to healing and wholeness every Tuesday night beginning Tuesday, May 14. And by the way, there are no perfect people allowed.