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The International Christian Recovery Coalition is an informal, international fellowship comprised of Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena, together with Christians in recovery and others seeking the power and love of God as a means of recovering from the ravages of alcoholism, addictions, and other life-controlling problems.

Our Mission Statement

Mission Statement: "To glorify God by: (1) sharing accurate information with Christian leaders, workers, newcomers, and other participants in the recovery arena about the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.'s astonishing successes; and (2) showing Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena how they can substantially enhance their effectiveness by including in their recovery efforts the ‘old-school’ principles and practices of First Century Christianity employed by the Christian pioneers of early Alcoholics Anonymous and the Christian Recovery Movement.”


International Christian Recovery Coalition
We Christians in the Recovery Arena Are Not Alone”
www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com

Who We Are

An informal, worldwide fellowship of Christians who care about carrying an accurate, effective, message about the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible played in the origins, history, founding, original program, and astonishing successes of the early Alcoholics Anonymous “Christian fellowship” founded in Akron in 1935. And who also inform others about the role that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible can play today among those who want God’s help in overcoming, and reducing the impact of, alcoholism, addictions, and other life-controlling problems—and who are willing to go to any length to believe, seek, receive, and pass along the long-held good news about the power and love of Almighty God. Telling others the words that Peter spoke:


Acts 10:38-39a (KJV):
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
And we are witnesses of all things which he did . . .

 

Acts 4:9, 10, 12 (KJV):
If we this day be examined of the good deed done unto the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
Be it known unto you all, and  to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Where We Are

In many parts of the world.

What Does It Cost to Be Listed as a Participant

$0.00. It's free. No charge!

How To Join

Send your name and regular mail address (and affiliation or ministry, if desired) to:

Dick B.

PO Box 837

Kihei, HI 96753-0837

Or call Dick B., the Executive Director of the Coalition at (808) 874-4876

Or send Dick B. an email message at DickB@DickB.com

This Is Your Invitation to Participate!

In His Service,

Richard G. Burns, J.D., CDAAC
Executive Director, International Christian Recovery Coalition
Main Office: Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
U.S. mainland office: Huntington Beach, California


Announcing!

Dick B. and Ken B.’s Newest Title:

Stick with the Winners!

How to Conduct
More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings

Using Conference-Approved Literature:

A Dick B. Guide
for Christian Leaders and Workers in the Recovery Arena

(Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012)

Contents

Introduction: “Old-School” Christian Recovery
Ch. 1:   Resources for “Old-School” 12 Step Recovery Meetings
Ch. 2:   Conference-Approved Literature Foundations
Ch. 3:   The Real Akron A.A. Program
Ch. 4:   16 Key Practices of the Real Akron A.A. Program
Ch. 5:   “Old-School” A.A. and First Century Christianity
Ch. 6:   “Old-School” Elements That Can Be Used Today
Ch. 7:   How to Conduct “Old-School” Recovery Meetings
Conclusion

Available on www.DickB.com for only $9.95 NOW!
(Just scroll down the center column of the www.DickB.com front page.)


Announcing!

Dick B. and Ken B.’s New 27-Video Class:

Stick with the Winners!

Video

                                        Title

00 Introductory Video for the “Stick with the Winners!” Class
01 Where to Begin with a Newcomer
02 Show the Newcomer That the Cure of Alcoholism Was Not Something New from A.A.
03 The Vermont Youth of Dr. Bob and Bill W. Set the Stage for Early A.A.’s Emphasis on God, His Son Jesus Christ, the Bible, Prayer, Conversion, and Witness
04 How Bill W. Got Sober by Turning to God
05 How Dr. Bob Got Sober by Turning to God
06 How A.A. Number Three, Bill D., Got Sober by Turning to God
07 A Summary of How the Original “Old-School” A.A. Program Was Developed
08 Frank Amos’ Seven-Point Summary of the Original Akron A.A. Program
09 Part One: Practices One through Eight of the 16 Practices of “Old-School” A.A. in Akron
10 Part Two: Practices Nine through 16 of the 16 Practices of “Old-School” A.A. in Akron
11a The 75% and 93% Success Rates of Early A.A. (Part 1/Video 1—got interrupted)
11b The 75% and 93% Success Rates of Early A.A. (Part 2/Video 2—conclusion)
12 Part One: Groups One through Seven of the Resources about the “Old-School” A.A. Program Available Today
13 Part Two: Groups Eight through 14 of the Resources about the “Old-School” A.A. Program Available Today
14 The Starting Point: Mastering and Relying on Key Sections of Conference-Approved Literature
15 Supportive Statements in Alcoholics Anonymous (“the Big Book”)
16 Supportive Statements in The Co-Founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (# P-53)
17 Supportive Statements in DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers
18 Organizing and Conducting a “Conference-Approved Literature” Group
19 Resources for Your Group and Its Meetings
20 Topics for Your Group and Its Meetings
21 A Sample Meeting Format
22 Using the Sample Meeting Format with Other Topics
23 Putting It All Together: Some Suggested Basic Approaches
24 The Helpful Personal Stories of Four Early AAs . . .
25 Conclusion: Here’s What Makes the International Christian Recovery Coalition and These Suggested Meetings Different

 (Available on ChristianRecoveryRadio.com for only $29.95 NOW!)


Stick with the Winners Opening Statement by Dick B.

A Few Remarks about the Conference, Our Mission, and Our Approach

 First of all, this is not an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. It is not a church conference or religious retreat. It is not a Dick B. seminar or event. It is a Conference of the International Christian Recovery Coalition, graciously hosted by His Place Church at Westminster, California. The mission statement of International Christian Recovery Coalition is as follows:  

To glorify God by: (1) carrying, to those who still suffer, an accurate message as to the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.’s astonishing successes; and (2) helping Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena substantially enhance their effectiveness by incorporating in their recovery work the lessons learned by the early A.A. pioneers.
 

Second, the International Christian Recovery Coalition was organized in July of 2009 just after the major conference held at Mariners Church Community Center in Irvine, California, among Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena. Those attending expressed an almost unanimous, if not universal, belief  that recovery from alcoholism, addiction, and other life-controlling problems is best achieved, and produces maximum results and blessings, when it  adopts and follows the principles and practices of the First Century Christian believers, as described in the Book of Acts, and as applied by the original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship.”

 To those who attended the initial conference in 2009, this meant that they needed documented history establishing exactly what the early AAs did and what their Christian technique was. This also meant that they needed to learn that history, openly describe their own application of it, and be free from intimidation, suppression, and acrimony as they did so. It was premised on the conviction that they need not, should not, and would not abandon, reject, or try to excuse their own tested Christian approaches. Rather, that they strive for, and collaborate in an informed, well-planned, widely-disseminated, and well-trained presentation of their approaches that would have serving God and helping others still suffering as the primary focuses.

Third, the conferees approved of the concept “We Christians in the recovery arena are not alone.” They often used the expression that the Coalition and its participants were and would be “Bible-friendly, History-friendly, Recovery-friendly, 12 Step-friendly, Newcomer-friendly, and just plain friendly.”

Fourth, their approach has been and is that complete recovery from, and the healing of, alcoholism and addiction can best be achieved by reliance on the Creator, coming to Him through His Son Jesus Christ, and implementing today’s recovery work  and endeavors  with Christian programs, practices, and models. Efforts that draw on the support of Christians within A.A., N.A., and other 12 Step programs; participants in such Christian programs as Celebrate Recovery, Teen Challenge, Alcoholics Victorious, Overcomers Outreach Inc., CityTeam International, and Youth with a Mission. And also those Christian recovery fellowships and Christian outreach efforts being furthered, sponsored, or initiated  by churches, religious organizations, prison ministries, homeless ministries, chaplains, clergy, recovery pastors, and retreats.

Finally, we believe that Coalition participants espouse and pursue the cardinal attitude is that little is gained by bashing, trashing, criticizing, ostracizing, ignoring, condemning, or intimidating any suffering individual seeking God’s help; or any organization that cooperates in such work. Nor by focusing on and broadcasting the shortcomings, faults, deeds, and particular beliefs of alcoholics, addicts, their families, their founders, their diverse origins and ways, their variety of actions, or their failures. For, as A.A. cofounder Dr. Bob put it, the major godly principle is “Love and Service.” As Bill W. advocated in his Tenth Step Big Book instructions, the  A.A. code is “Love and Tolerance.” And, as we view it, neither doctors, nor nurses, nor historians, nor academics, nor therapists, nor clergy, nor counselors, nor program directors, nor social workers, nor others in the recovery arena, nor alcoholics, nor addicts, add or do anything to, or further, the treatment, recovery, and cure of, suffering people by:

Refusing to associate with, help, borrow from, or cooperate with anyone who adopts and implements the basic approach of: (a) helping suffering people establish a relationship with God, (b) helping them seek and find the way to fellowship with God, and His Son Jesus Christ, and other believers, and (c) helping them adhere to and walk according to the precepts of God’s Word and such commandments as God chooses to impart to His children in many other ways.

The Theme of This Conference

We are gathered here with the major objective of hearing, learning, commenting to each other upon, and enhancing the present-day efforts and programs of each leader and worker in a wide variety of Christian recovery leadership, efforts, and approaches. We hope to hear in this Conference from as many as possible of those present just what they are doing today, what they plan to do, what they have to say about the projects of the International Christian Recovery Coalition, and how they view and would improve our present plans for training trainers, holding meetings, and disseminating information suggested in our new guide book, Dick B. and Ken B., Stick with the Winners!: How to Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-Approved Literature: A Dick B. Guide for Christian Leaders and Workers in the Recovery Arena. www.DickB.com. And supplemented by the companion 25 videos on the subject, available for $29.95 for all 25 of the videos on www.ChristianRecoveryRadio.com.


Pre-Event Statements about

Speakers and the Format for

the “Stick with the Winners!”  Workshops and Conferences

May 18-19, 2012, at His Place Church, Westminster, California

Presented by

The International Christian Recovery Coalition

Dick B., Executive Director

© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

[This memo is being circulated to Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena whom we understand will probably be at the First 2012 North American Conference of the International Christian Recovery Conference May 18-19 at His Place Church in Westminster, California. We are sending this announcement to the three principal Conference speakers. And we are also sending it to many of you to whom we hope to make available ample time for you to share, suggest, and ask godly questions during the Conference. Your input is invited and essential!]

Friday, May 18, Overview:

On Friday evening, at the beginning of our two and a half hours of Conference time (between 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm), with appropriate breaks, Dick B. and Ken B. will first speak on the mission, the theme, and the planned Conference events. The remainder of the evening will, if possible, be conducted with the help of a panel (Russell Spatz, James Moody, Robert Tucker, Danny Simmons, and Bob Noonan) as a roundtable-audience participation meeting.

We hope that those attending will share their present Christian recovery program activities, their plans for the future of moving Christian Recovery forward, their suggestions for the International Christian Recovery Coalition, and their evaluation of our new “Stick with the Winners!” project furthering “old-school,” First Century “Christian fellowship” techniques like those described in the Book of Acts and utilized by the original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” itself.

Among those Christian Recovery leaders and workers we understand will probably be participating will be: Russell Spatz of Miami, Florida; Wally Lowe of Vero Beach Florida; Richard S. of New York; James Moody of Jamestown, Tennessee; Gary Moates of Houston, Texas; Rev. Bill Wigmore of Austin, Texas; Rev. Michael Liimatta of Kansas City, Missouri; Gary Seymour of Escondido, California; Bobby Nicholl of Celebrate a New Life at Hope by the Sea of San Juan Capistrano, California; Bob Noonan of Orange, California; Dr. Robert Tucker of Huntington Beach, California; Gary Martin of Irvine, California; Danny Simmons of Costa Mesa, California; Roger McDiarmid of Huntington Beach, California; Dale Marsh of Oroville, California; Dominic D. of the Turning Point Group of New Hope Ministries of Cornerstone Fellowship—Livermore Campus of Livermore, California; Matt Pierce of New Hope Ministry of Golden Hills Community Church of Brentwood, California; Rick S. of San Jose, California; Larry Webb of Laguna Beach, California; Joey Delgado of West Covina, California; and a number of other Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena.

Saturday, May 19, Overview:

Our main speaker on Saturday will be Russell Spatz who will be staying in Orange County and will be available for some chats.

1.      We will have two other Christian recovery leaders as speakers on Saturday—Dale Marsh of Oroville, California; and Roger McDiarmid of Huntington Beach, California—both of whom are on the Speakers Bureau of the International Christian Recovery Coalition.

2.      Dick B. and Ken B. will introduce material on “old-school,” First Century Christian A.A. through the use of A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature, historical research, guidebooks, videos, books, and articles, Russell Spatz will be explaining exactly how he has been carrying the Christian message and doing so in A.A. with success.

3.      Dale Marsh and Roger McDiarmid will speak in the afternoon on what they have been doing to advance Christian Recovery in their areas of effort in California, how they view the new emphasis of the International Christian Recovery Coalition, and what suggestions they may have.

4.      We will probably have panels with questions and answers and comments from Christian Recovery leaders on both Friday and Saturday; and I visualize that the panelists will, with Ken and myself, conduct the panels—with the composition of the panels perhaps being different on the two different days, depending on who else might be able to contribute.

5.      This plethora of good people—all strong Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena--that are emerging suggests there will be less time for unrestricted general audience participation and more time for the type of workshop sharing of views that we found so useful at Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, and at Cornerstone Fellowship—Livermore Campus in Livermore.

6.      Your best preparation will involve: (a) Bringing your Bible. (b) Bringing a copy of the Dover Publications reprint of the First Edition Big Book with the Dick B. introduction. (c) A download for $9.95 of the new Stick with the Winners! Guide. And (d) full access for $29.95 to all of the more than 25 videos that we have completed to support the Stick with the Winners! book by Dick B. and Ken B. (2012). Godly suggestions are always welcome.

Contact Ken B. at (808) 276-4945; Dick B. at (808) 874-4876; and both at DickB@DickB.com

Gloria Deo


The International Christian Recovery Coalition

Presents

The First 2012 North American Conference

May 18-19, 2012

His Place Church, 14061 Chestnut St., Westminster, CA 92683

Conference Theme:

“Stick with the Winners”

“Living First Century Christianity in Recovery Today;

Rediscovering ‘Old-School’ A.A. in Conference-Approved Literature”

Conference Schedule

Session One: Friday, May 18, 2012

Doors Open:                                                                  6:00 PM

Registration, Music, Displays, Networking                      6:00 to 6:20 PM

Conference Start                                                            6:20 to 6:35 PM

Prayer:                           Rev. Ken B.

Introduction:                  Roger McDiarmid

Conference Overview:    Rev. Ken B.

Focus One:                                                                    6:40 to 7:00 PM

Dick B., Executive Director of the International Christian Recovery Coalition and author of more than 40 titles on A.A. history, A.A.’s Christian predecessors, and applying early A.A. principles in modern Christian Recovery efforts—together with his son and coauthor, Ken B.--will present key passages from A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature and other authoritative resources showing that the original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship”—from the summer of 1935 until at least April 10, 1939, when the Big Book was published—was amazingly successful in helping “seemingly-hopeless,” “medically-incurable” alcoholics recover primarily because the group, in many ways, was “living” the Book of Acts.

Break:         Visit Display Tables & and Network             7:00 to 7:15 PM

Focus Two:                                                                    7:15 to 8:55 PM

Dick B. and Ken B., along with volunteer leaders, will elaborate on points made during Part One; and Dick B. and Ken B. will receive and respond to godly questions and suggestions from the audience through the use of an “Ask-It” basket. This is a real opportunity for leaders to share how they are implementing their Christian Recovery Movement programs right now!

[Depending on the size of the audience attending, we may well use the same technique recently employed in Northern California at the workshops, question and answer, and round-table participation by leaders and others attending]

Wrap-Up and Closing Prayer:          Rev. Ken B.                             8:55 to 9:00 PM

Session Two: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Doors Open:                                                              9:00 AM

Final Registration, Music, Displays, Networking          9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Conference Start                                                        9:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Prayer:                                     Rev. Ken B.

Introduction by Host Church:   Roger McDiarmid

Conference Overview:              Rev. Ken B.

Purposes of the Conference: To enable participants: (1) to hear speakers on how to apply “old-school” A.A. principles and practices today; (2) to get acquainted with Conference-approved literature, “old-school” resources, and a training plan; (3) to partake in refreshments and lunch; (4) to share with a panel of speakers by presenting godly “Ask-It” basket questions and suggestions; and (5) to hear the comments of Christian leaders and workers who are “in the trenches” of Christian Recovery efforts today.

Keynote Speaker: – Russell Spatz, attorney,

   Alive Again, Miami, Florida                    10:00 to 10:50 AM

 

Break:                  View displays and networking                     10:50 to 11:10 PM

 

Second Speakers  Dick B. and Ken B.                                    11:10 to 12:1 PM

International Christian Recovery Coalition plan for training

meetings, a Guide, and Videos presenting the application of

“old-school” A.A. and First Century Christianity principles and

practices in modern Christian Recovery efforts

                            

Lunch:        (Eat on premises), view displays, network             12:10 to 1:00 PM

                             Catered courtesy of  Roman Cucina, Orange County, CA.

 

Break:                  View displays and network                         2:10 to 2:25 PM

 

Third Speaker:     Dale Marsh, Recovery Pastor, Serenity Group, Oroville Church of the Nazarene, Christian Recovery efforts in Northern California Area                           2:30 to 3:05 PM

 

Roger McDiarmid, MEN @ HIS PLACE, Christian Recovery efforts in Southern California Area            3:05 to 3:40 PM

Break:                   View displays and network                        3:40 to 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion and Audience Participation:                         4:00 to 5:40 PM

Panelists: Dick B., Ken B., Russell Spatz, Dale Marsh, Rev. Bill Wigmore, Roger McDiarmid

Godly audience questions and comments via “Ask-It” basket, and recognized participants in the audience

Final Speakers:    Dick B. and Ken B.                                    5:40 to 5:55 PM

International Christian Recovery Coalition Plans,

Challenges, and Announcements

Closing Prayer:    Rev. Ken B.                                               5:55 to 6:00 PM

Conference Registration:                 $25.00 donation

To register for the conference, or for more information, please contact: 

               

Ken B.:       Email:  kcb00799@gmail.com

Cell:     (808) 276-4945

Important Additional Announcements

·        Throughout the Conference Trip period from May 16 to May 21, Dick B. and Ken B. will be in Orange County, California. They will be staying at  the Marriott Costa Mesa Hotel.

·        Dick and Ken highly value personal meetings, contacts, and discussions with individuals and groups throughout the May 16 to 21 period (except for a family event for three hours May 20 beginning noon). These may include: (1) Meetings and or meals with individual leaders and others at the Marriott Costa Mesa Hotel where we will be staying. (2) Visiting churches, groups, fellowships, panels, and offices in the area. (3) Conducting review of, and displaying the new “Stick with the Winners” Guide, accompanying exhibits, and accompanying film clips – to stimulate organization and establishment of Classes and/or special study meetings for AAs, NAs, Al-Anons, and other support or 12 Step fellowships, and Christian recovery-related programs, fellowships, meetings, classes, and pastoral and chaplain settings.

·         Please contact us either before or during the May 16-21 period to arrange to arrange a personal meeting. Please contact Dick B. by email at DickB@DickB.com until May 12, or Ken B. by email at kcb00799@gmail.com or on his cell phone at (808) 276-4945 before or during May 14-21.

Exhibits Available for Viewing During Dick B. and Ken B. Visit and at the Conferences

Selected A.A. History books donated by Hazelden Educational Services, Center City, MN.

Selected Oxford Group and Rev. Samuel Shoemaker Reprints prepared and donated by Tuchy Palmieri, Healing-Habits, CT

Books by Interventionists Jeff and Debra Jay, Grosse Point, MI

Selected Books by Dick B. and Ken B. on A.A. History and the Christian Recovery Movement, Kihei, HI

A.A. Conference-approved literature donated by Roger McDiarmid

Sponsors of These Meetings and Conferences

·       Hazelden: Treating Addiction, Transforming Lives, Center City, MN

·       Episcopal Diocese of Texas Recovery Committee, Rev. Bill Wigmore, Chair, Austin, TX

·       Rock Recovery Ministries, ABC Sober Living, Soledad House, David Powers, San Diego, CA

·       New Hope Ministry, Golden Hills Community Church, Brentwood, CA: Matt Pierce, Recovery Pastor; David Sadler Group Leader

·       Good Book-Big Book Group, Cornerstone Fellowship—Livermore Campus, CA: Dominic D., Group Leader

·       Good Book Publishing Company, Maui, HI

·       His Place Church, Joe Furey, Pastor, Westminster, CA

·       Wally Lowe, Businessman, Christian Recovery Resource Center, Vero Beach, FL

·       Richard Skolnik, Addiction Counselor Assistant, Christian Recovery Resource Center, NY

·       Bob J., Believer, Philanthropist, Maui, HI

·       Rick S., Believer, Businessman, San Jose, CA

·       Anonymous, UT

·       Robert Turner, M.D., Professor Medical University of South Carolina

·       Sean L., Recovered believer, Seattle, WA

·       Dale Marsh, Serenity Pastor, Oroville Church of the Nazarene; International Christian Recovery Coalition Speakers Bureau, Oroville, CA

·       Roger McDiarmid, Salesman, International Christian Recovery Coalition Speakers Bureau, Huntington Beach, CA

·       Jeff and Debra Jay, Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention, Grosse Point, MI

Announcing the New Stick with the Winners! Guide

Dick B. and Ken B., Stick with the Winners!: How to Conduct More Effective 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-Approved Literature: A Dick B. Guide for Christian Leaders and Workers in the Recovery Arena (Kihei, HI: Paradise Research Publications, Inc., 2012)

[This new book is available at www.DickB.com right now for $9.95]

By the time the May conference arrives, we will have: (1) published this book in Print-On-Demand form; (2) completed a series of about twenty-five videos relating to the topics in the book; and (3) made available the resource exhibits that form a training package relating to this book. Already, this book—in spiral-bound form—has been presented to a number of Christian recovery leaders and workers participating in the International Christian Recovery Coalition in several parts of the United States and Canada. In addition, it will enhance recovery efforts already underway at Oroville Church of the Nazarene in Oroville, CA; at New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc., in Huntington Beach, CA; in the Good Book-Big Book Group at Cornerstone Fellowship—Livermore Campus in Livermore, CA; at New Hope Ministry, Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, CA; and at several other locations.

This book and the videos will be the center piece for viewing, discussion, class workshops, and training at the First 2012 North American Conference of the International Christian Recovery Coalition, and at other meeting places in Orange County, California.

Gloria Deo


A Christian Recovery Package That All Can Use

By Dick B.

© 2012 Anonymous. All rights reserved

The Present, Diverse Approaches That Leave Many Christians Baffled

There are many fine approaches that help Christians recover from alcoholism, addiction, and other life-controlling problems. The problem is that almost all lack long-term or life-long, and certainly not sustainable, recovery efforts. Almost all operate independently of other effective Christian recovery efforts. They are frequently uncoordinated, lacking in an agreed solution, and resting on varied subjective theories—rather than a solid biblical foundation.

And almost all modern approaches fail to provide a simple package of Christian Recovery tools that will answer the endless queries we receive daily from newcomers, from families, from church-affiliated recovery workers, from those who have wandered into independent programs that are proliferating, and from those who just plain want to get back to the First Century Christianity approaches that worked so well from the 1850’s forward. Approaches with which many were acquainted during the boyhood of A.A.’s cofounders, Bill W. and Dr. Bob. Approaches attracting hundreds of thousands to the revivals and conversion meetings of famous evangelists. Approaches that were honed to produce effective results through the techniques of Young Men’s Christian Association lay brethren, the rescue missions, the Salvation Army, and the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor. Even many of the approaches of “A First Century Christian Fellowship”—also known as “the Oxford Group”—in its early days, the organization in which its founder, Dr. Frank Buchman, and the American Episcopal Rector Samuel M. Shoemaker labored in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Our simple aim is to provide approaches patterned after First Century Christianity as found in the Book of Acts. These approaches are easily recognizable, and were and highly effective, in the initial, “old-school” Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” founded by Bill W. and Dr. Bob in June of 1935. Approaches that incorporate many of the principles and practices of the Apostles as reported in the Book of Acts. They stem from a divine source and have proven results.

Why is there such diversity among most modern, Christian-oriented recovery approaches? It lies not necessarily in doctrinal, denominational, or religious differences. It lies rather in the wide variety of stop-gap programs that have grown up in the face of shortcomings. Instead of a single solution based on the power of God, they emerged from the “broad highway” inadequacies of the dozens of 12 Step, Anonymous, Mutual Support, Self-help, medical model, behavior-oriented schools of thought that are so prevalent today.

What are the most prominent of these efforts that operate almost independently of one another?

They include treatment programs labeling themselves as Christian treatment programs. Christian-Track programs that try to combine secular and faith-based plans under one roof.

Christian counseling, life-coaching, peer plans, and therapy groups that often battle the difficult requirements of government licensing and secular ownerships which oppose “religious” practitioners. They include a wide variety Christian recovery fellowships, church-sponsored recovery programs, and independent Christian organizations like Celebrate Recovery, Teen Challenge, the Salvation Army, and the Gospel rescue missions. They also include interventionists, detox specialists, emergency specialists, and managers of transitional and sober living housing.

Our Suggestion Is That There Is but One Common Denominator

upon Which All Concerned Christians Can Agree, and That Still Needs to Be Added

Our experiences with churches, Bible fellowships, Twelve Step programs, Christian fellowships, Christian counseling organizations, interventionists, psychological treatment groups, research organizations, and medical-scientific groups strongly suggest that almost all may leave the puzzled “wet drunk,” “practicing addict,” secretive “pill dependent” individual, concerned family or other helper no clear cut starting point for Christian recovery. Christian recovery that is founded on the successes of earlier organizations who relied primarily on the power of God. Christian recovery that emanated from the simple healing and witnessing fellowships of the First Century Christians. And affordable Christian recovery that seeks to meet three fundamental needs that will help the addicted and afflicted folks who don’t know where to begin, where to go, and whom to follow in order to: (1) rely on the Creator—coming to Him through His Son Jesus Christ; (2) achieve immediate, long-term, life-long relief from the ravages and destruction that have brought them all to their knees in desperation; and (3) become a new person in Christ—delivered from the power of darkness, translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, and assured of both everlasting life and the opportunity available to those in Christ who choose to walk by the spirit of God.

We Recommend to Those Seeking God’s Help and Long-term Victory

a Five-Item Package Containing the Following Items:

Dick B. and Ken B., The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 4th ed. (2012)

Dick B. with Ken B., The Dick B. Handbook for Christian Recovery Resource Centers Worldwide (2011)

Dick B., The Good Book and The Big Book: A.A.’s Roots in the Bible

Dick B., The James Club and the Original A.A. Program’s Absolute Essentials

Dick B. and Ken B., How to Conduct “Old-School” 12-Step Recovery Meetings Using Conference-approved Literature (New! 2012)

What Dick B. and Ken B. Are Available to Do:

·         Train the trainers by providing the foregoing resources, meeting and speaking with those trainers, and helping them establish meetings to effectuate “old-school” recovery.

·         Appear at conferences, make information available on the Internet, and write introductions for those who already conduct Christian recovery programs and want a “First Century Christianity” element—as seen in early A.A.—in those efforts.

·         Consult with Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena who want to start programs, groups, or resource centers incorporating the “old-school” values and successes.

·         Meet in person with any and all of the foregoing, either at one of our locations in Maui, Hawaii, or elsewhere during events where travel, meals, and lodging expenses are covered.

Dick B. and Ken B. have been engaged in this research and providing of content for 22 years; and there are now 43 published titles and over 800 articles filling in the details.

Dick B.

PO Box 837, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753-0837

1-808-874-4876

DickB@DickB.com

www.DickB.com

Gloria Deo


Christian Recovery Resource Centers

A Project of the International Christian Recovery Coalition

Dick B., Executive Director

Explanation and Purpose

Across the globe today, there are an estimated twenty million alcoholics and drug addicts who don’t know where to turn to get information about, find resources for, and overcome objections to, their seeking the help of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible.

There is no lack of Christian resources for recovery. The “depth” of the resources may be another matter entirely.

There is a relentless opposition to the seeking, mention of, and reliance upon such resources in the recovery arena today. Twelve Step Fellowship members frequently eschew mention of God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, church, and religion. Many among them have swallowed the idea that they can invent their own idea of a “power greater than themselves.” They tend to invent a self-made religion which claims to be “spiritual but not religious.” They frequently espouse the idea that there is a “higher power” that can help. They then go on to claim that this “higher power” can be a tree, a chair, a light bulb, a radiator, Santa Claus, the Great Pumpkin, Something, Somebody—any thing or “power” other than the Creator of the heavens and the earth. They leave their fellowships in droves—some relapsing, some turning to other alternatives, and some actually aligning themselves with some sort of Christian alternative. Even there, they often hear that any Twelve Step recovery effort is contrary to the Bible, dangerous for Christians, and ineffective in result.

Yet there are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Christian leaders, afflicted in recovery, and concerned others who want to stick with God. They don’t want to reject fellowships. They want to be healed, forgiven, delivered, loved, empowered, and assured of an everlasting life. They don’t want “manufactured” Christian programs with a spot of prayer, a spot of Bible, unlicensed Christian counselors, or lack of connections with vibrant church activities, dynamic Christian recovery fellowships, and skilled Christian Bible teachers, prayer leaders, and healing experts.

Mothers, brothers, spouses, grandparents, uncles, other relatives, and friends contact us almost daily with messages of bewilderment and despair. They say that they are dealing with an alcoholic or drug addict. They say that afflicted person does not want to quit. They say he is despondent and depressed. They say he gets into endless troubles—criminal, family, child-custody, tax, imprisonment, debt, divorce, and health, even suicide attempts. When asked if there is belief in God and a Christian affiliation, they may yes. But where can they find Christian help!

This plan attempts to provide an effective answer today. www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com

How to become a "Christian Recovery Resource Center or Person"

The "Christian Recovery Resource Centers and Persons" new Participant package includes a "site license" for the "Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery" ("IFCR") class for Groups and Organizations (2010) by Dick B. & Ken B. on four DVD's.

The "site license" for the IFCR class for Groups and Organizations includes:

a. The four IFCR class DVDs (about one hour each);

b. One hard copy of the IFCR Class Guide for Students (8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound);

c. One hard copy of the IFCR Class Instructor's Guide (8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound); and

d. One hard copy of The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., by Dick B. and Ken B. (8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound).

The "site license" for the IFCR class for Groups and Organizations also comes with limited reproduction rights for the books in the class--specifically, the right to duplicate one (1) copy per class instructor of: (1) the IFCR Class Instructor's Guide; and (2) The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. In addition, you may reproduce as many copies of the IFCR Class Guide for Students as will be necessary so that each student in any class you personally oversee may have one (1) copy of that Guide.

In addition, the "Christian Recovery Resource Center" new Participant package also includes The Dick B. Handbook for Christian Recovery Resource Centers Worldwide by Dick B. with Ken B. (2011) in 8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound, format.

And we have just added to the new Participant package one (1) complete set of the 29-volume "Dick B. Christian Recovery Reference Set"--a $672.55 value (i.e., the total of the full retail list prices of each of the 29 volumes in the Reference Set), at no extra charge!

Finally, the new Participant package includes a free case (box) of a title by Dick B. that you may use for free distribution or for resale to support your Christian recovery work. [While supplies last!]

There is a one-time-only donation of $500.00 required to become a "Christian Recovery Resource Center or Person."

To become a “Christian Recovery Resource Center or Person” or for further information, please contact Ken B. on his cell phone at 1-808-276-4945 or by email at kcb00799@gmail.com.


It's Finally Here!

“Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery”

By Dick B. and Ken B.

A Four-Session Class on DVD

Available now for Christian organizations, leaders, and workers in the recovery arena!

You may have heard that early A.A. claimed a 75% success rate among "seemingly-hopeless," "medically-incurable," "last-gasp-case," "real," alcoholics who thoroughly followed the original Akron A.A. "Christian fellowship" program developed by A.A. cofounders Bill W. and Dr. Bob beginning during the summer of 1935. (Please see page xx of Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed.) If so, you may also be aware of Dick B.'s 20 years of research into the roles  played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in early A.A.'s astonishing successes—especially in Akron, Ohio (and later in Cleveland, Ohio, beginning shortly after the First Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous—the "Big Book"—was published in April 1939). You may have already read one or more of Dick B.'s 39 books (such as his best-selling title, The Good Book and the Big Book: A.A.'s Roots in the Bible), read some of his more-than-300 published articles, heard one or more of his recorded "audio talks," and/or attended one or more of his live seminars or conferences. Your study group, church recovery group, or other Christian-oriented recovery efforts may have already even incorporated some of Dick B.'s findings into your program. Perhaps this is your first visit to this web site, or you would simple like to know, "What is the bottom line?" or "Is there a short version?"

The "Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery" class focuses on the power and love of God: (1) in Christian individuals and organizations before A.A. began in 1935 that had a heart for helping alcoholics, addicts, and those with other life-controlling problems, and whose principles found their way into A.A.; and (2) in early A.A. pioneers—especially in Akron (and later in Cleveland)—who discovered what they called a "cure" for worst-case, "medically-incurable" alcoholism. And that same power and love of God is available today to help those who still suffer. Please click here to learn more about this class, and whether it might be right for you, or your Christian group or organization. To obtain a license for this class for yourself, or for your Christian group or organization now, please click here.


Completing the Dr. Bob Core Library and Dr. Bob Biography

This is currently the "top priority" project for the International Christian Recovery Coalition. Please click here for details on this project.

Summary of International Christian Recovery Coalition Objectives

To establish, publicize, and complete the stocking and funding of existing recovery resource libraries, which are focused on the roles played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in the astonishing successes of early A.A., such as:

  • The Wilson House/Griffith House Library in East Dorset, Vermont;

  • The Dr. Bob Core Library in St. Johnsbury, Vermont;

  • The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church A.A.-related library in Akron, Ohio; and

  • The Sam Shoemaker Archives Room at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

To establish and fund with a Coalition participant or entity in Southern California a Christian-oriented recovery information center, with a view to housing, displaying, and disseminating throughout the world:

  •  The Christian recovery resources developed by participants in the International Christian Recovery Coalition;

  • The “Dick B. Historical Treasures” [e.g., the photocopy of the complete, pre-publication manuscript of DR. BOB and the Good Oldtimers; photocopies of (most, if not all, of the) numerous pre-publication drafts of Lois Remembers; and a photocopy of the manuscript of Anne Smith’s personal journal(s) she kept between 1933 and 1939, and read parts of to Bill W. and Dr. Bob during the summer of 1935] displayed at “A Nationwide Recovery Conference with Dick B.” in May 2009;

  • The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide by Dick B. and Ken B. developed in conjunction with a presentation to International Christian Recovery Coalition participants at a July 2009 Conference in Orange County, California. Learn More!

  •  DVDs, booklets, tri-fold brochures, and other materials that inform Coalition participants and others of successful Christian efforts to carry effectively the message to those who still suffer with life-controlling problems and self-destructive behaviors such as alcoholism and drug abuse; and

  • Books—such as those by Dick B.—and historical documents which the establish the integrity of statements made by Dick B. and other Christian writers and speakers as to the roles actually played by God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in the astonishing successes in early A.A. in curing “seemingly-hopeless,” “medically-incurable,” “real” alcoholics who thoroughly followed the Akron A.A. program developed in Akron, Ohio, beginning in the summer of 1935 by Bill W. and Dr. Bob. (For example, benefactors made possible the distribution of entire cases of historical books by Dick B. to all 14 prisons in the State of Hawaii correctional program.)

To provide publicity on the “International Christian Recovery Coalition” web site (www.ChristianRecoveryCoalition.com) and on of individual Coalition participants that:

·         provides an attractive text description of each Coalition participant’s program(s), contributions, and resources;

·         allows an opportunity for banner displays on the Coalition’s web site to the same effect; and

·         enables other web sites to incorporate, link to, and publicize the common and individual efforts.


Contact:
International Christian Recovery Coalition
c/o Dick B.
P.O. Box 837
Kihei, Hawaii
96753-0837
Ph/fax: (808) 874-4876
Email: dickb@dickb.com

 

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