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Church seeks to celebrate recovery

Pastor: Bible-based program is a 'need-driven ministry'

Pastor: Bible-based program is a 'need-driven ministry'

September 06, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - Starting this month, Boonsboro Bible Church will offer a Bible-based program called Celebrate Recovery.

"We will be addressing a wide variety of hurts, habits and hang-ups," Pastor Rob Welty said.

The group, which will meet Mondays at 7 p.m. to the rear of the church sanctuary, is starting up Sept. 11. There is no cost, and it is open to anyone.

"This a need-driven ministry," Welty said. "I see the hurts that people are going through, and I want to be able to help our members, as well as the community."

Welty said he was inspired to start the group after hearing from a friend in Athens, Ga., about the Celebrate Recovery program.

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"We don't try to fix people, we try to encourage them," Welty said.

Armed with a leader's guide and his pastoral training, Welty said he will lead the group each week. There will be a participant's guide for each person who attends the sessions.

A veteran of seven years in ministry, Welty said he wants to be more than a preacher to people.

"I want to be their pastor and their friend," he said.

Assisting with the group, Welty's wife, Cathy, said her husband always has been involved in counseling.

"It's confidential when they come here," she said.

Welty added that his wife is a great help to him in his work, especially in relating to women.

When the group begins to meet, Welty said he plans to start off with praise and worship, which might include music, a time of prayer and a recitation of the 12 steps made famous by the Alcoholics Anonymous program.

"But this isn't just for alcohol and drug abuse," Welty said. Anyone having problems such as divorce, food or gambling addiction, or grief is welcome.

There also will be some exploration of the eight Biblical principles described in Rick Warren's book, "The Purpose-Driven Life," which will be worked into the sessions, as well as Welty's church sermon schedule beginning Oct. 1.

Following any discussion the group might want, there will be a break to the Solid Rock Cafe, which Welty said will involve social time with games and snacks.

The Weltys have three children, ages 16, 12 and 3.

For information on Celebrate Recovery, call 301-432-6154, go to www.boonsborobible.org or go to the church at 6741 Old National Pike.

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