Harvest New Beginnings Church in Oswego set to host Celebrate Recovery Chicago One-Day Seminar

By Tom Siebert

Celebrate Recovery, a worldwide Christian ministry in more than 30,000 churches, will hold its Chicago One-Day Seminar from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Harvest New Beginnings Church, 5315 Douglas Road in Oswego.

Celebrate Recovery helps people with hurts, habits, and hang-ups–pretty much everyone during some seasons of their lives. “CR,” as its members fondly call it, is based on the 12-step concept with biblical comparisons. The primary purpose of the one-day seminar is to equip other churches to start Celebrate Recovery at their church, according to Lynn Schilling, ministry leader for Celebrate Recovery at Harvest New Beginnings.

“We are your ‘church neighbor’ and want to personally invite you to this event in Oswego,” Ms. Schilling said.  “There hasn’t been a CR conference in this area for four years and it may be another four years before there is one here again. We have had Celebrate Recovery at Harvest for 14 years and we would love to see more churches in our area offer it because many people would like to go to more than one meeting a week.”

There will be two training tracks at the seminar. “The Journey Begins” teaches church leaders how to start Celebrate Recovery at their church and provides a 90-day kick-off plan to launch the ministry. The second track, “The Journey Continues,” provides advanced training for Celebrate Recovery ministries already up and running.

Celebrate Recovery was started in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The co-founder is Saddleback pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold more than 60 million copies. CR’s other founder, John Baker, will be teaching the second part of the Chicago-area seminar at Harvest New Beginnings. Participation in Celebrate Recovery helps people overcome addiction, anger, codependency, depression, overeating, loss of a loved one, pornography, and other issues.

Those wishing to sign up for the Celebrate Recovery Chicago One-Day Seminar may do so at celebraterecovery.com. Walk-in registrations are available on the day of the event from 7:30-8:30 a.m. However, only pre-registered guests are guaranteed seats. A video about CR one-day seminars may be viewed at https://vimeo.com/143131022. For more information on the event or the ministry of Celebrate Recovery, please contact Lynn Schilling at (630) 373-3366 or harvestrecovery@yahoo.com.

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About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at tmsiebert@gmail.com or (816) 344-7815.
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