If we're going to help recovering addicts, we have work to do

Simon Hunt is director of the Celebrate Recovery ministry at First Baptist Orlando. Many Florida Baptist churches join the fight against addiction by hosting Celebrate Recovery groups.

Simon Hunt is the director of the Celebrate Recovery ministry at First Baptist Orlando. He said that while they don’t have people coming in off the street who are under the influence, Celebrate Recovery can be a good option for people as they are leaving a treatment facility and looking to rejoin and rebuild their lives.

Hunt believes that when it comes to recovery, the church has some work to do.

“The Church is way short of where we need to be on this issue,” he said.

But the good news is that people who come seeking out a ministry like Celebrate Recovery have recognized their need for a change. Churches have a unique opportunity through a ministry like Celebrate Recovery to have a Gospel impact on someone’s life.

“In someone’s time of brokenness, it is also their time of openness to the Gospel,” he said. “This is one of the front doors to the church.”

Want to find out what other churches are doing to help people struggling with addiction? Be sure to check out April’s cover story in print or online. It’s available to subscribers only, so go here to get signed up: https://www.sonovasystems.com/css/1012/epay.page

Nicole Kalil is the Jacksonville-based reporter for the Florida Baptist Witness, the official news source of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

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