"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:
condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned:
forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"
- Luke 6:37
“Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.” – Psalm 25:18, English Standard Version
Substance abuse, be it from alcohol, drugs or other substances, is a destructive force in our society. It destroys individuals and families. However, in a loving and caring community, and with the support of a faith-based program, lives can be changed.
Beginning in 2009, University City Church of Christ (UCCC) created its Recovery Ministry to help individuals overcome problems associated with addictions and to provide mentoring from a Biblical perspective. Those early efforts have now grown to a 3-point ministry.
B-12 (Bible-based weekly 12-step meeting). From the beginning, the weekly B-12 Recovery Meeting has been an important part. Following the typical format of a “step study,” B-12 offers a safe and confidential way for recovery people to share their own experiences, strengths and hopes. Each meeting last one hour and provides for volunteer sharing.
The B-12 meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the fellowship Hall of the UCCC Worship Center. (Enter via the double metal doors where the “offices” sign is located.
Christian Counseling. The current Recovery Minister, ron McQuinn, is a trained counselor and has time slots available for one hour sessions (typically held weekly). There is not cost for this service. Contact Ron at the Recovery Direct line (352-301-2604) to set up your initial appointment.
Professional Referrals. In addition to the weekly B-12 meeting and counseling opportunities, UCCC Recovery Ministry also provides professional referral services. We can help you find other services here in the Gainesville area. As with general information and counseling appointments, referral information can be obtained via the Recovery Direct line.
You are welcome! An important focus of this ministry is to provide spiritual growth for individuals joining our congregation family as a result of this ministry program. It is clear in the Bible that God has called us to edify and build each other up as we grow closer to God and become more and more like the Son, Jesus Christ. In that regard, individual mentoring by UCCC members is an important aspect of recovery (and spiritual growth) along with formal Bible-centered assemblies and classes.