UINTAH -- Everyone -- of any faith -- who struggles with any issue they believe is holding them back is invited to participate in a new recovery ministry offered by Crossroads Christian Fellowship.
The church will hold its free recovery ministry meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning this week at the church, 6545 Combe Road, in Uintah.
The meetings are designed to address the spiritual side of recovery, and organizers say they can even be used as a supplement to other types of recovery programs that address behaviors.
"It's not about behavior modification; it's about life transformation," according to advertisements for the program.
"Jesus rescues, forgives, heals, and encourages," states a description on the church's website, ccfutah.org. "His work in our lives has not been to condemn or shame, but to liberate and to restore.
Pastor Gary Ross, who wrote the program, said it is designed to be completely different from other types of recovery programs.
Participants will be allowed to work on themselves and find recovery through God's Word.
"God says, 'I am going to restore you. I'm going to take you to the Promised Land,'" Ross said. "We're not professionals. This is just a church environment where we are going to restore people."
The program is not at attempt to convert participants to any particular faith, he said. It's merely an effort to share love with those who need it most.
"What if we created an environment where people didn't have to tell you what their problems are?" Ross said. "We could fix the root of the issue."
He quoted Proverbs 4:23 in the NIV translation: "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
Ross said the program will be led by those who have struggled themselves and who have found release.
"Simply put, everyone in our community has a past," reads the website description. "We know what it means to have been forgiven lots, and that tends to make us eager to express grateful kindness to those around us."
Ross said he hopes the program will inspire other groups to try the same types of programs, because "we want to see a united Utah effort."
For information, call the church at 801-479-1052; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or see its Facebook page at CCFUtah.