In July, 2001, Courage to Change Ministries began as a faith based recovery meeting for addicts desiring total recovery through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Very quickly we heard the call into the jail and prison ministry. The song, "My house is full, but My field is empty. Who will go and work for Me today?" comes to mind.
Christ has blessed Courage to Change with doors opening in prisons in Arkansas and Oklahoma! Our mission is not only to set men free behind bars; but to disciple them both inside and outside the prison walls. Fruit must stay attached to the Vine in order to grow and produce seed on its own; if it is detached too quickly, it will wither and die, bearing no seed to reproduce.
Courage to Change: 12 Step Recovery Ministry
Courage to Change Recovery Ministry began when our pastor, Rev. Don Hutchings, asked a simple question: "What could we, as a church, do to reach out to addicts in and out of recovery?" Within a week's time, the Lord had put upon our heart, how to meet the need. Our response was a faith based meeting for addicts desiring total recovery through a relationship with Jesus Christ. God placed in my hands the NIV Recovery Devotional Bible, printed by Zondervan.
The primary purpose of the meeting has always been to reintroduce addicts to a God whose grace and mercy are never ending. By utilizing the Meditations and Life Connections printed within the Recovery Devotional Bible, we continually challenge members to spend time daily in prayer and Bible study. The lives that have been changed are innumerable!
It has been a year since we were blessed with the opportunity to have our own facility. "The Courage Center" is a meeting place for those seeking recovery with a strong spiritual foundation. We are holding meetings every day of the week and seeing souls saved as clean and sober addicts find God -- the only thing to fill that vaccuum inside. Our meeting schedule continues to expand and incorporate other churches who are seeing the need and responding to the call.
4613 JennyLind Rd.
Sunday: 10am and 6:30pm
4pm Open Door Church
Monday: 5:30pm Courage Center
6:30pm A Step Up
7pm First Baptist Church,
7:30pm First Assembly,
Tuesday: 6:30pm Hope Chapel
4th & F St., Fort Smith
7:30pm Courage Center
Wednesday: 12pm First Baptist,
7pm Courage Center
Thursday: 7:30pm Courage Center
Friday: 7:30pm Courage Center
Saturday: 6pm Prayer Meeting
Many of you may be familiar with "DNA Recovery" at Pocola Christian Fellowship in Pocola Okalahoma. Meetings will continue to be held on Monday: 7:30pm, only now they will be part of the Courage to Change 12 Step Recovery Meetings. Same time, same place (notice the church's name change: First Assembly Pocola), same leaders, new name!
Location: First Assembly Pocola Hours: Monday 7:30pm
HWY 112 South
First Baptist Church, Lavaca has come on board and are seeing abundant fruit! Courage To Change Recovery Meetings in Lavaca are held on Monday evenings at 7pm and on Wednesday at noon.
Location: First Baptist Lavaca Hours: Monday 7pm
107 West Columbus Wednesday NOON
Lavaca, AR 72941