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 four years now since we were blessed with the opportunity to have our own facility. We are excited to announce the expansion this past year which included a new sanctuary. Just as God takes us as we are and transforms us from the inside out, our "garage" has been transformed inside into a beautiful place of worship! "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 vacuum inside. Our meeting schedule continues to expand and incorporate other churches who are seeing the need and responding to the call.
4617 Jenny Lind Rd.
Sunday: 10am and 6:30pm
6:30pm Green Country
Cowboy Church, Wister, OK
6:30pm A Step Up
7:30pm Men's Bible Study
7pm First Baptist Church,
7:30pm First Assembly,
Tuesday: 6:30pm Eastside Baptist
Church, Fort Smith
7:30pm Courage Center
Wednesday: 12pm First Baptist,
7pm Courage Center
Thursday: 7pm 29:11 Ministries
7:30pm Courage Center
Friday: 7:30pm Courage Center
Our most recent addition to our Courage To Change meeting schedule is Thursday evenings at 7pm at 29:11 Ministries, Alma, Arkansas! 29:11 Ministries is located at 725 Fayetteville Rd. Alma, Arkansas and is pastored by David and Kelly Garner, two of the most Holy Ghost filled pastors I have ever met! The passion and compassion of each and every member of this congregation will encourage you to return meeting after meeting. The power of their prayer team is phenomenal! Se habla espanol.
725 Fayetteville Rd.
Hours: Thursday 7pm
Green Country Cowboy Church in Wister, Oklahoma is an exciting, on fire congregation who has acknowledged the need for a faith based meeting in their area! Kane Riggs, a member of our prison ministry team and leader from First Assembly Pocola, has taken Courage To Change to the Wister community where it is growing and changing lives! If you are in the area, please pay them a visit! You won't leave there the same as you walked in!
Green Country Cowboy Church
23980 Kerr Mansion Rd.
Hours: Sunday 6:30pm
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.
Location: First Baptist Lavaca Hours: Monday 7pm
107 West Columbus