- Why should we serve?
- Group Leaders/Facilitators
- Facilitator Training Correspondence Course
- Immediate Needs
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Start a Group
Why should we serve?
- We were created to serve. “He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.”—Ephesians 2:10
- He has gifted us to serve. “Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything…”—1 Peter 4:10-11
- Serving follows the example of Christ. “Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage.”—Matthew 20:28
- We need each other to serve. “The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.”—1 Corinthians 12:25-26
- We serve God by serving others. “Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.”—Colossians 3:22-25
- Serving makes our life meaningful. “With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for Him is a waste of time or effort.”—1 Corinthians 15:58
- Serving shows that we love. “…Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom….”—Galatians 5:13-15
Note: All scripture quotes are from The Message Bible.
What is a Group Leader/Facilitator?
A Group Leader/Facilitator is simply someone who makes the material in the study guide, “Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ,” easy to understand and apply. The Group Leader/Facilitator does not have to feel as though they are an expert in the material, nor do they need a degree of any type. However, they should take the time needed to fully familiarize themselves with the material in the study guide in order to be able to effectively present it to others.
What is involved in leading/facilitating a group?
• Prayer: It is very important to continuously pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit, for your heart, and for the hearts of those who will participate.
• An unconditional love for people: It is important to remember that we are all sinners saved by God’s grace. We have all made choices based on the way we reason. There are many factors that have contributed to the way we have learned to reason. We must guard ourselves against judging others harshly.
• Time: You will need time to prepare the material for each meeting. You may possibly need time to prepare or set up the room where you will hold the meeting. You will need the time to hold the meeting, 1 ½ to 2 hours is recommended. Groups can meet for as little as 12 weeks or for as long as you and/or the group decide.
• Meeting time and place: You will need to establish a meeting time and place.
• Study Guides: You will need to obtain study guides to have on hand for those who attend.
• Training: It would be helpful for you to either: attend a training meeting, be in the process of completing the Facilitator Training Correspondence Course, or have completed the Facilitator Training Correspondence Course.
Please note: If you desire to lead/facilitate a group within a jail or prison, approval will need to be obtained through that jail or prison. Our office will assist you with this process.
How do you lead/facilitate a group?
There is no right or wrong way of leading a group as long as the material is covered. Flexibility is encouraged. The study guide is a very powerful tool. It thoroughly explains the 12 Steps, Biblical principles we need to follow to be set free from the habits that keep us in bondage, and exercises such as visualized prayer and journaling which will help make your walk with Christ more intimate and tangible. As a leader/facilitator, you want to be sure that the many truths contained in this study are planted into the hearts of your participants. We have a Teacher Organization Manual as well as a Group Starter Kit to assist you.
Training is offered periodically at a location near our office. However, a Facilitator Training Correspondence Course is recommended and available. This course consists of 10 lessons based on the same study guide, “Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ.” To begin this course, you may either contact our office at (352) 732-0877 or submit a request in writing to Christian 12 Step Ministry, PO Box 4321, Ocala, FL 34478-4321. Upon the receipt of your request the first lesson will be mailed to you to be completed at your convenience. Once completed, please return it to us with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Your lesson will be reviewed and comments may be added that will be helpful to you as a group leader/facilitator. It will then be returned to you with the next lesson. All lessons returned to our office for review should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for their return to you. Upon the review of the final lesson of the Facilitator Training Correspondence Course, a Certificate of Completion will be issued. Please see Facilitator Training Correspondence Course for more information about this course.
How do I take the first steps toward leading a group?
Please contact our office at (352) 732-0877 for information to get a group started.
This course consists of 10 lessons and is available to anyone desiring to lead/facilitate a “Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ” group meeting. Before you attempt to lead/facilitate a group, we highly recommend one of three things:
- You have participated in a 12 Step type of group meeting yourself
- You have completed our Correspondence Course
- You have attended a Facilitator Training near our office
However, this is not necessarily required and will be evaluated at the time of your call to get started. You may have the option to start a group and at the same time begin this training course.
There are a few reasons we highly recommend this training course. This course presents you with questions that will help you evaluate how well you know the material and have applied it to your own life. This is extremely important so that you may effectively present it to others and help them apply it to their own lives for lasting change. You may have group members with understanding and maturity at many different levels. This course also presents you with a few questions that may come directly from your group that are of an antagonistic nature so that you may be prepared in advance for how you would handle those questions within a group setting.
To become a participant, simply contact our office at (352) 732-0877 or submit a request in writing to: Christian 12 Step Ministry, PO Box 4321, Ocala, FL 34478-4321. Please include $15.25 for the cost of the study guide, “Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ”, necessary for the completion of this course.
Upon the receipt of your request, the study guide and the first lesson will be mailed to you. You may complete the first lesson at your convenience and return it to us with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Your lesson will be reviewed and comments may be added that will assist you as you prepare to lead a group. We will then return it to you along with the next lesson. Each lesson should be submitted with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Upon the completion of this course, we will provide you with a Certificate of Completion for this Facilitator Training Correspondence Course.
- Lesson Readers: Individuals to peruse and comment on lessons for the Correspondence Course written in Spanish. This can be done in your own home at your convenience, but in a timely manner.
- Translator: An individual to translate our Facilitator Training Correspondence Course from English into Spanish.
- Group Leaders/Facilitators: Individuals to lead/facilitate groups in the Marion Correctional Institution (men’s prison), the Lowell Correctional Institution (women’s prison), and the Marion County Jail (for men and women)
- Donations: A donation of $100.00 will provide 25 books for inmates
Please contact our office at (352) 732-0877 for information on how to begin serving.
- Lesson Readers: to peruse and comment on lessons for the Correspondence Course. This can be done in your own home at your convenience, but in a timely manner. (English or Spanish)
- Translator: to translate the Facilitator Training Correspondence Course from English into Spanish
- Group Leaders/Facilitators: to form new groups within communities, churches, and correctional facilities
- Office Volunteers: to assist with various office duties
- Donations: a donation of $100.00 will provide 25 books for inmates
Please contact our office at (352) 732-0877 for information on how to begin serving.
- Please visit our Group Page and Contact Us if interested in starting a group
Why should we give?
- “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”—Acts 20:35
- “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us…if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously…”—Romans 12:6-8
- “But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”—2 Corinthians 8:7
- “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”—2 Corinthians 9:6-7
- “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasures for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”—1 Timothy 6:18-19
- “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”—Hebrews 13:16
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Donations may also be mailed to our office at: PO Box 4321, Ocala Florida 34478-4321