Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a place to find freedom from your Hurts, Hang-ups and Habits.

How is your “person” doing?  Are you all put together?  The fact is many of us are a mess.  We are scattered all over the living room floor, with no one to put us back together and no idea where to begin the process of healing.  The truth is life is tough.  We live in an imperfect world.  We have been hurt by other people, we have hurt ourselves and we have hurt others.  It is amazing how much better the world looks when our person is put together.

The purpose of this program is with God’s help to put ourselves back together.  By working through and applying the principles of Celebrate Recovery, which are based on the bible, we begin to grow spiritually and this experience allows us to “be changed”.  We open the door of our hurts by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another.  In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our lives’ problems.  This freedom creates peace, serenity and a new found joy that comes only through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

The hardest part of this program is walking through the door for the first time and reaching out and saying “I can’t do this on my own”.  Celebrate Recovery is welcoming, non-judgmental and most important CONFIDENTIAL.  We want this to be a safe place to find healing.  It takes courage to let others into our lives, but we were never meant to walk through life alone.  Let us walk with you.

What can we help with?

Abortion, Abuse, Adultery, Affection (lack of it), Aggravation, Addiction, Anger, Anxiety, Codependent Control, Death, Depression, Despair, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Drugs, Dysfunctional Family or Relationships, Fear, Financial Recovery, Gambling, Grief, Hatred, Letting Go, Love/Relationships, Low self-esteem, Lust, Neglect, People Pleasing, Pills, Pornography, Pride, Rage, Rape, Relationships, Sadness, Selfishness, Sex Addiction, Shame, Stress

No Hurt is Beyond Healing – No Habit is Beyond Help – No Hang-Up is Beyond Hope

What is a hurt?  The feeling of being hurt is an emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or to a disturbing situation (abuse, abandonment, codependency, divorce, relationship issues, grief, distress, etc)

What is a habit?  A habit is an addiction to someone or something (alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex, shopping, smoking, etc)

What is a hang-up?  Hang-ups are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or an adversity (anger, depression, fear or un-forgiveness)

What to expect

Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday night at 6 pm (including holidays) in our Fellowship Hall (Dothan Campus).

6 pm – A meal at no charge
6:30 pm – Moving worship/large group time includes either a lesson or a testimony on recovery
7:15 pm – Small groups (gender specific) based on our hurt, habit or hang-up led by those trained in recovery
8 pm – Fellowship

Who do I contact to learn more about Celebrate Recovery?

Contact Sherry Koogler, Community Life Director, at 793-4440 with any questions.



Stephen Ministry

Covenant is a Stephen Ministry church.  Stephen Ministry is Christ caring for people through people.  If you are going through a difficult time, consider having a Stephen Minister.  If you know someone is facing difficulties, suggest that they request Stephen Ministry.

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry is a program for our congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-on-one care, confidentially, to anyone in our community who is experiencing all sorts of life needs and circumstances.

Who benefits from Stephen Ministry?

People who need care:

  • Receive quality, Christ-centered, confidential care for their hurts and needs
  • Find hope, healing, and a new sense of self-worth through the support of a Stephen Minister
  • Know they are remembered and supported by their congregation in times of personal difficulty
  • Receive ongoing care for continuing needs long after the onset of a crisis
  • Grow in a deeper relationship with their Lord as they experience God’s unconditional love for them through their Stephen Minister

What are some examples of problems that Stephen Ministers deal with?

Hospitalization, declining health, disability or terminal illness, illness of a loved one, the death of a loved one, divorce or separation from spouse, severe financial setback, difficulties associated with aging, family or domestic problems, isolation or loneliness

Am I assured of confidentiality?

Confidentiality is the basis of all Stephen Ministry relationships.  Anyone receiving care can be assured that his or her identity – and what is shared in a caring relationship – will remain private.

How do I get a Stephen Minister?

Simply visit or call Covenant United Methodist Church at (334) 793-4440.  You may speak to Rev. Kyle Gatlin, our Associate Pastor.  All contact are made only with the person’s permission.

Rev. Gatlin will meet with the person, explain how the Stephen Ministry works and then assign a Stephen Minister to meet on a weekly or as-needed basis with the person.  The Stephen Minister continues to provide distinctively Christian care for the person in strict confidentiality.

How do I become a Stephen Minister?

Covenant offers the 50 hours (18 sessions) of formal Stephen Ministry training at least once a year.  Following the 50 hours of training, Stephen Ministers attend peer supervision sessions for continuing education from our Stephen Leaders and encouragement from other Stephen Ministers.  Any person wanting to become a Stephen Minister needs only to have the desire to serve God by helping his fellow man.

Where can I go to learn more about Stephen Ministry?

To learn more about Stephen Ministries in general, outside of Covenant UMC, please click here.