Spirit of Excellence Event – CRI Meeting Feb. 2

Hey Folks, we’re really excited about the Spirit Of Excellence at the Salem First Nazarene this Saturday, Feb 2nd.

Attached you’ll find the agenda for the event & a flyer too.

Remember this is a free event & open to anyone with a interest in CR Inside goings-ons!

Come on out to learn, be inspired, network & praise our Lord for all He does in our broken lives!

Coffee & donuts will be provided at 9:30am & start promptly at 10am with worship from Lost&Found.

Salem First Nazarene
1550 Market St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW Region Lead

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New CRI State Rep for Washington Appointed

Ken Davis MugshotKen Davis, from Crossroads CR, has been appointed Washington’s latest state rep for CR Inside.

Ken has been involved with Celebrate Recovery for over 10 years & currently serves as the ML for the men’s CRI team at Clark County Jail in Vancouver. Additionally, he is part of the recent CRI start-up team at Larch Correctional Facility (minimum security men’s prison) in Yacolt, WA.

Ken is retired but works part time in his construction business. Here’s how Ken says it

“My name is Ken Davis, I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ, and a recovering addict, I have been clean and in Celebrate Recovery for over 10 ½ years. I am retired although still work part time in my construction business. My wife and I live, and direct a faith based transitional youth house, with up to 6 young men also in recovery, in Yacolt, Washington.”

We are so fortunate to have Ken, following faithfully his Lord, into the prisons & jails &, into the brokenness of others lives. Staying in recovery ourselves, allowing the Spirit to change us & direct our steps into this CR Inside ministry/mission is indeed a high calling & one not without much opposition on the part of God’s enemy & ours.. please take a moment to offer up a prayer for Ken & his family, for their protection & victory for Christ’s purposes.

 ‘Jesus said to all of them, “If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me.’ Luke 9:23

Ken can be reached through by completing our contact form.

West Coast Summit Details

Online Registration Closes on August 4th.

Online Registration Closes on August 4th.

Hello, CR Forever Family!!

Over 2300 at the East Coast Summit in Orlando including several of you from Missouri! The Summit theme this year is “Moving Forward / Decade of The Newcomer.” How many Christ-centered recovery ministries do you know besides Celebrate Recovery that has been around for 23 years? To stay strong for another generation CR has to MOVE FORWARD! You all have been and continue to be committed and dedicated in providing a safe and effective CR program to your church and community. Countless lives have been changed! It is my prayer for all of you to keep your CR program “Moving Forward” by learning fresh new ways to do CR that will have an even greater impact in reaching out to and ministering to the Newcomer. Remembering always that it is all about the Newcomer!

“And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.”
Titus 3:14

The CR Model at Saddleback is taking the decade of the Newcomer very seriously! Johnny Baker shared there deliberate focus to put the Newcomer first in ALL aspects of the CR Format – in the dinner, the welcome and announcements, the music, the lesson, the testimonies, the small groups…..all of CR. We say our CR is a safe place – A Newcomer will prove that it is by coming back and inviting others to come with him.

I challenge you to examine your CR program through the eyes of The Newcomer!

Some Highlights from the EC Summit:

CR Lessons on DVD! Johnny Baker has recorded ALL 25 Lessons on DVD and is now available to purchase from Saddleback Resources. This is not only a great tool for new CR groups, but a great fill in when you don’t have a teacher that night or when you need a special speaker. Click here to purchase and to see a preview of some of the lessons:

New CR Worship CD Volume 2! I saw a preview of the newest Worship DVD at the Summit and it is awesome! No worship team? No worries! The CR Worship CD 2 will soon be available at Saddleback Resources. Click here to look at Worship CD 1:–P10667.aspx

DNA vs. Best Practices. This is a great workshop offered at the Summit. It helped me to remember that CR is a ministry of GRACE and to not burden participants by establishing unnecessary rules. To handle issues case by case. We build a healthy ministry by following the CR DNA. The CR DNA helps to create an environment to help the Newcomer learn as they go. The CR DNA helps us to stay focused on grace, truth and love. In the CR DNA, the Bible is the core of everything we do and keeps our groups safe.

Attached is the revised version of the CR DNA. Please copy and review at your next Leader’s Meeting.

Important Contacts:

CR International National Director- Jana O’Guin /
CR Inside National Coordinator – David Jones /
The Landing National Coordinator – Carol Holmstrom /
Celebration Place National Coordinator – Marna Monaghan /
Celebration Place North Central Regional Rep – Donna Yearsin / (For Missouri)

Team Building Games for your next Leader’s Meeting – Check out “Minute to Win It Blue Prints” at Have Fun!

“Backpack” CR Video – This is an awesome video that you will want to include in your CR video library. You can get it free after the West Coast Summit by signing up here:

“Never Go Back” – New book by Henry Cloud. During the East Coast Summit, Henry Cloud shared from his new book “Never Go Back”, pathways of success that will help you redirect your mistakes and make way for success-physically, personally, and spiritually. It will encourage you to never go back to what hasn’t worked in the past.
To order:

Coming Soon: An App for CR? Of course! Will let you know when it is available!

Save The Date!
2015 West Coast Summit: August 15-17

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Quarterly Open Meeting Agenda

Circulated by Kent ahead of the upcoming meeting:

We’re all looking forward to seeing you this Saturday,7/12, at SW Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007, room 222, 10am sharp! Look for the CRI sign at the doors under the cross-tower where my lovely wife will be waiting to direct you.

If you have any questions, or arrive after the doors are locked (10:10 or so), please call 503-789-3756.

Remember: The CRI Mid-Valley Quarterly in Salem at the Morning Star Church is next Saturday, 7/19, at 10am; we will send out more info next week.

  • 10am Welcome, Opening Prayer & Devotion
  • 10:10 Introductions
  • 10:25 Reports:
  • SFFC, CCCF Min/Gen, CCCF Min/A&D, CCCF Med/Max,
  • CRCI Gen, CRCI SS#1 & SS#2, MCCF SS, OSP Gen,
  • SCCI Gen/SS, TillamookCJ W&M, LincolnCJ W&M,
  • WA LCC Gen, WA CCJ W&M
  • 11:00 Kent’s Report
  • 11:10 Mike’s Report
  • 11:20 Lesson: ‘Rule-Models’
  • 11:35 Open Discussion & Visitor Input
  • 11:50 Goal Setting
  • 12PM Closing Prayer



Business of Transitioning Inmates to Communities …

Time to celebrate a milestone for the CRI Group at Shutter Creek:

An inmate, who’s release date is some months ahead — has asked about the process of being referred to a Bible-believing Church and CR Group outside.

Owing to this being the first time this has happened for us, I want to respect and recognize the brothers that helped make this possible —

  • Chpl. Chris vL and Jeff B– for having the vision to establish CRI at Shutter Creek.
  • Kent W — for your patient mentoring and encouragement, excellent advice and tangible support.
  • And Rick B — for helping us identify the best resources outside and going through the process of making connections. Thanks in advance, sir.

Since I haven’t observed this process yet, I’ll be blessed to facilitate any procedures that you wish to establish.

Thanks for your thoughts, and …

Thank you Jesus for your leadership and presence in all of these things!