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What Is Credo Recovery?
Credo Recovery is a carefully constructed Short Course in Christianity. The Short Course is ecumenically taught during a three-day retreat to men and women who suffer from the disease of addiction. The content offers intimate friendship with God, redemption, spiritual discipline, personal devotion and follow-up groups that continue to provide support and fellowship in Christian Community. The initial instruction is delivered in retreat centers, rescue missions and rehabilitation centers. The follow-up support groups meet at local churches. Men who have recovered from addictive behavior teach men who desire recovery and women teach women in separate retreats and separate follow-up settings.
There is no cost to participate.
Where did Credo come From?
Credo Recovery has a long history. It is associated with more than eighty Christian Communities whose roots were established from Cursillo de Cristiandad; a Short Course in Christianity. The Short Course began as a tiny seed planted and nurtured in northern Spain by a few young men from Catholic Action in the 1940’s. The Short Course began in response to the devastation that the people of Spain had suffered from both the Spanish Civil War and WW II. The young men of Catholic Action were driven by a deep desire to bring spiritual renewal to their community in Majorca, Spain. Since its humble beginning, their prayers, planning and pilgrimage for Christian renewal has become an international movement. The content, structure and method of the Short Course has been copied over and over again by every mainline Protestant Denomination, becoming an amazing world-wide phenomenon, transforming the lives of millions of people in nearly every nation of the world!
The Lutheran Church developed a similar model of Cursillo, called Via de Cristo. The Methodist Church established Walk to Emmaus. Presbyterians call their version of the Course the Presbyterian Cursillo. Kairos designed the Course for men and women in prison and Credo for people imprisoned by addiction..
What does Credo do?
Credo Recovery has improved the lives of men and women in five states: Illinois, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia and Maryland. Illinois Credo was established in 2001 and has touched the lives of over 700 men and women in the Greater Rockford Area. The retreats in Rockford are provided at the Adult Rehabilitation Center of the Salvation Army and at the Bishop Lane Retreat Center. The Follow-Up Support Groups for men are held weekly at Calvary Lutheran Church, corner of 9th Street and 17th Ave, 7:00 pm every Monday. Follow-Up Support Groups for women are held at Alpine Lutheran Church. The Women hold their monthly Support Group Meetings at Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave the second Friday of each month.
What Credo Believes
We believe in one Triune God and follow His Great Commission. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19)
We believe and profess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God come to us in the flesh, and He is the only Savior for mankind. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life …” (John 3:36)
We believe and profess that the Holy Spirit is God the Creator of all things, and “if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Chris from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11, Job 33:4)
We believe and profess the Bible is a Holy Scripture and is the inspired and completely true Word of God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2Tim 3:16-17)
We believe and profess “…all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God,” (Romans 3:23) and “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John1:9) and when “we repent and are baptized, everyone … in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins … shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38.)
We believe and profess that, “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God …” (Ephesians 2:8)
We believe and profess that we shall “Endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, (Ephesians 4:3) till we all come into the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13)
We believe and profess that God’s unconditional love (charity) is made manifest in us and through us by Jesus Christ, changing us, edifying us, and renewing us. “Charity never fails …” (1 Corinthians 13:8)
We believe and profess that God has called us to live holy lives that will bring glory to His name when we “Put on … as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness, meekness, longsuffering: Forbearing one another, forgiving one another … even as Christ forgave you.” (Two verses from Colossians 1-25)