Founding Principles

 

 

    1. Unity Empowers community.Chris Centered Addiction Recovery GroupsDiversity in the non-essentials of the faith, Unity in the essentials of the faith and charity in all things. This is our common code. Unity is at the heart of our mission and vision; that we may walk in abundant recovery and the love and unity of Jesus Christ. It is only by a spirit of love, grace and unity that we successfully journey this path together in Christ. Our personalities and addiction issues may vary, yet our solution in Christ is singular. Let us then embrace our common solution in the spirit of unity and singleness of purpose. Ephesians 4:2-6

 

    1. Sovereignty – Clarifies authority.
      Power for Abundant Recovery (P.A.R.) is a non-denominational Christ-centered 12 Step addiction recovery outreach ministry. Its primary purpose is to help individuals within the body of Christ to achieve victory over addiction and experience a life of abundant recovery in Christ. (P.A.R.) is not allied with any specific denomination or religious organization. Our ultimate authority is God in Christ Jesus as expressed within the Word of Godand our Founding Articles. That being stated, P.A.R. groups are not intended to be a replacement for one’s church fellowship, but rather to be a support system for the church body in Christ as a whole. Ephesians 1:18-23

 

    1. AnonymityEnsuring safety.
      Anonymity is an essential element of our (P.A.R.) groups. This provides a safe environment for restoration, reconciliation and healing, in an atmosphere of trust, grace and the compassion of Jesus Christ. Each (P.A.R.) group is charged with the responsibility to govern itself against any and all gossip or slander. What you hear and whom you see at a (P.A.R) group stays within that group, except in matters where one presents intent to harm self, another; or harm to a (P.A.R.) group or (P.A.R.) as a whole. Let each group govern themselves accordingly with grace and respect for each other’s anonymity. Proverbs 11:13

 

    1. Integrity Exemplifies authenticity.
      Although we are open to change as we grow, we have placed clear and definite language within our Founding Articles, in order to establish a bulwark to preserve and protect the spiritual integrity of each (P.A.R.) group and (P.A.R.) as a whole from any who would seek to compromise our values, principles or tenets of faith. Our Servant Leaders are expected to live a life that reflects our Statement of Faith and Godly character. Proverbs 2:6-8

 

    1. AutonomyFacilitates maturity.
      Though our individual (P.A.R.) community groups operate under the auspices of (P.A.R.) Ministries and the framework of our meeting Peer Leadership Team formats; each group enjoys autonomy of expression and operation of their group conscience within these parameters, except in matters that would adversely affect that community group or P.A.R. Ministries as a whole. Romans 12:3

 

    1. HumilityReflects Lordship.
      Every individual in the body of Christ has differing gifts, abilities and responsibilities, yet we all stand on level ground at the cross of Christ, upon which Jesus bore our sin and shame. We must always reflect in word and deed with humility, the fact that we have nothing to boast of in ourselves but Christ only and him freely giving His life for us. As authentic disciples of Jesus Christ, ours is not to be served but to serve with humility. Mark 9:35

 

  1. Stewardship Foster’s responsibility.
    Each individual (P.A.R.) group is self-supporting through their own contributions. For our operational purposes each (P.A.R.) group establishes their own individual service committees responsible to those they serve. Each group representative (Steward)is accountable to provide monthly financial reports to the District or Area Steward, or as is most practical and/or expedient. Our Peer Support Leadership Teams are responsible to the groups they serve, and the Deacon Leadership Council which is a part of our Central Services of P.A.R.) Ministries. 1 Timothy 3:1-7