Reformers Unanimous is a faith-based addiction program designed to direct the addicted back to God, with the local church acting as a support group. Reformers Unanimous not only serves the addicted but families of the addicted. Sometimes helping yourself and making changes in your life can have the greatest impact on your loved ones. Not only do we at times enable our family members, but we also tend to become caught up in an ungodly way of life ourselves.
God is doing a work here in the Central Baptist Chapter of Reformers Unanimous. Students are enjoying freedom from their addictions through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. This can happen to anyone, no matter how severe their addiction. The Bible tells us so. Try it for yourself. Visit our Reformer’s Unanimous meeting this week on Friday evening at 7PM in the Fellowship Hall.
Reformers Unanimous began in Illinois in 1996 with a small group of four people who became the foundation that we would build on: addictions to food, crack cocaine, alcohol, and pornography. Four different people, four crippling addictions, yet only one need: Jesus Christ! We began to grow and the Truth set us free.
In year two, we added counsel leaders and group counsel time to support the students during the week. Reformers grew. In year three we added a beginning curriculum: a program guide of the weekly lessons, tapes to follow along, and a handbook that encourages students to read the Bible, memorize the Bible, study the Bible (essays), and hear the Bible (church attendance). These are the building blocks that Christ uses to reform a life unanimously.
Following that, attendance began to explode. Year four we added transitional housing and other camps throughout the states, and even in the Philippines. Year five we completed a line of workbooks to go with the handbook, and began an award system to encourage participation (1 Corinthians 3:12,14.)
Reformers Unanimous began in Central Baptist Church in August of 2013 and meets every Friday night at 7PM in the Fellowship Hall.
The Friday Night Format: TALK, TALK, TALK
Our Friday Night Order of Service
FIRST TALK, first, we talk to God. We do that in two ways. First we open with a word of prayer. We then give students an opportunity to share how God has changed their lives – our stories of victory. This serves to give encouragment to other students and credit where credit is due. We don’t like to talk about what we’ve done to God, we like to talk about what God has done for us!
SECOND TALK, we talk to each other. We do this in two ways. Reformers Unanimous gives students an opportunity to share how God has changed their lives. We hear stories of recovery through God’s miraculous, saving grace. We hear of days, weeks, months, and years of victory. Secondly, we break down into small support groups to share each of our burdens or blessings. Each group is led by a counsel leader. If anyone needs personal counsel, it is made available. Students go over their completed challenges during this time and encourage each other in their road to recovery.
THIRD TALK, God talks to us through the preaching of God’s Word. Our director is trained in how to present the messages in convicting yet caring ways, which are intended to encourage the students toward program participation. A hearer that is a doer is always an overcomer. HAPPY HOUR. Immediately following the conclusion of our Friday night meeting we have our “Happy Hour” or Fourth Talk. It is a time when all students can fellowship together in a relaxed, informal environment. A meal is provided every Friday night to all who are at the meeting (adults and the Kidz Club).