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  1. Chesie Lee
    June 16, 2015 @ 8:06 am

    I like this. AA is a good model. A problem for churches is that the building has become the church and then how to maintain and use the building becomes the mission. I would like to challenge churches that every time they raise capital for building improvement, they require that at least an equal amount be raised for a mission that has no doors.

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  2. Tim Gossett
    June 16, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    Very intriguing article with a whole lot I certainly agree with. At the same time, I would say there’s some significant question that has been raised about the effectiveness of 12-step programs at actually bringing about recovery. See for example http://www.salon.com/2014/03/23/the_pseudo_science_of_alcoholics_anonymous_theres_a_better_way_to_treat_addiction/
    AA certainly does do a better job than many churches at building community and helping people to make significant connections. For that reason I think your #2-15 are certainly true.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      August 27, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

      AA has not only changed the lives of millions of people for the better, it has transformed the entire culture in which we operate. Words like recovery, and the hope of it, wouldn’t even exist without AA. Can improvements be made? Absolutely. Bill Wilson himself said, “We know only a little. More will constantly be revealed to you and to us.” In the meantime, AA provides a model that has been duplicated again and again, then spun off of. I am grateful for it.

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  3. Rebekah Simon-Peter
    June 22, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    Thought you might enjoy seeing this piece by my favorite poet, Brian Doyle about a 12 Step meeting: https://www.christiancentury.org/article/2015-02/room-firehouse

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  4. David Childers
    July 25, 2017 @ 6:12 am

    Great observations! I’ve long believed that the church could gain a lot by using the 12 step model of confession, forgiveness, acceptance, mentoring, and encouragement. After all, we’re all addicted to selfishness and sin. The hardest part is admitting we have a problem — step 1.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      August 23, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

      Step 1 is always the hardest, David, and the most freeing! Thanks for weighing in.

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