Recovery Ministry

Came to Believe Recovery Ministry

Virtual Retreat | July 31 – August 2, 2020

Dear Pastors,

I’d like to share an exciting recovery opportunity with you. You may or may not know that I head up our District Recovery Ministries for the Sacramento District. For the last several years we have hit many road blocks to beginning new recovery ministries on our district. In talking to lead pastors, I have found that it can be very difficult to find leadership for a recovery ministry. There are multiple reason for this, including finding someone willing to commit, finding leaders who are spiritually fit to serve and many other obstacles. 

From the point of view of a recovering person, I think it is intimidating to consider themselves leading a ministry. Often, we underestimate our worth to God and to our community. However, it is also true that many in recovery could be greatly encouraged to consider leading in a recovery ministry if they have the chance to meet and interact with others who have been doing this for some time. 

So, here’s the opportunity. Coming at the end of July there will be a virtual Came to Believe Retreat held via zoom. Came to Believe Recovery uses the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous as they were originally intended. In the early days of AA, all of the founding members were Christians or as the AA book states, “We were reborn.” Although this is not the case today, many people still come to faith in Christ starting their walk with God in twelve step meetings. 

What can I do?

The next virtual retreat will be held July 31- August 2. The cost is $50.00 per person. I’d like you to consider sending someone from your congregation who is involved in recovery to the July retreat. The retreat schedule includes, two and one half hours on Friday, four hours on Saturday, and the final session on Sunday is two hours. It’s not a huge commitment of time but has been highly successful in helping recovering persons to get and stay recovered. 

Why will this help recovering persons?

This will give them the chance to learn the early Christian methods of AA. 

It will help them with their step work. 

It will give them confidence to share their faith in other twelve step recovery meetings. 

They will have a chance to meet folks who have been leading Christ centered meetings for many years. 

How will this help the ministry of my church?

Just maybe, a seed will be planted to help your church begin a drug and alcohol recovery ministry. This will demonstrate to recovering persons in your church family, your commitment and support for their on-going sobriety. 

Registration opens for the next Came to Believe retreat on Monday, June 29th.

If you’re interested, please feel free to contact me and let me know the names of the folks you are sending. I would like to set up a separate zoom meeting with them after the retreat to debrief on what they have learned. I can also assist them in learning how to be more confident and effective in sharing their faith at other twelve step meetings. 

You can register for the retreat at:

We have been using the Came to Believe recovery materials at OroNaz for the past seven years and have found them an excellent way to bring people to Christ and have a positive impact on our local recovery community in general. 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at any time. 

Yours in Him,

Rev. Dale Marsh
Recovery Pastor
Oroville Church of the Nazarene
2238 Monte Vista Ave.
Oroville Ca 95966

Recovery Retreat | Fall 2020

Discover the Original ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of our Addiction Recovery

“The Steps are like a medicine capsule with 12 ingredients —you take them ALL when you want to get well. How long do you want to stay sick?” Clarence Snyder, one of the first 40 members of A.A.

Be inspired: Speakers with wisdom and years of experience to share.

Delicious Food: Six Meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) plus great snacks and bottomless coffee pot. Special dietary needs provided if requested on registration form. 


Due to COVID-19, the date for this retreat has not been determined. Please check back soon for details.

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Location & Lodging

Richardson Springs | Chico, CA

Flexible Lodging Options:
-$200 – 3rd floor bunk beds. Each room sleeps up to 4 (private bath in each room)
-$210 – 2nd floor double occupancy (private bath in each room)
-$240 – Private room
-Cabins are available. Price upon request.
-$100 deposit to reserve a room

Scholarships are available, contact Dale Marsh for information.

Contact: Dale Marsh

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