Every week, hundreds of men at Crown Recovery Center in Springfield, Kentucky, gather in a large room to worship with Southeast Christian Church.
The men sit on folding chairs and watch SE Online on a screen. For an hour a week, that room becomes church.
And soon, Crown Recovery Center will become a Southeast community campus.
“We’re excited to see how God uses what’s happening at Crown to help additional facilities throughout Kentucky,” said Jon Powell, Southeast’s executive pastor of ministry.
Crown Recovery Center is a residential treatment facility that offers a full continuum of care, from detox stabilization to vocational training. It is part of Addiction Recovery Care (ARC), which operates more than 30 treatment centers in Kentucky.
Those who come be a part of services are all in. The group stands when the congregation stands and bow their heads when they pray. They sing with hands raised high, take communion and cheer for every baptism.
The partnership began with an invitation for Southeast to lead worship at the Crown Recovery Center service. Southeast has been sending teams to the center for several months.
Last month, Senior Pastor Kyle Idleman and Executive Pastor Tim Hester visited the group in Springfield. The following Sunday, Idleman gave a shout out to the group at Crown Recovery from the platform at the Blankenbaker Campus.
“You are part of Southeast,” Idleman said.
And the crowd at Crown Recovery clapped and cheered.
Eddie Johnson, who has served as campus pastor of Southeast’s Indiana Campus for about 10 years, has been tapped to oversee the new community campus.
“I can’t wait to see what God is going to do with this new campus and partnership with ARC,” Johnson said. “My prayer for this next season of ministry is that I would continue to be in awe of God’s scandalous grace toward me and that I would use that as a platform and opportunity to passionately pursue those who are still far off from Him.”
Discipleship is already in process.
“We want to go far beyond watching services to discipleship,” said Community Campus Strategist Dennis Brooks. “We want to invest in these guys and disciple them so they can turn around and make disciples. Our prayer is they leave the Crown Center as trained disciple makers, sent out as missionaries to repeat the process.”
It’s already happening.
After one man completed the inpatient program and moved out, a Southeast member met him at the Shelby County Campus. The following Monday, he was in an Encounter group.