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Step Studies

This is up to your local church leadership, CR Team, or Ministry Leader to decide.

However, we don't recommend this for a few reasons. Since Step Studies are generally open to anyone at your CR, you would potentially be inviting strangers into your home and to know where you live. If you keep the group closed to avoid this, then you are essentially closing off further recovery for participants who need it. Also, having a central meeting point at the church makes it easier if 1) the leader in that home is not able to be at group for some reason, the co-leader can run the group with no issues and 2) this keeps the step study groups officially connected to your local CR ministry. 

on Tuesday June 23
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Technically you can use other platforms. However, the only platform we can recommend is zoom as we have been using it exclusively and have educated ourselves on this platform alone, as well as having created videos and documents to support leaders and participants in using zoom. If you go to you will find several videos on using zoom, documents to support your CRCR groups, and other information. If you decide to go ahead and use zoom, I highly recommend you have participants view the videos on signing up for and using zoom. 

Specifically if any participants have issues with their internet connection, they will have issues with any platform they would use. One way around this is to download the app to their phone and connect with their data plan rather than wifi. 

on Sunday July 19
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It sounds like in this situation, if Facebook messenger video allows everyone to see each other to keep the CRCR guidelines, this might be a better option for you. Keep in mind our recommendation is Zoom because we are well acquainted with and educated on that particular platform, and offer videos and documents to support a local ministry in keeping a group as safe as is possible. Zoom is also *HiPAA compliant. If you use another platform, please educate yourself well on its security features and enable all security measures possible and inform attendees that there could potentially be a higher risk in using a different platform. 

*The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, commonly known as HIPAA, is a series of regulatory standards that outline the lawful use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI). HIPAA compliance is regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). (

on Monday July 20
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No, there has been no cut-off date established at this time, and we do not foresee this happening anytime soon. Please check back in periodically on the CRCR page for updates. 

on Thursday August 13
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To find a list of CRs that have indicated they are holding CRCR online groups, go to>CR Crisis Response>CR Group List ( You will have to contact groups directly to find out if they are holding CRCR Step Studies, when, and their procedure for joining. 

on Monday November 23
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You can search for CR ministries near you at>CR Groups>Find a Group ( We suggest you call ahead to find out if they are still meeting or if they are meeting in person or online while COVID restrictions are still in place in many areas. 

You can also find a PDF list of groups that are offering CRCR online groups at>CR Crisis Response> CRCR Group List (

on Thursday December 03
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