TThe 2022-23 Compassionate Recovery XV begins
September 22, 2022 and, except for the week of Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Years, will run weekly until just before Memorial Day, 2023.

Please explore this website for more information
about Compassionate Recovery.

Why Compassionate Recovery?

When I came to Gaylord E-Free Church in 2007, I came with 32 years of full time ministry that included the youth pastorate, 10+ years of ministry with troubled families with struggling adolescents in residential settings, and 20+ years of professional Biblical counseling (including coordinating 4 counseling centers, with 6 1/2 years of these in a local church). 


My defined ministry vision has always emphasized the Biblical concept of “one another”, consequently the naming of  my position as “ Director of Counseling & One Another Ministries”  was natural when I came to Gaylord.


Within a few months of my start at E-Free a young man with a history of addictions and involvement with A.A. and N.A. approached me about the starting of a recovery ministry. I clarified that I was not looking for a ministry that only focused on drugs and alcohol. My years of ministry experience made me sure that the truth of God’s Word is equally applicable to all seeking to experience hope and freedom from life’s struggles.


In 2008 we launched a nationally recognized Christian recovery ministry that was designed for people with all sorts of life struggles, including chemical and behavioral addictions. For 10 years I taught their material, integrating A.A.’s 12 steps with their 8 Biblical recovery principles.

In 2013, I completed a 30-hour American Association of Christian Counselors certificate training in Addiction and Recovery which complimented 30 hours are had completed in my early years of ministry.


Gradually, I felt led of God to build off what I had learned and to create a new independent ministry and in the winter of 2017, I took a step of faith and began to overhaul the entire ministry. In 2018, we officially named it Compassionate Recovery. It focuses on bruises, brokenness, and bondages that I felt would more completely help people understand:


     • What God designed people to be in the beginning

     • What happened to that design because of the Fall

     • How to identify personal obstacles to experiencing joy & freedom in 9 specific              areas 

     • 10 Biblical principles to move them from where they are  closer to where God                  wants them to be

     • Ways to protect self from going back to old ways

     • How to use what they have learned to help others


Thank you for taking time to explore our Compassionate Recovery webpage.  For more detailed information see column at right.


God bless-


Jack Dutton

Founder/Director Compassionate Recovery


Director E-Free Counseling & One Another Ministries & Compassionate Recovery Founder, Ministry Director


(989) 732-2647

For more detailed information  regarding  when we meet, meeting time, and more detail of what Compassionate Recovery is about please click on the button below to view a brochure. 

No one gets through life on earth without getting hurt.  

No One. Not even Jesus.


Always indicate something harmful has happened to us and everyone gets bruised in some way in the course of living life.


Afflicts everyone on some level. 
Broken Promises.  Broken dreams. Broken  relationships. Broken spirits.


Often result from the very remedies we develop to deal with our bruises and brokenness. 









Possessing Things 








and many, many other things can form barriers that keeps us from experiencing all God has in mind of us.

Too often people, including professing Christians, think the solution to their bruises, brokenness and bondages is to somehow design a prescriptive antidote that if they just follow it faithfully, try harder and believe more life has to get better.  


However, what if the solution is more about something God wants to do in us rather than to us?  

What if it isn't so much about behaving better, being more self-controlled, or trying harder, but more about being transformed from the inside out?


That is what Compassionate Recovery is really about.  And Compassionate Recovery is more than a quick fix. It is an extraordinary journey to get to the root of bruises, brokenness and bondages, while simultaneously learning lifelong patterns that set people free and help protect against continuing in old ways. Real lasting life change takes time and investment, so the greater the level of involvement using the tools of Compassionate Recovery, the greater the personal return.  Hope you will consider giving Compassionate Recovery a try and a chance.


Songs will begin to be added September 29.  

A very important part of our Thursday night meetings is our time of worship. It gives people who come in from a hectic day an opportunity for them to catch their breath. It also is a major way to prepare for the lesson time. Generally, the 3 songs at the top of  the list are the worship songs most recently used. If we repeat a song, normally it is not added to the list a second time.


Each Thursday night's lesson is videoed and posted to the right. 


(Also Note: A downloadable lesson outline - either filled out or with blanks - is posted each week in the next section below.)


  1. Click on the 3 bars in the far upper right corner in the picture at right.
  2. In the dropdown box, scroll down to the video you wish to watch.
  3. Click on the video and it should open to play.
  4. Click the “x” to close the dropdown box.
  5. Click box in lower right corner to expand to full screen.

It is requested that videos not be downloaded to personal computers or shared in any other way without the permission of Jack Dutton. 

WEEKLY LESSON OUTLINES (Beginning September 29)