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The United Methodist Church says its connection to the movie “Home Run” that premieres this weekend runs deep, both in its support of Christ-centered 12-step and recovery group ministries and the film producers’ use of member churches for locations.

“A growing number of United Methodist churches offer a well-known recovery ministry featured in the movie – Celebrate Recovery, a real-life addiction recovery program that grew out of California’s Saddleback Church,” stated the UMC public information office.

“In the case of ‘Home Run,’ United Methodists even played an important part in the movie’s production,” UMC officials said. “Several scenes in the movie were filmed at New Haven and West Tulsa United Methodist churches in Oklahoma.”

“Home Run” is a movie about addiction – a story of pro baseball player whose life spirals out of control due to ego and alcohol. The recovery program used as reference in the movie is Celebrate Recovery, a ministry founded by Saddleback Church Pastor John Baker and supported by the church’s lead pastor Rick Warren.

Christian psychologist and author Dr. John Townsend, an expert on Christ-centered recovery for mental and emotional health issues, recently spoke at Saddleback Church during weekend services on the subject of recovery.

He showed clips from the movie in order to help illustrate his points that everyone needs recovery, not just the addict or the alcoholic, he said. Townsend told The Christian Post that he wanted people to get an idea of how the process works based on what the main character in the movie goes through.

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