Credo Recovery is one of 80 or more world-wide movements that sprang from a small seed planted and nurtured in Spain by a group of lay persons with a desire to see spiritual renewal come to their country after the devastation of the Spanish Civil War. During the decade of the 1940’s, the fruit of their prayer, planning and pilgrimage became evident in a movement which they called the Cursillo de Cristiandad, (A Short Course in Christianity).
It was from that beginning and over the next 60 years, the Cursillo Movement and its offshoots spread, taking its unique method for spiritual renewal to nearly every country in the world. Although, it is impossible to know the number of people who have participated in this world-wide movement, some estimate that during the past six decades over 45 million people have experienced some form of Cursillo and more and more people are added to the movement daily.
Today, every mainline Protestant denomination has copied the content and structure of the Cursillo method, each becoming a part of the inspiring movement. The first American Cursillo communities began in the 1950‘s in Texas. Not long after that, the Methodist Church adopted the Cursillo Method and structure for their own world-wide movement they call Walk to Emmaus. The Lutherans have done the same and call their ever-expanding community Via de Cristo. The Presbyterians call theirs, The Great Banquet and still another popular ecumenical branch known as Tres Dias.
Some communities are designed for specific populations. Kairos, grew out of Cursillo in the mid 1970’s designed for men and women who are incarcerated in prisons. Today the Kairos Prison Ministry International serves the men and women in over 300 prisons in 33 states and nine countries. Credo Recovery is a relative newcomer to the Cursillo Method. Credo serves those that have a need to recover from the brokenness of addictions. It began in New Jersey in the mid 1990’s and is currently established in Illinois and five east coast states, including West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.