Our work in the areas of addiction and recovery has never been more important than during this pandemic. The pandemic has revealed many things, especially the needs and gaps in our response to addiction and mental health issues. Statistics show that during the last 18 months there has been a significant increase in alcohol and drug use, relapse from addiction, drug overdoses, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, compounded grief, emotional isolation, and death. Despite these facts, the role of stigma still lingers in many congregations.
The opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone struggling with addiction is often no farther away than the person who sits near us in the pew on Sunday morning—someone whose life is silently unraveling and who desperately needs us to reach out with an open heart. The faith community can be one of the principal healers of addiction and mental health issues.
Faith Partners has responded since 1995 offering clergy and lay-leadership useful tools and strategies, educational materials, and training for a team ministry that can serve the needs of the whole congregation. This team approach cultivates an informed, compassionate response to addiction through awareness, education, and recovery support right in your church! These important responses help create a safe, hospitable place that allows for hope, help, and healing.
Faith Partners has established a national presence resulting in over 1,000 trained congregational teams in 29 states from 23 different faith traditions. These team members have ministered to thousands of individuals and families by offering the necessary tools and supports to build resilience and effectively meet people in their brokenness.
Faith Partners is partnering with the Center of Addiction & Faith and Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church to provide a hybrid training (In-person and virtual combination) for congregational leaders to develop a congregational addiction team ministry.
Please join us in this important work to address addiction and related mental health issues in our midst.
What: Faith Partners Leadership Training provides an overview of this proven model and the opportunity to gain tools and strategies to build congregational support for this lay team ministry.
Who: 2-4 Congregational leaders including a pastor, staff, and laity. We suggest at least a pastor and lay person who can help initiate this ministry in their congregation attend.
When: Saturday, November 13th from 9:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: In-person participation will be held at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 N. Berens Road NW, Prior Lake, MN. 55379 or for those out of state participants please register and we will send you the materials and the Zoom Meeting Access Information
Costs: The Leadership Training fee is $250/congregation and includes the training, toolkit including consultation ($75 value), set of three ministry guides, and workshop handouts.
We do not want the registration/materials fee to prevent participation in this important work. If you have a team eager to participate and funding is a barrier, please contact Drew Brooks to discuss options.
For more information; please contact Drew Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512-417-2307.