Faith Partners Team Training
Tulsa, Oklahoma

to address substance use disorders, addiction, and related mental health issues
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Workshop Description

Research shows one family in three has direct experience with someone suffering from addiction and often more with related mental health (MH) issues. The faith community can play a vital role in prevention and recovery; yet are sometimes reluctant or uncomfortable talking about these issues.

An informed clergy, supported by committed, trained congregational members has a tremendous opportunity to serve individuals and families affected and afflicted by these issues. Faith Partners provides a thoughtful four-step process to start an effective, sustainable team ministry to address the needs of the whole congregation. This workshop signals the third step.

Faith Partners has responded since 1995 offering clergy and lay-leadership useful tools and strategies, educational materials, and training for this team ministry that can serve the needs of the whole congregation. This team approach cultivates an informed, compassionate response to addiction and mental health through awareness, education, and recovery support right in your congregation! 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 well over 1,250 trained congregational teams in 30 states from 25 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.

Goal: Provide teams with the information, skills and resources to initiate and build an addiction and mental health ministry in their congregation.

Objectives:  As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Demonstrate effective team functioning.
  • Understand the five congregational ministry areas.
  • Initiate educational sessions within their team and congregation.
  • Identify and work with community resources.
  • Develop an initial action plan.
  • Utilize evaluation tools in measuring effectiveness.

Faith Partners team initial activities often fall into the general areas of awareness, education and recovery support. These efforts often grow in relationship to the team’s capacity, the congregation’s needs and receptivity, and the congregation’s missional focus. Teams often broaden their focus from substance use disorders to other addictions to mental health issues as the need presents itself, creating an educational platform for understanding these issues.

Please join us in this important work to address addiction and related mental health issues in our midst.


What: Faith Partners Team Training to focus on initiating a congregational team to respond to addiction, related mental health issues and build resiliency in individuals and families

Who: lay leadership who will help initiate and develop this congregational effort (typical team size is 3-10 members)

When: Friday, June 14, 2024 from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
1442 S. Quaker Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120

No Cost*: THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS TRAINING because the program is funded through a project with Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS).

*There is a suggested $25 donation per person to cover beverages, meals and snacks.

More Information:  For more information contact Drew Brooks or Margaret White of Faith Partners:,


or contact Bailes Chaples or Stephanie Montes of ODMHSAS:



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