Equipping the Faith Community to address the Opioid Crisis
and other Substance Use Disorders:
Faith Partners Interfaith Two-Part Leadership Training
Who: 2-4 congregational leaders (Clergy, laity, staff) with a recommendation of at least one clergy and lay person from a congregation who can help initiate this ministry or effort.
When: Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm AND Monday, February 1, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Where: This is a virtual event. You may join from the comfort of your own home, office, or congregation.
Cost: $125 per congregation includes one congregational readiness kit and set of ministry guides.
You’re invited to join the Greater Milwaukee Synod Task Force on Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders (GMS Task Force
OSUD) and Faith Partners in learning how the faith community can help end Wisconsin’s alcohol and drug crisis, by supporting prevention, interventions, treatment and recovery activities and efforts. Overdoses, deaths, and addiction related events are on the rise during the COVID 19 pandemic, giving even more urgency to the faith-based community’s response.
The GMS Task Force OSUD has begun a partnership with Faith Partners to join faith leaders to build congregational support and recruit a congregational team to prevent and effectively respond to individuals and families affected by substance use disorders and other addictions.
This two-part Zoom workshop for clergy, congregational members and staff will focus on a brief overview of the process to initiate, develop, and sustain congregational teams to become a coordinated, strategic ministry. Clergy and laity will receive ministry guides to start this service to the congregational community. Guidance is offered on how to recruit a team, gain congregational support, and initiate a prevention and recovery support ministry.
This workshop is to equip participants to take the initial steps in developing a congregational addiction team ministry. This is the first workshop in the training series. As a result of this workshop, participants will be better able to:
- Learn what a prevention and recovery ministry team does;
- Recognize the barriers to starting this ministry;
- Identify the role of leadership (clergy and laity);
- Demonstrate specific steps to building a team and congregational support
Faith Partners Teams
Team initial activities fall in the general areas of awareness, education, and recovery support. These efforts often grow in relationship to the team members’ 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.
Build Your Congregational Team in Four Steps
Faith Partners provides a thoughtful four-step process to start an effective, sustainable ministry to address the needs of the whole congregation. Informed clergy supported by committed, trained congregational members offer hope, help, and healing through prevention, early intervention, referral assistance, recovery support, and advocacy.
To learn more about Faith Partners please visit: https://www.faith-partners.org/