6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
Virtual Event
WI United States
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This is a 2 part event which takes place on September 26 from 9-11 am and continues on September 28 from 6-8 pm.

The Opioid and Substance Abuse Crisis continues to rage, especially in the context of COVID 19. Overdoses, deaths, and addiction-related events are on the rise, giving even more urgency to the faith-based community’s response.

The Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA has begun a partnership with “Faith Partners” to join faith leaders with prevention specialists, recovery support specialists, and other community stakeholders to identify and develop tailored readiness and recruitment strategies to engage clergy and congregational representatives to respond.

This workshop will focus on the big picture – a brief overview of the process to initiate, develop, and sustain congregational teams to become a fully mature ministry and service to the community.

Registration deadline is September 23, 2020


Workshop Description

The purpose of the readiness training is threefold: brief community stakeholders including community leaders, prevention specialists, recovery support service professionals, congregational and denominational leadership from all faith traditions on the Faith Partners model; describe this faith initiative project and possible partnerships; and, identify readiness tools and recruitment strategies to actively engage clergy and congregational representatives for these training opportunities. This virtual workshop is a time to see the big picture – the full process of initiating, developing, and sustaining congregational addiction teams to a fully mature institutionalized ministry and service to the community.

What: Faith Partners Readiness Training (Hosted by the Greater Milwaukee Synod OSUD Task Force)
Who: Key Stakeholders who can help initiate this ministry and service within the community
When: Saturday, September 26, 2020, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Monday, September 28, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: In the Comfort of your own home or Office


At the end of the training attendees will be better able to:

  • Describe the importance of the role of religion and spirituality in prevention and recovery support.
  • Examine the Faith Partners approach to building prevention and recovery support teams.
  • Recognize the role readiness plays in developing the capacity of the faith community to provide prevention and recovery support.
  • Develop strategies to engage the faith community to participate in this initiative to address Opioid Abuse, Substance Use Disorders, and other addictions.

Tentative Agenda:

Part 1 of 2 – Saturday, September 26, 2020, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • The Big Picture: Religion, Spirituality & Substance
  • The Faith Partners Overview: An Effective, Sustainable Ministry Approach
  • The Roadmap: Creating Readiness, Building Capacity, Sustaining the Efforts

Part 2 of 2 – Monday, September 28, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Creating Readiness: Faith Community Readiness Tools and Approaches
  • Possible Roles of Key Stakeholders
  • Sustaining the Efforts: Area Coordination, Continuing Education, and Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning: Readiness Tools and Recruitment Strategies
  • Next Steps/Closure




September 28, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm