- It builds on the strengths of the congregation by involving lay people with special expertise and a passion for this work;
- Clergy time, energy, and involvement are carefully utilized (teams support pastoral ministry);
- Teams are trained in prevention, early intervention, referral assistance, recovery support, and advocacy choosing evidence-based programs and strategies that meet the congregational community needs (ministry meets evolving needs);
- Teams network with other teams and utilize community resources, keeping their efforts focused on their own congregational mission (each congregation autonomous in this collaborative effort);
- This effort is relevant to the whole congregation, young and old, individuals and families (not limited to a select group of individuals); and,
- This ministry cultivates a compassionate response to all human problems, creating long-lasting change that makes the congregation a more safe and hospitable place (addiction ministry can evolve into an educational platform for mental health, suicide prevention, domestic violence, and other issues).
Read about the Faith Partners approach in a Q&A with Drew Brooks in The Fix. (https://www.thefix.com/content/drop-sin-talk). The Fix is the world’s premier website about addiction and recovery, featuring a daily mix of breaking news, exclusive interviews, investigative reports, essays and blogs on sober living, lifestyle and cultural resources, as well as knowledge and wisdom from expert counsel.