UMs, Others Learn About Addiction in Alamo

October 02, 2009

Representatives of 14 United Methodist Churches joined members of other faith communities at San Ramon Valley UMC in Alamo, California on Wednesday (September 30) for a workshop, "Understanding the Impact of Addiction and Supporting Recovery: Strategies and Tools for Clergy and Other Congregational Leaders."

Conducted by the Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) of the General Board of Global Ministries and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), and co-sponsored by the Cal-Nevada Conference, American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), and Alcohol-Narcotic Education Foundation (ANEF), the day of learning and resources provided pastors and other congregational leaders an opportunity not only to get the latest information, but also to obtain resources and strategies for providing help and hope to individuals and families suffering the impact of addiction.
 
The Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) of the General Board of Global Ministries has teamed up with the Rush Center of the Johnson Institute to offer congregations Faith Partners training to start an alcohol and drug ministry. This ministry consists of a small group of trained lay people who work together to provide alcohol and other drug awareness, prevention, education, early intervention, referral assistance, recovery support, and advocacy.
 
The team works closely with the pastor to develop a plan of action to meet the needs of the congregation. Over the past two years, 34 United Methodist congregations have started such a ministry.
 
On October 28 a Faith Partners Leadership Day will be held at San Ramon Valley UMC in Alamo, California, for clergy and one-to-three targeted passionate laity per church. Attendees will learn the nuts and bolts of starting and sustaining a substance abuse ministry in their congregation.
 
(Another Faith Partners Leadership Day will be held November 5 at Anaheim UMC, 1000 S. State College Blvd. Anaheim, CA.)
 
To register your congregation, visit www.umspsarv.org, click on training, and print the two-page form. Send check or money order, made payable to GBGM-UMC/SPSARV, to SPSARV, 1914 J N Pease Place, Charlotte, NC 28262.
 
Optional housing is available.
 
For more information, contact the Rev. Cynthia W. Sloan at SPSARV at 866.944.3330, toll free, or via email at CSloan@gbgm-umc.org.