Friends of Everyone
1.___ Does your congregation do well showing God’s love to their neighbors, caring and being friendly, welcoming everyone? (Stigma issue is very significant)
2.___ Does your congregation know how to discern someone struggling with addiction? 10 questions fact sheet (see resource list here)
Informed of Community Needs
Inform everyone everywhere… Educate Congregation together. Pastoral leadership needs to be involved.
3.___ Does the Pastor talk and pray about community needs that have been identified such as substance-abuse etc. from the pulpit?
4.___ Has your church brought in substance-abuse trained ministers? (see resource list here)
5.___ Has your church made substance-abuse training materials available to members/attendees? (see resource list here)
6.___ Are your members encouraged to be conduits of vital health information as a good neighbor? (Keep them alive until they want to live.)
7.___ Have your members/attendees been encouraged to receive Narcan training? (ask about regular Narcan trainings)
Resource Based Champion in the Church
Champion in the church ~ Beware of non-recovery saints trying to help those in recovery. (Those in recovery need safe places to confess and build trust.)
8.___ Does your church have a Substance-Abuse Champion?
▪What is a Substance Abuse Champion? Pray for God to raise one up for you.
·preferably someone already in recovery…or family member of someone…or trained well, (beware of individuals who don’t understand addiction)
·they befriend and help those in recovery or their family members to feel at home and welcomed in the church. They serve as a funnel. Members sweep those needing help to peer recovery champion who.
·they know and point to available local resources.
▪Where is training for a Champion? Peer Recovery Coach Training/Celebrate Recovery/Crossroad’s Freedom Center/other