United Methodist Agencies Endorse and Support Faith Partners Team Ministry

June 21, 2009 by  
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General Board of Church and Society Endorses Approach

The General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, the nation’s third-largest denomination, has endorsed the Faith Partners Team model for local congregations to help solve America’s number one health problem – alcohol and other drug addiction.

James Winkler, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, said in a support letter sent to all Bishops and Church and Society Chairpersons in the U.S. Annual Conferences, “I believe that the team approach for congregations is an effective and sustainable way to provide prevention, education, early intervention and recovery support.” Winkler said the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church is encouraging all members to promote attendance at Faith Partners Team Leadership Training Events offered by Faith Partners Inc.

General Board of Global Ministries Partners to Bring Training to Five Jurisdictions

At the request of its Inter-Agency and Standing Committee Task Force, the Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV), a general church initiative housed at the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church has partnered with Faith Partners Inc to offer its series of Faith Partners trainings. In 2007-2008, SPSARV offered the training to each of the five United Methodist jurisdictions. A leadership team composed of United Methodist clergy and lay people met in Nashville with the General Board and Faith Partners staff to work together toward this historic denominational partnering to make resources available across the country.

The leadership team explored the church’s role from a theological perspective, examined the Faith Partners approach, identified ways to make the church more aware of the need for this ministry and provided guidance on how to initiate the Faith Partners model across the denomination.

For more information on the SPSARV-sponsored Faith Partner trainings, go to www.umsparv.org.

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