Faith Partners provides the tools, training, materials, and assistance to equip congregations with an effective, comprehensive and sustainable lay ministry, the Team Ministry. Participating congregations will be connected to a local, state and national network for help and on-going support. This approach has been used in numerous congregations in several states and is unique in that:

  • It builds on congregational strengths by involving lay members with special expertise and a passion for this work;
  • Clergy time, energy, and involvement are carefully utilized;
  • Teams are trained in prevention, early intervention, referral assistance, and recovery support, choosing programs that meet the needs of the congregation;
  • Teams network with other teams and utilize community resources, keeping their efforts focused on the congregation’s mission;
  • This effort is relevant to the whole congregation, young and old, individuals and families; and,
  • This ministry cultivates a compassionate response to all human problems, creating long-lasting change, making the congregation a safe and hospitable place.
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