Dyer Baptist Association
Sunday, September 24, 2017
1st Century Vision, 21st Century Mission

COMMUNITY NEWS

 
 The State department of Mental Health, division of Substance Abuse has formally recognized what we have known for a long time; the Churches are in the business of changing lives.

The State has named a Director of Faith-Based Initiatives, Dr. Monty Burks.  His goal is to organize Churches to the task at hand, which is reaching out to those living in addiction.  The State process is to use the Alliance group in each county as a place to kindle greater attention to the problem.  From that base they are trying to rally the Churches into individual and collective action.

Current:

A meeting has been planned to draw together as many Churches as possible and all interested parties.

State Director, Dr. Monty Burks will lead the meeting.

 

The meeting is scheduled for August 22, 6:00PM, Lannom Center.

 

 

 TENNESSEEANS ARE HURTING
Dyer County Incorporating
Recovery Support Within Your Congregation

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

People recover from addiction every day. Families are rebuilt. Lives are restored. But recovery rarely happens in a vacuum. It takes a community willing to stand beside the person, to support them, and to help lead them out of the darkness.

 

The State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services has launched an exciting, new mission partnering with faith-based communities across the state. Together, we are building a recovery network comprised of compassionate and concerned citizens who are reaching out to those struggling with addictions and connecting them to vital substance abuse services. Your congregation can join this effort.

 

Attendees will...

 

·      Learn about the disease of addiction and understand what recovery is and how both affect the community and how it may be affecting members of your congregation.

 

·      Have the opportunity apply as a Certified Recovery Church OR Faith-Based Organization in the State of Tennessee.

 

·      Receive a digital toolkit in advance that will start to provide information and resources in advance of the meeting.

 

·      Learn about resources in the region and their own community to support their congregation and community members struggling with addiction.

 

·      Learn about Substance Abuse Prevention Coalitions and their work in the communities in Tennessee and how congregations can support coalition’s efforts to prevent substance abuse and what strategies address the impact on the region.

 

JOIN US ON August 22nd, 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm at The Lannom Center, 2000 Commerce Ave. Dyersburg, TN 38024

 

Register here:

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dyer-county-incorporating-recovery-support-within-your-congregation-or-faith-based-organization-tickets-35145440960

 

 

             

For FAQ--

  

 

What does becoming a Certified Recovery Church OR Faith-based organization mean?

 As a member you will receive information, training and resources. Most importantly you will be linked with other churches and Faith Based organizations who may already be reaching out in different ways. You can learn from each other about what might work for your congregation or organization.

 

 

What if we are already doing these things at our church or organization?

THANK YOU! We still need you. In creating a recovery network that includes churches or faith based organizations, we need examples of the great work that is already being done in the region so others might learn from your example. This will also help your ministry provide additional outreach as smaller churches and organizations may not have the capacity to provide what you have. Also as opportunities and information is made available from the State, you will have quick access. Additionally there may be resources in your community that you might not be aware of. Come learn!

  

Does this mean we have to start a recovery ministry? Do we have to host recovery meetings?

 NO! Some may decide to do that. Becoming a Certified Recovery Church OR Faith-Based Organization means at the very least you are willing to better understand addiction and recovery, and have the ability to provide information about treatment and recovery meetings to individuals who may be struggling with addiction. At the very least we hope you will better understand addiction and to learn that treatment works and recovery is possible. We hope you will also be willing to talk about it. In staff meetings, from the pulpit, or maybe during a Sunday school class or when someone on staff or in your congregation needs support. However if you want to host meetings OR start a recovery ministry you will now have access to information and others who are doing it.

 

What if my church leadership doesn't have time to attend? What if our church is a small church?

 They can send an ambassador. Anyone in the church can have the knowledge and start the conversation. It could be YOU. All you need is an interest in learning more. And this does not have to take up a lot of time. Churches often support and comfort people who are hurting, this training will give people additional tools to help provide that support.

 

Is this only for churches?

 We are reaching out to churches AND faith based organizations. While we are reaching out to them, if you feel you can gain something helpful from this you are welcome to attend.

 

 

 

 

For more information contact:

 

Christi L. Bane, Agency Coordinator: Prevention Alliance of Dyersburg and Dyer County

 

Ph: 731-676-4307 email: paddcoordinator@gmail.com

 

 

 

Drew Lester, Project Lifeline Recovery Coordinator Region 6 North Ph: 731-514-0749
email
drew@martinhousing.org

 

 

 

Dr. Monty Burks Director of Faith-Based Initiatives, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Ph: 615 770-1783 email: 

Monty.Burks@tn.gov

 

 

 

This project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.