Caring and supporting people who are struggling with addictions and helping to restore them to wholeness of life is an integral part of the Church’s mission.
Christians need to be trained and equipped for this challenging ministry so compassion is matched with competence. A key challenge is to help recovery whilst avoiding situations where helpers and people they are seeking to support might be hurt or further damaged.
Reaching out to people whose lives are blighted by addictions presents a huge opportunity and challenge. Current reductions in State funding means that local authorities, who are legally responsible for providing addiction services, are increasingly looking for support. The Church is made up of people who are saved by grace, know God’s love and are energised by the Holy Spirit – the ideal community for recovering and recovered addicts.
Recovery Communities is being formed out of a vision and conviction that equipping Churches to help people with addictions is an urgent call from the Holy Spirit in reaching out to our Nation. It is being initiated by Pat Prosser and Peter Smith, former Executive Directors of the Christian drug rehabilitation charity Life for the World Trust, who have worked for many years in addiction rehabilitation, training and supporting Church based recovery projects.
Pat has been the Senior Pastor of a Newfrontiers Church and developed addictions training programmes in the UK, Eastern Europe and SE Asia. Peter was a Senior Civil Servant, Director in the NHS, University Governor and Probation Board member.
Both are well experienced in working with churches, central and local government, the NHS, other agencies and charities.
Linking with others including Jubilee+, the ISAAC network and the Evangelical Alliance, Recovery Communities is looking to harness the amazing work of many Christian and other agencies and to partner with many Churches and groups of Churches. Clear strategies, programmes and business plans are being developed to underpin future development and we plan to register as a Charity. We are actively looking for others to work with us, join our core, trustee or programme teams and for sponsorship.
Our programmes are designed at three levels. The first enables Churches or a local group of Churches to welcome individuals and families struggling with addictions Two further programmes offer the opportunity to develop increasing levels of engagement and recovery support. Additional training can be added to any of our programmes to meet local needs.
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