Faith Partnership Initiative Leadership Training

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MONROE, La (KNOE) - Northeast Delta Human Services Authority will host a day-long Faith Partnership Initiative leadership training on January 26 at North Monroe Baptist Church, 210 Finks Hideaway Rd, Monroe, LA 71203.

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The training is the first of four 2019 trainings, part of the agency's effort to educate and equip faith leaders to address substance abuse prevention, support and recovery needs in their congregations. Leadership training is for pastoral and lay leaders from various faith traditions.

The Saturday program is another in a series of training events to help Northeastern Louisiana faith leaders in the agency's 12-parish region. On October 25, 2018, dozens of faith leaders gathered in Monroe, Louisiana, for readiness training, the first in the series. The fall program equipped faith leaders with skills to better serve those in their congregations and communities struggling with alcohol, drug, and other addictions. The training included a "messaging exercise" during which the participants helped develop communication methods to engage their specific faith traditions to help grow this faith-focused initiative. One message was simply "We need to talk," noting that these subjects are often ignored or avoided because of stigma and shame.

January's leadership training will be facilitated by Dr. Monteic A. Sizer and Drew Brooks, a nationally recognized faith-based prevention and treatment specialist. Sizer leads Northeast Delta from a headquarters office in Monroe, providing a safety net of services, working with partner agencies and organizations. Brooks serves as the executive director of Faith Partners, an organization that has successfully utilized an evidence-based intervention approach to equip 350 different church congregations from over 20 different faith traditions.