ONDCP Rural Faith-Based Series: Connecting Faith to Prevention



ONDCP Rural Faith-Based Series - Workshop 2
Connecting Faith to Prevention
Event Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021 1:00–2:30 pm EDT

In December 2020, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) introduced the workshop series for rural faith leaders and those who work with the faith community in rural areas. The series provides an opportunity to discuss, learn, and share information and resources to help individuals with substance use disorder (SUD). The main objectives of the series include:

Increasing faith leaders’ understanding of substance use disorder (SUD) and how to connect faith to prevention, treatment, and recovery.
Building capacity of faith leaders to take action by providing information to prepare and ready leaders and their congregants to provide the support needed to assist individuals with substance use disorder.
Helping faith leaders to find their lane and empower faith communities to put initiatives in place to help in the area(s) where they can make the most difference.

The first workshop in the series provided an overview of the intersecting epidemics of opioid misuse/abuse and COVID-19 in rural areas. It also looked at the economic impacts of substance use disorder on small communities before and during the pandemic and congregation readiness and preparing the faith community to help. You can view the first workshop here: Empowering Faith Leaders to Help Persons with Substance Use Disorder - YouTube.

The second event, Connecting Faith to Prevention, will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EDT.  It will focus on:

Strategies to combat substance use in rural communities
Stopping drug use before it starts, evidence-based prevention strategies that work in rural communities
Understanding prevention and identifying the role of the faith community in substance use prevention
How to identify and connect the Faith community to prevention activities in your backyard
How the faith community can partner to develop faith-based prevention strategies
Showcasing innovative Faith-Based prevention strategies in action

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Betty-Ann Bryce, Special Advisor for Rural Affairs at MBX.ONDCP.RuralAffairs@ondcp.eop.gov. Include your name, title, organization, state/county, and contact information/email address.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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