MINISTRY OVERVIEW

Addiction to alcohol and drugs can affect any individual from all walks of life. New Faith Baptist Church International realizes a commitment is needed to provide assistance and intervene on behalf of individuals and families that suffer from the addiction of mind and/or mood altering substances. The SAFE Ministry of New Faith Baptist Church International provides support to members of the church and community who are suffering from the effects of drugs/alcohol and Domestic Violence through referrals to State, City, or County resources. Also, by partnering with nationally recognized 12‐Step Recovery programs such as AA, NA, and NAR-ANON; meetings/group sessions are held at the church on a weekly basis.

SAFE offers services for the following populations:

  1. 1. Support for family members and friends of addicted persons through the NAR-ANON Family Group
  2. 2. Support for Individuals addicted to drugs and/or alcohol (current users and recovering persons) through the NA and AA Groups.
  3. 3. Support for victims of domestic violence through crisis and referral services (upon request).

 

The SAFE Ministry does not provide psychological services related to diagnosis, treatment, or psychotherapy.
The SAFE Ministry does provide crisis intervention, referral services, workshops, and focus groups to facilitate knowledge, share experiences, gain wisdom, and obtain hope related to substance/alcohol abuse, and domestic violence.

*Confidentiality: Any information exchanged during counseling, interventions, and meeting/group sessions is Strictly Confidential.*

MINISTRY MEMBER QUALIFICATIONS

SAFE Ministry members are members of New Faith Baptist Church who have completed new member class instruction. Ministry members may have experience or expertise in the services offered but that is not a prerequisite. Experience may also include members themselves who are affected by family and/or friends addicted to drugs, alcohol, or have encountered domestic violence. Expertise may include formalized training in substance abuse addiction, counseling, psychology, medical, mental health, and/or social service fields. A willing spirit to help anyone suffering is desired.

Ministry members provide professional, courteous, effective, supportive, confidential services to the populations served. Members agree to attend training sessions as deemed appropriate by the Minister of Pastoral Care and/or Ministry Chairperson.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. There are no dues or fees. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. You don’t have to be clean when you get here, but after your first meeting we suggest that you keep coming back and come clean. You don’t have to wait for an overdose or jail sentence to get help from NA, nor is addiction a hopeless condition from which there is no recovery. It is possible to overcome the desire to use drugs with the help of the 12‐Step program of Narcotics Anonymous and its fellowship of recovering addicts. Addiction is a progressive disease such as diabetes. If life has become unmanageable and you want to live without the necessity to use drugs, we have found a way. So we come to meetings, listen with an open mind, ask questions, get phone numbers from other members, use the support offered, and most importantly:

Stay Clean ‐ One Day At A Time!
Give Yourself A Chance.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

We, the men and women of AA have discovered, and admired, that we cannot control alcohol. We have learned that we must abstain if we are to avoid disaster for ourselves and those around us. With local groups in thousands of communities, we are a part of an informal international fellowship, which now has members in over 50 countries. We have but one primary purpose: TO STAY SOBER OURSELVES AND TO HELP OTHERS ACHIEVE SOBRIETY.

NAR-ANON

The Nar‐Anon Family Group is primarily for all who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone close to you. We too have traveled that unhappy road and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind. When you come into the family group you are no longer alone but among true friends who understand your problems as few others could. We will respect your confidence and anonymity, as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome. Our program, which is not a religious one but a spiritual way of life, is based on the 12‐Steps of Narcotics Anonymous. We have found that the working of these steps will bring the solution to practically any problem.

We urge you to take this program and its 12‐Steps seriously. Nar‐Anon has been helpful to us as the NA program is to the addict. We only ask for the wisdom and courage to see ourselves as we really are, to do something about ourselves with the help of a higher power, and for the grace to release our addicts with love and cease trying to change them.

Keep an open mind and attend as many meetings as possible. Feel free to ask questions and to enter into the discussions. You will soon make new friends and feel very much a part of the group. With the understanding that addiction is a disease, and the realization that we are powerless over it as well as over people’s lives, we are ready to do something useful and constructive with our own. Then, and only then, can we be of any help to others.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence (DV) is a pattern of abuse in relationships to exert power and control. It can be physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, economic or psychological. Behaviors of abuse include intimidation, manipulation, humiliation, and placing blame or injury.

DV can happen to anyone from any race, age, gender sexual orientation or religion. It occurs in marriage, dating and various family relationships. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and educational levels. DV thrives behind the doors of our private lives which can make it difficult to seek help. To combat these barriers, help is free, accessible and confidential. If you or someone you know is dealing with DV, please don’t suffer in silence. THE SAFE MINISTRY can help.

A UNIQUE POSITION

We are in a unique position to share our experiences, strengths, and our hopes in ways that broken people can understand, receive, and be made whole.

A life set free from all addictions by the Lord is a beautiful sight to behold. When we practice these principles and share our experiences, people will see the glory of God in our lives and gain hope. We know the pain of being enslaved to our passions and blinded by our denial. We have endured our seasons of grieving and we can relate to the struggle to be free. We also know that there is more to life than bondage. IN CHRIST there is healing, freedom, clarity, mercy, beauty, and joy.

Come to a place where there is no shame, ridicule or blame. Come to a place of hope, restoration, and healing.
Come to a place where it is SAFE!

MEETING DATES & TIMES

Narcotics Anonymous
Tuesdays 7:00 pm—8:30 pm

Nar‐Anon Family Support Group
Wednesdays 7:30 pm—9:00 pm

Alcoholics Anonymous
Fridays 7:30 pm—9:00 pm