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Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by TaterTot, Jan 30, 2003.
Anyone ever had this problem?
[ January 30, 2003, 02:44 AM: Message edited by: TaterTot ]
I expect it will come up sooner or later.
I think the safety of the children should be the #1 concern. If somebody is known to be bringing drugs in, then that person should be brought to the authorities, and stopped. By any rate, they should be left off that bus on Sunday morning. You can only give one chance with something like this.
....Yeah, ...we've had that problem....
One of our ministries is working with the addicted so we men around that have addictions.
We have policies in our work manual dealing with the problem and a pastor who counsels. We work closely with a rehab. facility.
On the plus side one of our former "problems" is now supported by missionary funds and works very successfully in the rehab facility, another works in our church.
God still works miracles in peoples lives!
Our church has recently started a program called "Reformer's Unanimous" for people with addictions. And the judges are now sentencing some offenders to attend our classes for nine weeks instead of sending them to a drug rehab program. The result has been tremendous because the program is held during Sunday School; the offenders have to stay for church also and they end up getting saved! Praise the Lord!
We have a narcotics anonymous groups that meets once a week. Many who went through the program are now productive members of the congregation.
Aren't those programs great John? The ones who get saved help the newer ones coming into the program and it just keeps getting better!
We do have drugs at our church, especially the "soft" kind.
Nicotene is the favorite of some of the deacons.
Caffeine is the favorite of many.
Alcohol is low on the favorites list, so it remains hidden most of the time.
Pain Relievers probably get a pass.
I am being serious. We are uncovering a nasty "web" of children/teenagers who are using drugs and passing them at church. We are working w/detectives to eliminate this problem. Just wondering if anyone else out there ever has dealt with this before.
At our church, we gotta use drugs to survive.
Not really. But, I know people have come to church high before, not because we want them to, but they have. Plus we have had some hang out outside.
We try to keep an eye out as best we can, but if they weren't sick, why would they need Jesus?
I agree, Saggy. I know of some who have come high, too, and I am glad they do come. But our problem is that they are coming so they can "get" the drugs. We cannot allow church to be a breeding ground for that lifestyle. They are all welcome to come - we actually bring them in on the bus. This problem repeats itself about every 2 years here for some reason. We are praying that God will get glory from it somehow. I believe he will.