Harold Savage, Minister
Church of Christ of Snellville, GA
Closing Plenary Speaker
Stronger Together: How Faith Communities and Addiction Professionals Can Work Together
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,” said Helen Keller. No truer words have ever been spoken. We will have a greater chance of surviving a tragedy or overcoming an obstacle if we join forces with likeminded souls and face those struggles and obstacles together. This is especially true for those good soldiers on the front lines fighting for people whose lives have been broken by additions. Physicians and counselors along with clergy and community leaders can make even a greater impact working in concert to help others through the recovery process.
1. See the value. My personal experience is that faith communities either do not see the need or the value of addiction professionals and addiction professionals see no value or need in the faith community. This is a tragic mindset that misses out on a myriad of opportunities. It takes all of us in the recovery process of body, mind, and soul.
2. Share the load. There are resources, help and support available to a hurting community. If we could share in those resources, we could share in carrying the heavy load of healing and recovery.
3. Shine the Light. We have more in common than most realize. We have a common enemy. We have a common goal. And we work, hope, and pray for a common positive outcome. We can shine brighter together.
1.5 CE Hours
HAROLD SAVAGE is minister of the Snellville Church of Christ in Snellville, Georgia and the author of Roll Call – Spiritual Insights Beneath the Blue Lights. A former police officer, Harold received a BA in Bible from Palm Beach Atlantic University and graduated from Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. Harold and Kay will be married forty years this year. They have two children, Larry and Michelle and three grandchildren.