While building the Holy Friendship Collaborative program in partnership with Duke Divinity School Theology, Medicine & Cultural Initiative’s “Reimagining Health Collaborative,” we realized that there is more than one pathway in which we, as churches, organizations, and individuals, may choose to connect and follow going forward. Therefore, we have developed Three Pathways for Involvement in the Holy Friendship Collaborative, each with its own distinct application process:
Congregational Cohort (8-12 churches) – Congregational Cohort Churches, or a group of representatives from a church congregation, will partner with the Holy Friendship Collaborative Regional Facilitator to assess the needs and capacities of their congregation and local community, discern, design, and implement new or expanded programs or ministries around the opioid crisis in their local context, and learn from one another, via occasional regional Gatherings, through shared mission and support. Teams will meet within their churches at regular intervals and with other churches in the cohort at key points throughout the 18-month program.
Community Partners of the HFC – The HFC Community Partners will consist of individuals, congregations, and organizations within a finite geographic area who will connect and collaborate on initiatives to address addiction in their region. These geographically determined groups are necessary as part of the work of the HRSA grant, and could be defined as a city, county, or groups of more than one cit(ies) or count(ies) working together. These are organizations who are willing to invite others in to share in the work with them, and/or to benefit from their knowledge, expertise, and success. The HFC Regional Project Facilitator will help facilitate connections and education/training/service opportunities among HFC Community Partners in these collaborative areas. Applications for this pathway will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
Friends of The HFC – Many individuals have a heart for people living with addiction and desire to begin serving immediately as the hands and feet of Christ, even though their congregation may not currently provide opportunities for engagement. These individuals are encouraged to join as a “Friend of the Holy Friendship Collaborative” in order to make purposeful connections with like-minded individuals and groups within their community and the region for opportunities for prayer, trainings, education, and service. Again, these connections will be facilitated by the Regional Project Facilitator, and opportunities for education, training, connection, and service will be offered. Applications for this pathway will also be accepted on an ongoing basis.