Resolution on substance abuse ministry

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This resolution passed this morning:

WHEREAS in 2009, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that in one 30-day period:

  • nearly one-fourth of Americans 12 years or older had consumed alcoholic beverages to the point of intoxication,
  • 5.3 million had used cocaine,
  • 450,000 had used heroin,
  • 2 million had used inhalants,
  • 25.2 million had used marijuana,
  • 850,000 had used methamphetamine, and
  • over 15 million had abused prescription drugs; and

WHEREAS these statistics do not begin to tell the stories of the lives, families, congregations, and communities which have been devastated by drug and alcohol abuse; and

WHEREAS congregations are uniquely positioned to minister to the individuals and families impacted by substance abuse:

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that we encourage Texas Baptists to assess the effects of substance abuse in their congregations and communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we encourage our churches to respond to these effects through education, intervention, and appropriate ministries; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that Texas Baptists explore the ministry options available to them through the Christian Life Commission and other public and private organizations.

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