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Intervention – It’s Nothing Like a TV Show – EMMAUS

Program Description

Every experienced Pastor, Deacon or PMA has run into the frustrations of dealing with substance abuse problems. Want to make a significant pastoral impact on families affected by alcohol, drugs and other addictions? The Flashing Your Brights model of pastoral care and the Faith Partners model of congregational ministry offer the tools to do so. Join Pastor Otto Schultz and learn how to strengthen your ministry in this area.

This 6 – hour training will:

  • Introduce Pastors, Deacons and PMA’s to the five simple communication tools they need to
    give exceptional pastoral care to families troubled by substance problems.
  • Help them see their interventions within the framework of sound Christian theology.
  • Help them support families to quit excusing, covering up and other enabling behaviors.
  • Explain how the concepts of sin and disease work together to make sense of substance use
  • Offer simulations for practicing sound pastoral care with substance use disorders.
  • Provide insight into the Twelve Step Spirituality and what the Church may learn from it.


The presenter is Rev. Otto B. Schultz, B. A., M. Div., and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Ret.).  A graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, this ELCA Pastor has been in the substance abuse field for over 40 years.   He has trained thousands of people in practical tools for addressing substance use problems and helped hundreds of families intervene successfully.  Schultz recently retired as the Spiritual Counselor at Bryan Medical Center Independence Center in Lincoln.  He has two children, Leighun Marie of Lincoln and Matthew of Caro, MI. He loves dogs, but only if they belong to other people.

Course Details

Format: Online via Zoom – Zoom link will be send to those registered after January 2, 2024

Dates: Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, and 25

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am Central / 9:00am – 10:30am Mountain

Cost: $25/person – No refunds after January 2. (If costs are a concern, please contact Rev. Schultz)

Registration: Deadline January 2, 2024

Continuing Education Credits: 6 hours of continuing education credit. (PMAs need to follow PMA guidelines to receive credit.)

Target Audience:This workshop is designed for pastors, deacons, parish ministry associates (PMA) and other key staff who may be providing pastoral support to families troubled by substance problems.
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