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Addiction Ministry

First Lutheran Church has partnered with Face It TOGETHER because our congregation is committed to creating a culture of care and openness for those impacted by addiction. Other congregations across Sioux Falls are also joining us in this venture.

This initiative is designed to reduce barriers by changing how we think about addiction, about those impacted, and about how we can support them. By transforming our community's attitudes about addiction, we hope more people will get well and stay well.


Communities Facing Addiction teams from across Sioux Falls met together in February 2017 with our partners at Face It TOGETHER. Since the kickoff on September 25, 2016, Face It TOGETHER coaches have supported at least ten individuals referred by our participating churches. Face It TOGETHER has also seen a dramatic increase in Loved Ones coming to them for coaching services. With the help of a Recovery Coach, Loved Ones can learn how to better care for their own health, compassionately set boundaries, and communicate better with those who are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. 

To that end, we have determined that supporting Loved Ones will be the next focus of our Communities Facing Addiction efforts.

Click to view a message from Bishop David Zellmer of the South Dakota Synod.

initiative goals

  • Create a culture of care and openness for people and their loved ones with alcohol and other drug addictions in our congregations

  • Build a reputation in the community that our congregations are safe places for people and their loved ones with alcohol and other drug addictions to seek and find help

  • Increase understanding of addiction as a disease

  • Build a networked community of knowledgeable referring partners

  • Motivate more people and their loved ones to get help for addiction

  • Be a community that engages the spirit in healing work

  • Increase capacity for and commitment to loving the neighbor struggling with alcohol and other drug additions through tangible acts of care

  • Annually showcase and celebrate our congregations’ commitment to creating a culture of caring for people and their loved ones suffering from alcohol and other drug addictions.

Visit the Communities Facing Addiction website.

join the team

First Lutheran’s Facing Addiction team meets periodically to help our church meet the goals of the Communities Facing Addiction initiative. To inquire about joining the Facing Addiction team, please email Pastor Katherine Olson at kolson@flcsf.org.


More members of First Lutheran may wish to be trained as Recovery Advocates so they can skillfully befriend and help those who are concerned about their own drinking or drug use, as well as those who have concerns about a loved one. Recovery Advocates are required to complete a three-hour course with the staff at Face It TOGETHER before being added to our Advocate Team. To inquire about becoming a Recovery Advocate, please email Pastor Katherine Olson at kolson@flcsf.org.


Financial supporters can help the Facing Addiction ministry grow within our congregation as well as support the effort to grow this partnership across our synod and other denominations. Checks made out to First Lutheran Church with Facing Addiction in the memo line will support our efforts. You may also contact Pastor Katherine Olson at kolson@flcsf.org if you have more questions about becoming a financial supporter.



Face It TOGETHER’s office is staffed with Recovery Coaches who can provide individuals and family members with informal, personalized support over an extended period of time. They help clients overcome barriers to addiction wellness and develop skills and knowledge to manage their disease and stay well. Coaches use their training and experience to provide structure, hold clients accountable to their goals, and act as advocates. 

To set up an appointment with a Recovery Coach, email info@faceitsiouxfalls.org or call (605) 274-2262 or (855) 4-FACEIT (toll-free). Face It TOGETHER’s office is located at 5020 South Tennis Lane, #4, in Sioux Falls, one block east of 57th and Louise.


Face It TOGETHER provides telephone recovery support to help people stay well from addiction. Our trained volunteers make weekly calls to individuals throughout their recovery.  The calls are an opportunity to check in, identify any issues, and connect clients to resources to keep them well and prevent a recurrence of symptoms. Clients are enrolled for an initial 12-week program but can continue receiving calls as long as they wish.

To get connected, call (605) 274-2262 or (855) 4-FACEIT (toll-free).


Twelve members of First Lutheran have been trained to befriend those who have concerns about their own drinking or drug use, as well as family members who are experiencing concern for someone they love. First Lutheran’s Recovery Advocates can listen, pray, encourage, and help connect individuals to recovery support. They are committed to keeping all concerns confidential. 

You may connect to our Recovery Advocates using information from our church’s directory, or contact Pastor Katherine Olson or Care and Health Coordinator Jordan Stone for a referral.