How does Key Ministry help connect churches and families?


Earlier this week, a good friend of our ministry sent me an E-mail in which she put forth a series of questions to better understand what Key Ministry does and how we do it. This past Thursday we discussed how Key Ministry builds bridges to help connect churches with families of kids with issues. Today, we’ll look at the strategies Key Ministry employs to introduce churches and families of kids with hidden disabilities to one another.

A primary purpose of this blog is to help church leaders and volunteers better understand the strengths, needs and challenges of a population that’s clearly underserved by the local church. The families we seek to connect generally have an awareness of God and some sense of the potential benefits of being connected to a church, but often carry the baggage of past experiences of church in which they felt embarrassed, uncomfortable or just didn’t fit in with the rest of the people. Church leaders will struggle to minister to persons or families they don’t understand. Key Ministry helps fill that knowledge gap.

In helping individual churches to pursue and connect families of kids with hidden disabilities, Key Ministry suggests three general strategies: Serve them, create welcoming environments for the kids, their siblings and their parents, and include them in the activities vital to the life of the church.

Serve, welcome, include. We’ll unpack how churches implement these strategies in connecting with families of kids with hidden disabilities in the coming months. Key Ministry helps pastors, leaders and volunteers problem-solve ways of doing ministry consistent with their church’s culture and giftedness by launching identified ministries, serving families in existing programming or through helping the church figure out how to minister to an individual family with a challenging child.

Next, we’ll introduce the “stuff” we offer churches…the types of training we do, how we help pastors and leaders when they call with specific problems and the plans we have going forward to make ministry resources more available to churches.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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