I’m pleased to announce the official “launch” of the second Key Ministry blog, Church4EveryChild, is scheduled for Sunday, September 12.
We’ll kick off the fall with a teaching series on the topic: ADHD and Spiritual Development: Tools for Parents and Ministry Leaders.
ADHD is one of the most common mental health disorders experienced by children and teens in the U.S. The Center for Disease Control reports 4.5 million youth between the ages of 5-17 had been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2006. The prevalence by state varies from 5-11%, with the highest rates reported in the “Bible Belt” states in the Southeast. Congratulations, Alabama! You’re #1 in more than just college football.
Every church with a sizable children’s or youth ministry needs an effective strategy for ministry to families of kids with ADHD. We’ll seek to provide our friends in children’s, youth and family ministry with the resources to serve kids with ADHD within your existing programming. We also hope to offer parents tools for helping their child with ADHD grow in faith.
Topics we’ll be covering in the series include:
What makes kids and teens with ADHD different?
How might ADHD affect one’s spiritual life?
What keeps people with ADHD out of church?
How might ADHD affect the ability to use spiritual disciplines?
Discipleship strategies for kids and teens with ADHD
What can parents do to help kids with ADHD grow in faith?
How might ADHD be a blessing to a Christ-follower?
ADHD and families
We’ll also have some special guest bloggers from the ranks of ADHD experts and ministry leaders, along with stories from families who have had to confront the challenge of raising a child with ADHD to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Please feel free to share your questions and comments-I’ll answer questions of greatest interest in new blog posts. Also…please forward the link to our blog to ministry leaders, church volunteers or parents with an interest in this topic.
Look forward to posts every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, beginning September 12.