Katie Wetherbee put together some statistics through early November in an effort to quantify the reach of our ministry efforts this past year…
1,032 pastors, church staff, volunteers and family members were registered for Inclusion Fusion, our first annual Special Needs Ministry Web Summit.
We did consultations with representatives of churches and/or families in eighteen states, including Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, Idaho, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, New Hampshire, Illinois, Virginia and Missouri.
Our Key Ring Binders (comprehensive resource for launching a special needs ministry in a local church) have been sent to over 100 ministry leaders in 21 states, England and South Africa.
Team members trained thousands through our participation in a number of major ministry conferences in 2011. We presented at the Orange Conference, Children’s Ministry Telesummit, McLean Accessibility Summit and the Cedarville Bioethics Conference/Joni and Friends Through The Roof Summit.
We’ve seen our networks of churches offering free respite in Northeast Ohio and greater Cincinnati continue to grow, and a new respite initiative launch in Northwest Pennsylvania.
We’ve had between 50,000-60,000 page views for our website and ministry blogs in the past year, and our Facebook page has been accessed by visitors from nineteen countries in the last four weeks. Our third distinctive ministry blog, A Reckless Pursuit, has launched within the last month.
Thanks to the support of individual donors, churches and family foundations, and the extraordinary generosity of our volunteer trainers with their time and talent, all of the training, consultation, resources and support offered by our Key Ministry team was provided completely free of charge to the churches we serve.
Our Board of Directors have been responsible stewards of the resources our donors have provided. We were able to provide all of the training and resources described above in 2011 with a budget of around $65,000.
We don’t ask for money very often. Our focus is on helping churches reach families affected by disabilities. I’ll be sharing in subsequent posts our plans for 2012, but one overriding goal for Key Ministry is to develop and pilot a model for placing trainers in major cities across the U.S. to support the churches we serve and build regional networks of churches providing free respite to families of kids with disabilities.
Please consider a year-end gift to the Key Ministry Annual Fund Campaign. Online contributions can be made through our ministry website. We are also seeking friends to serve as advocates for Key Ministry with the Missions Board or Stewardship Committee of their local churches. Please contact either myself at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rebecca Hamilton at email@example.com if you’d like more information.
We’re also looking for volunteers willing to contribute of their time and talents to advancing the movement to include families of children and youth with disabilities with churches in their local communities. Want to help? Contact us.
We continue to be very appreciative of the prayer support we receive from friends of our ministry. We felt very “prayed-for” during the first morning of Inclusion Fusion when the servers were struggling to handle hundreds of leaders requesting video training all at once.
Last Friday night, I was privileged to spend nearly two hours praying for our like-minded friends around the country served by our ministry. The list of churches and ministries we’ve connected with was longer than I’d ever imagined. We’ve been richly blessed!
ACCESS TO INCLUSION FUSION TALKS AND DOWNLOADS NOW EXTENDED THROUGH SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31st! Chuck Swindoll and more than twenty-five ministry leaders came together on November 3rd-7th as part of a Special Needs Ministry Web Summit for church staff, volunteers, family members and caregivers everywhere. Inclusion Fusion is a Key Ministry event, presented FREE OF CHARGE with the support of Pajama Conference. Register here for access to the video archives of the Summit!