Key Ministry in Pictures…2011

Our Key Ministry team had quite a year in 2011. Here are some of the highlights…

January: Steve met for the first time in person with Jeremy Collins from Pajama Media. Jeremy was instrumental in helping us launch our video training initiatives, inviting us to participate in the Children’s Ministry Websummit, and partnering with us to develop Inclusion Fusion. Katie Wetherbee was hard at work in developing our Key Ring Binder, a resource kit for church staff and volunteers seeking  to launch an inclusive ministry for families of kids with special needs.

February: Our team provides training for Directors of Religious Education from Catholic churches located in the southeast region of the Cleveland Diocese. We filmed our first video training, to be presented at the Children’s Ministry Websummit.

March: Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati hosted our first ever JAM (Jumpstarting All-Inclusive Ministry) Session on March 18. We hosted ministry leaders from churches in four states (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, North Carolina), including our new friend Angie, who drove 11 hours one way for the training.

April: Our team was very busy in April. During the first ten days of the month, Harmony Hensley and Libby Peterson presented at the McLean Bible Church Accessibility Summit, Katie, Harmony and myself presented for the Children’s Ministry Telesummit and I had an opportunity to preach on the topic “Blessed by Brokenness” at Martindale Christian Fellowship in Canton, Ohio.

Later in April, Harmony had the opportunity to present two breakout sessions (How to Pan Special Needs Space and How to Recruit Special Needs Volunteers) at the Orange Conference in Atlanta. She was also interviewed for CMConnect Radio on the topics she presented at the Orange Conference in April and in May.

May: Our team began the process of training leaders interested in providing church-based free respite in Northwest Pennsylvania. Steve was interviewed by Mike Woods on Blog Talk Radio on the topic of Family-Focused Special Needs Ministry. Katie and Steve helped launch a new web site for leaders in the field of special needs ministry.

June: Rebecca Hamilton, Jolene Philo and Katie presented our second JAM Session in Des Moines, Iowa. We trained twelve leaders from eight churches located throughout Iowa, including a representative of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, representing 68 parishes.

July: Steve and Katie were interviewed by Bob West for the Need Project podcast.

August: Plans for Inclusion Fusion, Key Ministry’s First Annual Special Needs Ministry Web Summit were announced.

September: First free church-based respite offered in Northwest Pennsylvania. Training offered to expand Northeast Ohio respite network. Steve, Katie, Rebecca and Cara Daily presented training at Cedarville University as a part of the Bioethics Conference and Through The Roof Summit, sponsored by Joni and Friends, featuring Joni Earickson Tada as the Keynote Speaker.

Chuck Swindoll agreed to serve as Keynote Speaker for Inclusion Fusion.

October: Largest JAM Session to date held in suburban Cleveland. Rebecca, Katie and Amanda Mooney trained over twenty leaders from ten different churches in Northeast Ohio. Katie and Steve traveled to Insight for Living to film interviews with Chuck Swindoll and his family for Inclusion Fusion.

Steve begins to serve as a contributing author to the children’s ministry website Kidmin Leaders.

November: Inclusion Fusion attracted over 1,000 pastors, ministry leaders, volunteers and family members for our first Annual Special Needs Ministry Web Summit. Steve, Katie, Rebecca, Harmony, Libby, Amanda and Rhonda Martin from our ministry were among the 25 presenters offering training during the conference.

Harmony Hensley accepts a newly created position of Director of Ministry Advancement. Harmony is charged with the task of building an organization to deliver personalized consultation and support to church staff and volunteers in dozens of major cities to accompany our rapidly expanding training resources.

December: Key Ministry announces plans to develop a permanent, free special needs ministry training library that will reflect best practices for churches seeking to minister with children and adults with a broad range of special needs and their families.

Here’s Chuck’s Keynote Address from the Special Needs Ministry Web Summit:

Please consider including Key Ministry in your year-end giving plans. Your gifts to our Annual Fund Campaign make possible the provision of all the training, consultation, resources and support at no charge to the churches we serve. 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 Rebecca Hamilton at for more information.

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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2 Responses to Key Ministry in Pictures…2011

  1. Charlotte Joos says:

    Fabulous! I ordered and received the dvd’s of the inclusion fusion. Can’t wait to watch it and learn and help others along in this journey of reaching the people in the special needs community. God bless you guys as you continue this great work!


  2. It is a true honor to have meet each of the Key Ministry Team. I look forward to working with your entire team on building God’s Kingdom together! Love your hearts, vision, and passion. Whatever you need.. I’m In!


    Jeremy Collins
    Pajama Conference


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