The Gifts I’d Like to Give…Encouragement

Parenting a child with a disability is hard work. So is leading a ministry organization.

For parents of children with disabilities, optimism can be elusive. The path to progress in school and in treatment often seem like three steps forward and two steps backward. It’s easy for parents to lose hope when new doctors, new therapies and new intervention plans don’t pan out.

Ministry leaders often face significant discouragement as well. Lately it seems as if a number of our like-minded colleagues are experiencing significant adversity. Since becoming involved in Key Ministry, I’ve become much more aware of the reality of spiritual warfare. Christians seeking to be of much usefulness in building the Kingdom can anticipate obstacles and resistance…the enemy doesn’t play by the rules. One common strategy employed by the “other team” is to play mind games with Christ-followers…to convince them that their ministry involvement won’t make a difference.

When I’ve faced times of great discouragement over this past year, one of the first places I turn to is my old church. There are a number of people there with the gift of saying the right thing at the right time…to remind me of past successes, of teaching from the Bible that I’ve forgotten in the heat of the moment or willing to share lessons learned from their past experiences. A big reason why we do what we do at Key Ministry is that I want all families, especially families struggling with the challenges of a child with a significant disability, to have a place to go where they’ll experience encouragement.

Can you take the time in the New Year to share genuine words of encouragement with families struggling with the challenges of a child with a disability? Our friends Barb Dittrich and Shannon Dingle have been through a lot this year. I’m sure they’d appreciate your prayers and encouragement as they continue to do great work in spite of the challenges placed in their paths.

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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One Response to The Gifts I’d Like to Give…Encouragement

  1. Ann Holmes says:

    Thanks, Steve, for your Godly wisdom AND for the shout out for prayer for Shannon and Barb!


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