I’m excited for the opportunity awaiting our ministry team to build upon the incredible gains of 2011, especially with Harmony Hensley joining our core ministry team, serving alongside Rebecca Hamilton, Katie Wetherbee and myself.
Unlike our pitiful, hometown excuse for an NFL team, our team has a solid game plan for the year ahead…not to mention an infinitely better Coach. Here’s a peek at our goals for 2012-goals worthy of a tenth anniversary celebration next December!
Developing a model for expanding a “boots on the ground” ministry presence into other major cities. We’re planning to launch pilot projects to put systems and people and funding to allow us to offer training, consultation, resources and support to churches throughout the U.S. and beyond with a relational presence. We want churches undertaking ministry to families of kids with disabilities to have a person (or people) in their area who they can turn to for help and support…someone they can build a relationship with as they connect with and build relationships with families attracted by their ministry.
Building upon Inclusion Fusion. We’re looking forward to presenting several topical events in anticipation of this year’s conference, scheduled for November 8-12, 2012. We’re also anticipating major progress toward our long-term goal of offering a FREE, online video training library for churches seeking to minister with children and adults with a broad range of special needs and their families through the Inclusion Fusion website.
Implement prototypes for ministry to families of kids with disabilities through online church campuses. Thanks to technology, families who live in communities without churches equipped to fully welcome and include them may have access to worship experiences, excellent Biblical teaching, small group experiences and opportunities to be discipled. Web-based ministry may also be a useful tool for reaching kids with emotional, behavioral or social disabilities that have served as barriers to church participation.
Free Respite website. We’ll be operationalizing a website as early as possible in 2012 to help churches promote and manage free respite events, and help families of kids with special needs to locate churches offering free respite.
Ministry resources to help churches serve teens and young adults with disabilities in transition. With more and more churches launching inclusive ministries for children with disabilities, there’s a need to help support and transition kids from children’s programming to middle and high school ministry. We’ve also seen kids with anxiety disorders fall away during the transition because of discomfort in large group environments with unfamiliar peers and kids with Asperger’s Disorder struggle because of difficulties with peer relationships when ministry is done in small groups.
Any of these initiatives float your boat? Call or e-mail us if you’d like to join the fun.
Pajama Conference is able to support FREE ministry training and conferences such as Inclusion Fusion through selling advertising on their websites and conference recordings. Your purchase of the videos from Inclusion Fusion will help to support the costs involved with producing Inclusion Fusion, but other valuable training events including the 2012 Children’s Ministry Web Summit and Youth Ministry Web Summit. Click here to order the complete 2011 Inclusion Fusion DVD collection!