Extra Day, Extra Dollar

If we’re going to help churches reach people no one else is reaching, we’re going to have to try stuff no one else is trying.

Thanks to the dedication of thousands of pastors, church staff, volunteers and families everywhere, we’re seeing a movement take shape that’s radically transforming the composition of our churches and attitudes in the church toward kids with disabilities and their families. I’m looking at a prospective agenda for our Wednesday morning team meeting that is making my head explode. Doors are swinging open everywhere. You’ll be hearing about some extraordinary opportunities our team members have to travel and teach in the weeks ahead, including presentations at major ministry conferences and at least one seminary. More churches will be launching respite outreaches, and we’ll have more tools at our disposal to train and resource those churches.

For this to work, and for us to continue to offer all of our training, consultation, resources and support for free, we need more people to step up in their willingness to share of their time, talent and treasure. The number of individual donors who support our ministry financially is relatively small, as is the number of churches providing ongoing financial support to the ministry. We’ve created a couple of new opportunities for individuals and churches to support the expansion of our ministry.

We were led to celebrate leap year with our first, one-day microgifting campaign… We’re calling the campaign “Extra Day, Extra Dollar.” We understand money is tight. We also recognize that many of the children and families who benefit from the resources we offer to churches don’t have extra money to contribute. But we want everyone to be able to contribute something to the work of Key Ministry, understanding that giving is an act of worship. Small contributions make a big difference.

  • If ten people give $1.00 each, we can adapt a teaching tool for a child with an intellectual disability.
  • Twenty-five $1.00 gifts cover the cost of a one-hour consultation to a local church.
  • Fifty $1.00 gifts provide a two-hour onsite observation at a church serving families touched by disabilities.
  • One hundred $1.00 gifts allow us to film a video training for a major online ministry conference.

Our other gifting opportunity for individuals and churches is our Key Catalog. Through our Key Catalog, you can choose to support inclusive Sunday morning ministries, sponsor  a new church for our Free Respite network, sponsor a JAM Session, sponsor Inclusion Fusion, support our presence at major ministry conferences or donate unused frequent flyer miles or hotel points to help support the costs of transporting our staff and volunteer trainers to churches and teaching opportunities.

Click here to contribute through our Key Catalog, or here to contribute through our website. One additional way you can help is by inviting friends to “like” our Facebook page. I’ll contribute $1.00 for every new “like” our Facebook page receives and $1.00 for every contribution received by Key Ministry on February 29th to a maximum of $500.00.

Thanks for your generous support of the work of Key Ministry!

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, www.church4everychild.org was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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