We’ve been fortunate to enjoy the benefits of Mike Woods’ wisdom and experience during his recent guest blog series for Autism Awareness Month. Mike’s truly a thought leader in the field of disability ministry, but a humble thought leader. When we first discussed his guest blog series, I’d asked him to put together a post with links to many of the excellent web-based resources he’s developed for church staff, volunteers and parents for serving kids with special needs. Mike seemed a little reluctant to blow his own horn, so I thought I’d share links to some resources Mike has developed that church staff and volunteers might find especially valuable in ministering to kids with autism spectrum disorders and their families…
Special Friends Ministry…Mike’s blog that he writes in his capacity as Special Needs Ministry Director at First Baptist Orlando. If you enjoyed the miniseries he did here for Autism Awareness Month, you can subscribe and receive the benefit of his wisdom several times each week.
You are A Gift to Parents…This is a segment from Mike’s online radio program in which he shares his story of trying to find a church with three sons with autism spectrum disorders, and the ways in which the church can be a blessing to the family impacted by autism.
Four Gifts That Parents Receive from a Special Needs Ministry… This is a blog post Mike wrote on CM Connect that can serve as a great encouragement to volunteers serving in special needs ministry as well as support for launching or growing ministry initiatives to families of kids with special needs.
Relational Crisis Prevention…This is a website Mike launched last year to provide resources to families to avert challenging behaviors while maintaining healthy relationships. Here’s the first in a series of videos he put together for the site:
Making Room…This site was developed while Mike was working for the St. Louis County Schools. There are lots of useful downloads, including a church welcome assessment, handouts to a number of presentations Mike has given on behavioral interventions, and links to some of his favorite radio programs.
Michael the Marine…Here’s a five minute radio show from Joni Earickson Tada that aired after Joni had the opportunity to meet Mike earlier this year at First Baptist Orlando.
Family-Focused Special Needs Ministry…This is one of my favorites. I had the opportunity to be Mike’s guest on his radio show on May 17th, 2011. We discussed the topic of family-based ministry approaches for kids with autism and other special needs. I hope to have the opportunity to continue this discussion with Mike when his responsibilities with First Baptist Orlando allow.
Thanks again to Mike for a fabulous guest series on building relationships with kids and adults with autism spectrum disorders. You can read the first, second, third and final installments of his series here.
Key Ministry will be offering free, day-long JAM (Jumpstart All-Inclusive Ministry) Sessions at Two Rivers Church in Knoxville, TN on Saturday, April 28th and at Center Pointe Christian Church in Cincinnati, OH on Saturday, May 12th. Click here to register for either JAM Session!