Key Ministry at the NACC and Group KidMin Conferences

We’re thrilled to announce that Key Ministry will be well-represented at two of the largest and best-known ministry conferences in 2012.

Harmony Hensley will be speaking at the North American Christian Convention (NACC) in Orlando on Thursday, July 12th. Harmony’s topic will be Inclusion Ministry and Disability: Getting Outside the Box. Here’s the description of Harmony’s talk:

Jesus made it clear in his ministry that he was sent for EVERYONE and that includes our friends affected by disability. Many churches are unaware of this mission field and are further intimidated at the thought of reaching this people group. Inclusion Ministry is easier than you think and in this workshop we will brainstorm some out of the box approaches to getting started. If you have a heart to create organic, systemic inclusion in the Body of Christ then this is the workshop for you! Participants will walk away with ministry tools and ideas to use right away!

Harmony’s presentation is sponsored by Christian Churches Disabilities Ministries, and is reportedly the first presentation on disability ministry at NACC in fifteen years.

Katie Wetherbee will be presenting a “Half-Track” session at the Group KidMin Conference, to be held in Chicago September 28-October 1. “Half-Tracks” are composed of two, two-hour sessions for a total of four hours focused on learning, discussion and application. Katie’s theme will be Special Needs-A Church For Every Child. Her first session is entitled Understanding Special Needs, while her second session will cover Strategies For Including Families With Special Needs. Here’s the summary of Katie’s “Half-Track” session:

Families affected by special needs are significantly less likely to attend church on a regular basis. This half-track will help you turn that around. Discover how common disabilities affect faith development and cause obstacles for church attendance. Delve into family dynamics and discuss ways to communicate effectively with parents of children with special needs. Practice easy-to-implement strategies for welcoming and teaching kids with special needs; behavior management, classroom culture and modifying curriculum.

Congratulations to Harmony and Katie for the honor of having been invited to present at two such prominent conferences! We’re excited by the opportunity to further disseminate Key Ministry’s free training, resources and support to new friends we’ll meet through those conferences for the purpose of helping churches to more effectively minister to kids with disabilities and their families.

Nice job, team!

Key Ministry’s mission is to help churches reach families affected by disability by providing FREE resources to pastors, volunteers, and individuals who wish to create an inclusive ministry environment.  We invite you to partner with us as we advance the Kingdom through our collaboration with the local and global church.  We have designed our Key Catalog to create fun opportunities for our ministry supporters to join in our mission.  The Key Catalog includes a variety of gift options for every budget.  A gift from the Key Catalog also makes for an amazing gift for a friend or loved one who is passionate about seeing the Body of Christ become more inclusive of people with disabilities.  Click here to check it out!

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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