Call for Speakers…Inclusion Fusion 2012

When our team at Key Ministry developed the concept for Inclusion Fusion, we intended to create an event featuring Kingdom-minded leaders honoring God through innovative ministry to persons with disabilities and their families. We want to draw attention to “up and coming” leaders with fresh ideas to contribute to the disability ministry movement. That’s where you come in…

Our Program Committee can’t possibly be aware of every leader with great ideas to contribute to pastors, church staff, volunteers and families involved in disability ministry.  We need your help!

It’s time again for us to offer the opportunity to serve as an Inclusion Fusion faculty member to any member of our larger family in Christ with excellent ideas or strategies to contribute to the field of disability ministry. After all, doesn’t that reflect what it means to be inclusive?

If you or someone you know has implemented an innovative ministry strategy for serving kids or adults with disabilities or developed resources to support families with the spiritual challenges they face in raising kids with disabilities  and would like a platform to share ideas with other leaders in the special needs or disability ministry communities, here’s your invitation to apply to join our faculty for Inclusion Fusion 2012, scheduled for November 12th-16th 2012.

We’re looking for cutting-edge presentations from leaders working in the field of disability ministry and we encourage discussion of diverse ideas and views. While our Program Committee hasn’t yet established areas of concentration for this year’s Inclusion Fusion, topics under consideration include family-based disability ministry, outwardly-focused ministry, mental health, respite care, trauma, adoption and international disability ministry. Our Program Committee encourages submissions from leaders working in small church environments.

Applicants are required to have the technical resources to produce their video presentations for the conference and transmit the finished video to our partners at Pajama Conference. We’re suggesting presentations of 15-20 minutes in length (30 minutes maximum) in order to accommodate as many speakers as possible for this year’s Inclusion Fusion.

Last year’s inaugural conference (featuring keynote speaker Chuck Swindoll) served over 1,300 registrants, including senior pastors, ministry leaders, church staff and volunteers from 42 states and five countries.

Prospective faculty members can submit ideas for presentations by clicking this link. Here’s a list of featured presentations from last year’s conference. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, July 31 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Prospective faculty are required to submit links to video of any previous teaching or training presented on topics related to special needs or disability ministry.

The Inclusion Fusion Program Committee plans to make final determinations on the faculty lineup by Friday, August 31. Faculty are required to submit final copies of video presentations and Power Point handouts by Friday, October 5.

Please share this invitation with leaders who need to be part of Inclusion Fusion 2012! Feel free as well to share suggestions for this year’s speaker lineup in the comments section below, or directly with me at steve@keyministry.org.

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