Partying With a Purpose

We’re continuing our guided tour of the free resources available to church staff and volunteers through the new Key Ministry website. Today, we’ll look at “Party With a Purpose,” a complete guide for churches seeking to develop outwardly-focused inclusion events. We’ll also share our Special Events toolbox, including resources for doing an inclusive Vacation Bible School, hosting neighborhood parties and doing inclusion ministry outside the walls of the church.

Note: Click on the “Resources” box in the toolbar at the top of the home page of our new website if you haven’t already registered. You’ll be prompted to establish a user name and password that will provide you access to every resource on the site.

Want your church to put together a prom for teens or young adults in your community? You’ve come to the right place…

Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Luke 14:12-14 (NIV)

The Prom is a modern day expression of what Jesus is describing to us in the book of Luke. It’s so much more than a party. It’s an outreach where the church extends an invitation to those who are so often overlooked by society, with no strings attached. We have all of the resources to guide your church through the process of hosting a prom.

We can help lay out for your church leadership the “Why?” of hosting a prom. We have resources to help your church know where to begin in planning a prom. We can help you develop a plan for recruiting volunteers, managing logistics and handling communication. We have job descriptions for volunteers on every team required for a successful event. We have sample brochures, sample letters to send to vendors when seeking donations to support your event and sample press releases. We have resources to help you brand your event. We have pretty much everything you need short of Harmony and the rest of our crew showing up in person to serve on your leadership team.

We’ve also got tools in our resource kit to help your church serve kids with disabilities and their families through other types of special events. We have a download to help your church include kids in Advent activities and events. We have downloads on planning inclusive parties outside the church, including an inclusive neighborhood party. We also have a resource for children’s pastors and volunteers with strategies for accommodating kids with disabilities during Vacation Bible School!

Sunday: We’ll continue our tour of Key Ministry’s new website by checking out the Inclusion Fusion Disability Ministry Video Library.

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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