A few things about our blog makeover…

We did a few things last week to tidy up the appearance of the blog…design changes to blend the appearance of Church4EveryChild into the look we used for the new Key Ministry website.

While updating the look of the blog, we also updated the links posted along the right hand side of the page. You’ll notice a few changes…

In the toolbar near the top of the page as well as in the sidebar, Key Ministry’s Twitter page and feed are now accessible

Below the “Top Posts” section in the right hand sidebar, readers can now access either links to, or the complete text of all of our earlier blog series.

Of greatest significance to readers are the updates to our “Blogroll” and “Ministries We Like” sections in the right hand sidebar. One of the neat things we’ve been privileged to observe in our ten years of ministry is the way in which God has been raising up new leaders and ministry organizations to welcome and serve kids with disabilities and their families. In the course of updating our blog, we’d like to call your attention to a few of the individuals and organizations we’ve connected with in the past year doing great work in the disability ministry field. I’ll share three individuals whose links now appear in the sidebar today, and three organizations in tomorrow’s blog post.

Gillian Marchenko is a Christian, wife, mother, writer, speaker, and advocate for individuals with special needs. She writes and speaks about parenting kids with Down syndrome, faith, imperfection, and adoption. Her husband serves as pastor at Christian Fellowship Church in Chicago, where Gillian has been involved in launching a respite ministry for families of kids with special needs. Here’s an outstanding post on the importance of mothers seeking help for depression for the sake of their children and family.

John Knight is Director of Donor Partnerships at Desiring God. He is married to Dianne and together they parent their four children: Paul, Hannah, Daniel, and Johnny. Paul lives with multiple disabilities including blindness, autism, cognitive impairments and a seizure disorder. John blogs on issues of disability, the Bible, and the church. John is a champion for the value of persons with disabilities within the life of the church, and is busy putting together the Desiring God Disability Conference, to be held this coming November 8th in Minneapolis.

Mike Beates is a parent of a 30 year old who lives with profound disabilities related to a chromosomal anomaly. He has served since 2000 on the International Board of Directors at Joni and Friends and is author of Disability and the Gospel (Crossway, 2012).

Tomorrow, we’ll introduce you to several ministry organizations you should get to know.

Key Ministry is pleased to invite you to check out our new website. Over 180 FREE, downloadable resources are available to pastors, church staff and volunteers seeking to serve kids with disabilities and their families. Please check out keyministry.org today and share the link with anyone who can benefit!

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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