On behalf of the 2012 Inclusion Fusion Program Committee, the staff and volunteers of Key Ministry and our friends at Pajama Conference, I’m pleased to announce that registration for this year’s Special Needs Ministry Web Summit is officially open. This year, Inclusion Fusion will be held from Monday, November 12th through Friday, November 16th.
We have a fabulous lineup of speakers this year! The theme for this year’s Inclusion Fusion is “Why?” Why is it so important for churches to be intentional about serving families impacted by disability? Many of our speakers will be addressing that question in the course of their presentations.
Here’s a partial list of speakers committed to joining us for Inclusion Fusion 2012! We’ll be adding to this list by the day over the next week or two as we receive more commitments…
Mike Beates (International Board of Directors, Joni and Friends): Brief Theology of Disabilities
Ben Conner (Young Life Capernaum): Amplifying our Witness: From Inclusion to Partnership
Jeff Davidson (Rising Above Ministries): Two-gether
Barb Dittrich (SNAPPIN’ Ministries): Making the Case for Mentoring
Joe and Cindi Ferrini (Cru, Unexpected Journey): We are FAMILY!
John and Ann Holmes (Restoration Church, Pittsburgh, PA): Broken Needs Fixed
John Knight (Desiring God): For the Sake of Your Own Joy! Why Your Church Should Want Families Like Mine
Marie Kuck (Nathaniel’s Hope): Bridging the Gap Can Be Fun And Not So Scary
Jeff McNair (California Baptist University, Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability): Topic To Be Announced
Barbara J. Newman (CLC Network): ADHD and Your Church
Nick Palermo (Young Life Capernaum): Including Kids With Special Needs in Your Youth Ministry
Jolene Philo (Different Dream Parenting): It’s Not Just For Soldiers Anymore: PTSD and Kids With Special Needs
Bryan Roe (Crosspoint Community Church, Oconomowoc, WI): The Greater Miracle
Rhett Smith (Auxano Counseling): Reframing Anxiety: The Inclusion of Anxiety in Our Church Communities
Matthew Stanford (Mental Health Grace Alliance): Viewing Mental Illness Through the Eyes of Faith
Colleen Swindoll-Thompson (Insight For Living Special Needs Ministry): Faith When Life Falls Apart
Katie Wetherbee (Key Ministry): Sticks and Stones, Clicks and Phones: Solutions for Preventing Bullying at Church
Mike Woods (Special Needs Ministry, First Baptist Orlando): Partnering With Parents
We also plan some special presentations from our Key Ministry staff , along with lots of opportunities for online interaction with our presenters. Barb Dittrich from our Program Committee has graciously agreed to host nightly Tweetchats during the Web Summit. We’re also planning some opportunities for live, online videoconferencing with several of our conference presenters…more on that later.
To register for Inclusion Fusion 2012…
Click here for new user registration to the Web Summit. You’ll be asked for some very basic information (a user name, first, last name, city and e-mail address). After you register, you’ll be sent a password you’ll use to log in before and during the conference. It’s that easy.
We do need your help in making Inclusion Fusion 2012 a success. Since Key Ministry does this all for free, we have no “marketing budget” for the Web Summit. We’re counting on you to get the word out to any pastors, church staff ministry volunteers and families who would be interested in joining us for this year’s Inclusion Fusion. Here’s what you can do…
Share the link to this blog post with anyone who might be interested in Inclusion Fusion 2012.
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Follow Key Ministry on Twitter…the official “hashtag” for the Web Summit will be #inclusionfusion2012.
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Here’s John Knight, one of this year’s Web Summit speakers, explaining “Why” disability ministry and being part of Inclusion Fusion are important to him…
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!