Faces of the Movement…Aaron Scheffler

Leading up to this year’s Inclusion Fusion, our team wants to introduce you to some of the people God has called to serve as leaders in the movement among local congregations to more effectively serve, welcome and include kids with disabilities and their families into the life of the church. Today, we’d like to start by introducing you to Aaron Scheffler, one of our speakers for Inclusion Fusion 2012, and a first-year member of the Program Committee responsible for assembling the speakers and content for this year’s Web Summit.

Aaron serves as the Executive Director for Mark 2 Ministries, an organization that works with churches around the globe to equip them to be able to show Jesus’ love to people with disabilities and to integrate these same people into their congregations. He is a life-long learner in the areas of Scripture, Business, Leadership, Disability, and Education. Aaron is a native of the north side of Indianapolis Indiana. He now lives in the Indy north suburban area with his wife, Debra where he enjoys cycling and reading in his spare time. Aaron’s Inclusion Fusion presentation is on the topic…Networking: For Ministry.

Mark 2 has served a vital role in pulling together a diverse group of churches from throughout the state of Indiana for training and mutual support as individual churches pursue active disability ministry initiatives. Many believe that networking is a business activity that is used solely by businesses. Mark 2 has demonstrated how networking is now a vital part of church life and ministry as well. Aaron will spend time in his presentation discussing how to develop networking groups to facilitate churches talking to one another to share experiences – good and bad – to further the Kingdom. He’ll also discuss how networking groups help to propel ministry while avoiding pitfalls.

Aaron will be inviting over 100 churches from across Indiana for an Inclusion Fusion “watch party” on Thursday, November 15th. Staff and volunteers from churches served by Mark 2 will gather and watch some of the video presentations of greatest interest. Members of our Key Ministry team can be available to video conference for other church groups planning watch parties for Inclusion Fusion week (November 12-16).

Here’s a brief video Aaron shared with us explaining “Why” he thinks the topic of including persons with disabilities and their families is of great importance to the church…

To contact Aaron directly, or for more information on the services provided by Mark 2 Ministries, e-mail Aaron at: aaron@mark2ministries.org, check out their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. Here’s a blog post Aaron did last year on the Disability Ministry Connection (DMC) that he has put together in Indiana through his work with Mark 2.

Inclusion Fusion, Key Ministry’s second annual Special Needs Ministry Web Summit is made available FREE OF CHARGE to pastors, church staff, volunteers and families everywhere from November 12th-16th, 2012. For an up to date list of speakers, topics, links to speaker blogs and a link for free registration, click here.

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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1 Response to Faces of the Movement…Aaron Scheffler

  1. mercadee says:

    On October 13, come and see us in the great state of Texas! Steve Grcevich will be teaching two workshops at the Faith and Disability Symposium in Katy, TX. This conference is full of unique workshops designed to take your ministry to a higher level…and guaranteed to encourage you. Our friend and colleague, Denise Briley is one of the leaders of this conference…you MUST meet her! Her enthusiasm for inclusion is priceless. To learn more about this conference, click here.


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