Ten Ways Churches Can Support Parents of Kids With Special Needs

This coming Sunday, I’ll have what I think is a pretty special free resource to share with church staff, volunteers and family members who make up the disability ministry community. To tide your over until then, I’d like to share with you one of our most outstanding presentations from last year’s inaugural Inclusion Fusion Special Needs Ministry Web Summit.

One of our presenters returning for Inclusion Fusion 2012 is Jolene Philo. Jolene’s first child was born with a life-threatening birth defect that required immediate surgery and six more surgeries over the next 15 years. She worked with students with special needs s in a variety of settings during her 25 years as a classroom teacher. She also served for four years as Director of Discipleship and Assimilation at her church. Her book, A Different Dream for My Child: Meditations for Parents of Critically and Chronically Ill Children was released by Discovery House Publishers in 2009. Her newest book, Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs is now available.

Jolene did a wonderful talk on the topic Ten Ways Churches Can Support Parents of Kids With Special Needs for last year’s Web Summit (click on the link above to download her slides). Feel free to share this talk with others, and if you’re interested in more resources like Jolene’s presentation, click the link in the last paragraph for FREE registration to this year’s Inclusion Fusion 2012, scheduled from November 12th-16th.

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 fromNovember 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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