Faces of the Movement…Amy Jacober

Pastors and church leaders who minister with teens and young adults are essential to the disability ministry movement. Our Program Committee for Inclusion Fusion was intentional this year about seeking out leaders in youth ministry who are passionate about seeing the church become more effective in serving teens with disabilities. We’re very fortunate to have a nationally recognized youth ministry leader of Amy Jacober‘s status join us for this year’s Special Needs Ministry Web Summit. Amy will be speaking on the topic of Good For All: how serving in ministry with people with disabilities strengthens your faith.

Amy (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is a youth ministry veteran with ministry and teaching experience. She is a lead consultant with Youth Ministry Architects and serves on the Young Life Capernaum national board. Most recently she she wrote The Adolescent Journey (IVP, 2011) with a book on theology and disability in process. In her free time she can be found playing with her two girls, husband and oversized dog.

In Amy’s presentation, she’ll expound upon her observation that many people find after volunteering with people with disabilities that their own faith not only is strengthened but flourishes. What may begin as a hesitant agreement to “serve others” becomes a life changing experience for all involved. This is good news for those recruiting leaders who may be reluctant thinking that they either not qualified or fearful of what it may do to their faith.

Amy shared a wonderful invitation to followers of her blog earlier this week entitled Invitation to Inclusion about why including adolescents with disabilities and their families into the life of the church is so important. Our Key Ministry team hopes to have you join us for Inclusion Fusion to learn more from Amy during the week of November 12th-16th.

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Join Amy and over 30 leaders from children’s, family, youth and disability ministry serving as faculty for Inclusion Fusion, Key Ministry’s second annual Special Needs Ministry Web Summit. Inclusion Fusion 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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