Tales from the special needs ministry front…

large door final.inddOur Key Ministry team has been hard at work laying the foundation for some really big things we’ll be announcing in the coming months. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some very neat updates that have drifted across our radar screen…

Shannon Dingle and her husband Lee recently made a brief video for the Archibald Project (an educational non-profit using media and documentary storytelling to educate and inspire people towards adoption) on the topic of life after adoption. It’s definitely worth a look…

Also worth a look is this photo blog capturing the Dingle’s adoption experience in Taiwan, as well as Shannon’s revamped blog, Celebrating Beauty in Brokenness.

Marshall ShelleyMarshall Shelley is a prominent figure in the evangelical community…editor of Leadership Journal and an editorial vice-president of Christianity Today. Here’s a great story describing the impact his daughter had on so many around her, despite her brief life with microcephaly…

Amy SimpsonAmy Simpson is a former publishing executive working at Christianity Today as Editor of Gifted For Leadership.com and Kyria’s Marriage & Parenting resources. She’s a free-lance writer who grew up in a family that experienced firsthand the impact of mental illness. Her new book, Troubled Minds-Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission addresses the topic of how the church can love people with mental illness and include those “with minds that are whole and minds that are troubled.” Her book is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. We’re looking forward to Amy serving as a guest blogger in May. In the meantime, here’s a preview of her new book

cm0313_122x166Finally, I’d like to extend congratulations to our teammate Katie Wetherbee. Katie has been named as the special needs columnist in Children’s Ministry magazine. Children’s Ministry is published in print and online, and is a publication of Group Publishing.  Katie will also be making a repeat appearance as a presenter at this year’s Group Kidmin Conference in Columbus, OH, scheduled for October 11th-14th. Click here for more information…



ID-10072756Key Ministry has put together a resource page for pastors, church staff, volunteers and parents with interest in the subject of depression and teens. Available on the resource page are…

  • Links to all the posts from our recent blog series on depression
  • Links to other outstanding blog posts on the topic from leaders in the disability ministry community
  • Links to educational resources on the web, including excellent resources from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), a parent medication guide, and excellent information from Mental Health Grace Alliance.

Photos courtesy of  freedigitalphotos.net

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 Tales from the special needs ministry front…

  1. I think that it is wonderful that you are following the Lord’s example and loving and caring and sharing the word of God to those of us who have traditionally been ignored. There are a lot of misconceptions about the disabled and it is important for we Christians to reach out to those in our communities with special needs or who are caring for those with special needs. It is, in my opinion part of our pro-life mandate and our way to reach those who may feel overwhelmed. God Bless you in your work.


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