Cleveland rocks!

logoNo church can do everything, but every church can do something. And several small churches working together can do some pretty amazing things!

Last winter, I received my first e-mail from Shane Geisheimer. Shane isn’t a professional Christian…he’s a techie involved with an internet company, but he’s passionate about Jesus and passionate about ensuring that folks with disabilities get to experience the love of Jesus.

Shane had this big, hairy, audacious, God-shaped vision to allow teens and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the greater Cleveland area to experience a taste of Heaven through staging a Prom…similar to those staged at very large churches in Cincinnati, Orlando, Raleigh and other cities. He procured resources from our website and tool kit and ruthlessly networked throughout our community. Unlike our friends and ministry colleagues who have been involved in staging Proms, Shane faced a very large obstacle…

You see, Shane belongs to a small church…Hope United Methodist Church. Shane’s church is may be relatively new…it was formed by the consolidation of several very small Methodist churches in older suburbs on the southeast side of Cleveland that fell into decline as families moved on to larger homes further away from the city. Shane’s church currently worships in a very old building that lacks the facilities to host an event of the scope envisioned by his ministry team.

Shane approached other churches in the Northcoast District of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and found two other churches…Garfield United Methodist Church and South Euclid UMC up to the challenge. Garfield offered its’ facilities to host… despite being smack in the middle of a major renovation/construction project! The Heart of Rock and Roll Prom was on!

The Prom was the culmination of a week-long series of events throughout Cleveland and Northeast Ohio to increase awareness of the needs of people with disabilities, including a worship service for families impacted by disability.

I was honored to have received an invite to attend on Friday night, and I can’t imagine how the team could have welcomed many more guests into their facility, or how the guests could have had a better time. Don’t take my word for it…here’s a report from the Fox affiliate in Cleveland on the Prom (click on the picture below to view the video)…

Garfield Prom

The Heart of Rock and Roll Prom is a wonderful example of how churches without limitless resources can come together to provide a great experience for individuals with disabilities while promoting awareness of their needs in the communities they serve.

Well Done, Garfield, Hope and South Euclid UMC!


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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, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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1 Response to Cleveland rocks!

  1. Teresa says:

    I live in Cleveland in the inner city and am money poor, poor .They aren’t their for us both disabled necer heard anything about it. I am ready to give up on Church . We ask annd seek and knock…but next to nothing we are the modern day lepers….and the church is about as bad as other institutions . Helping us to palpablly feel this leprosy and know we are second class people and members at best.

    My rage at the church and schools is so huge my heart and soul and body can hardly bear it. Sick, disgusted and pissed off even at you all….No help….NO HELP….If this welcoming happened it was not truly publicied to those who are truly clevelanders…IT was a Suburban posh fake gesture . For those who are suffering can these things can not possibly afford to live in these areas… Sick of your bullshit and lies and false promises of understanding, community and true help.
    Please take me off your bullshit list I’m sick of you all.


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