The “missing” Inclusion Fusion presentation…and more!

Colleen 2Last November, we were delighted to have over 500 pastors, church staff, ministry leaders and family members you join us for Inclusion Fusion, Key Ministry’s Disability Ministry Web Summit. Joni Eareckson Tada kicked off our Web Summit with a fabulous keynote talk, and two dozen innovators shared what God has been doing through their ministries. But we had promised you one more presentation from a very prominent and highly respected disability ministry that we weren’t able to share in time for the Web Summit.

Our friends at Insight for Living put together a fabulous discussion between Chuck Swindoll, his daughter Colleen Swindoll-Thompson and Steve Fischer entitled Transforming the Soul-What We Didn’t Learn in Seminary.

Chuck and Steve are highly educated Christian leaders with ministries that reach around the world. But they both share that life experience-not seminary training-best prepared and qualified them for their work. Both agree that strong theological training is vital for ministry, but to be qualified for “soul work” requires first-hand, personal experience with pain. Regrettably, many people in ministry today have adequate knowledge but can’t connect with people in their care. Ministers who haven’t been “crushed” personally may not be able to fully relate to those going through the experience. In this video, Chuck, Colleen and Steve discuss how they learned to care for the soul while experiencing the crucible of life.

Colleen is going to join us at on Monday, February 2nd at 10:00 PM Eastern and at 12:00 PM Eastern on Thursday, February 5 to “chat” live with us while we experience this remarkable interview together. The interview will be available (minus Colleen live) every evening at 10:00 PM Eastern from February 3rd-15th if you’re unable to join us at that time.

We’ll also be making available all of the video presentations from Inclusion Fusion 2014 at on February 5th-7th to celebrate the “completion” of this year’s Web Summit. No preregistration or passwords are required and you can  share this invite with friends who’ll be blessed by the interview with Chuck, Steve and Colleen as well as the other content you may not have experienced through this year’s Web Summit. Check the schedule on the site to locate presentations of interest, and download the magazine from November’s Web Summit to learn more about our speakers!

slide-jonathan-colleen3In addition to the interview with Chuck, Steve and Colleen, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be making available all of Colleen’s video podcasts from Insight for Living’s Special Needs Ministry through Front Door/ We’ll be adding two video podcasts per month, and Colleen will be joining us every first and third Monday to chat and interact with our guests around the topics discussed during her podcasts.

We’re looking forward to having you join us for Colleen’s interview with her father Chuck and Steve Fischer!


The_Elephant_in_the_Room_Banksy-Barely_legal-2006Consider joining us this winter for Key Ministry’s online group study that will accompany our blog series…Sin, Mental Illness and the Church. This study will be a combination of Bible reading/study and supplemental readings/material to enlighten participants as we examine the following questions…

  • How has the understanding of mental illness evolved in the evangelical movement in America over the past half-century?
  • How do past and current attitudes in the church influence outreach efforts to families of children and teens impacted by mental illness?
  • What can we learn from Scripture of God’s purposes in the lives of those impacted by mental illness?
  • How can we help more kids and families impacted by mental illness to experience the love of Christ through involvement in a local church?

Anyone can join us, but a Facebook account is required. Click here to register!

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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