Category Archives: Special Needs Ministry

The pandemic as an unexpected blessing to the disability community

It’s very possible that the COVID-19 pandemic will have provided the impetus for introducing many local churches to people in their communities with conditions that would otherwise make in-person attendance either highly unlikely or impossible. 

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99% of Protestant pastors – churches are welcoming to persons with disabilities

The claims made by pastors in this study are VERY inconsistent with the experiences of our Key Ministry team and other like-minded ministries Continue reading

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Emerging from the silos…Disability ministry as a mindset, not a program

Silos are the antithesis of inclusion. Are we truly practicing inclusion when we set aside a designated space for the special needs ministry at the expense of including most, if not all participants in age and developmentally appropriate ministry environments. Continue reading

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Disability ministry will become essential to the church’s witness in the 2020s

Dr. Grcevich will explore the forces that will propel ministry with the vulnerable – highlighted by ministry with persons with disabilities – to the forefront of the church’s public witness. Continue reading

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Ten disability ministry trends to watch in the 2020s

I’ll share a non-exhaustive list of ten predictions for how the disability ministry field might evolve and grow over the next ten years. Continue reading

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What Derek and his mom can teach the church about inclusion

I will never label him and I will never limit him. Continue reading

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How any church can “Make ‘M Smile”

Make ‘M Smile represents a great model for a summertime special event to share God’s love with kids and adults with a broad range of disabilities. Marie Kuck and her team have developed a model for a celebration that churches of all sizes might easily replicate, with each event taking on its own unique flavor from the sponsor, the event venue and the mix of participating disability-related organizations. Continue reading

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An uncommon man with an extraordinary call

Jeff was a true champion of fathers of kids with special needs. His ability to speak into the lives of men struggling with the feelings of hopelessness common to dads in families impacted by disability is irreplaceable. His words of wisdom will be a blessing to men who missed out on knowing him in this life.
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Helping families discover their unexpected blessings

Sandra has written a remarkable book that will be a great source of comfort and encouragement through revealing “the joys and possibilities of life in a special needs family.” Continue reading

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As Iron Sharpens Iron…The Special Needs and Disability Ministry Leaders Facebook Group

Starting this month, the Special Needs and Disability Ministry Leaders group is entering a whole new chapter. Continue reading

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