Tag Archives: Autism

Why families think online church is indispensable for disability ministry

If your church is has an online presence and an interest in disability ministry, your online presence needs to be a critical component of your disability ministry strategy.
Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19, Inclusion, Key Ministry, Mental Health, Strategies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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. 

Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19, Key Ministry, Special Needs Ministry, Strategies | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Easter service for the disability community

We’re hosting a very special worship service for families impacted by disability who don’t have a church this Easter morning Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Autism, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Janet Parshall…Disability Ministry Champion

Janet’s long history of advocacy for persons with disabilities isn’t the only reason why I wanted her to have the opportunity to attend our conference and connect with the leaders and speakers in attendance. I knew Janet could speak into disability issues from the perspective of someone who has been there and done that. Continue reading

Posted in Key Ministry | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Autism, Families, Key Ministry, Resources, Special Needs Ministry | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s the hidden disabilities that keep kids out of church

The study found that the children most likely to be excluded from church are those with autism spectrum disorders and common mental health conditions – anxiety, depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and ADHD. Continue reading

Posted in Autism, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, Key Ministry, Mental Health, Strategies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why church is difficult for persons on the high end of the autism spectrum

We need churches committed to welcoming children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum of typical to high intelligence and affording them opportunities for using their considerable gifts and talents to advance the mission of the church. Continue reading

Posted in Autism, Key Ministry, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The mental health crisis among persons with autism

Perhaps one of the reasons the church has struggled to effectively minister with many persons with autism spectrum disorders is that we don’t do a very good job of welcoming and including children and adults with mental health-related challenges common among persons with autism?  Continue reading

Posted in Autism, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, Mental Health, Strategies | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Autism resources for ministry leaders and families

Key Ministry has developed an array of resources for pastors, church staff members, volunteers and families interested in supporting kids with autism spectrum disorders. We encourage you to share these resources freely with church leaders or families that would find them helpful. Continue reading

Posted in Autism, Key Ministry, Resources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dr. Karen Crum…10 Ways to Make Bible Camp Successful for Children with Autism and Related Challenges

Here are ten ideas for staff wanting to help children with autism succeed at a camp for typical kids. Continue reading

Posted in Autism, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, Key Ministry, Resources, Strategies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment