Tag Archives: Inclusion

A plan to help hurting churches help hurting families

These are some of our guiding principles for expanding disability ministry in a shrinking church in the years ahead. Continue reading

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Race, reconciliation, disability and the church

We know the lives of our Black brothers and sisters are precious to God. It’s important they know their lives matter to us. Continue reading

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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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Coronavirus, church and the “least restrictive environment”

“Inclusion” during this time may mean doing what we need to do to ensure that our friends with disabilities are safe while demonstrating to them that they’re loved. 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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What the Babylon Bee can teach the church about mental health ministry

He regularly provides a lighthearted, first-person perspective as a prominent individual in Christian culture whose ministry has been shaped by his mental health condition.  The Bee shines a spotlight on the challenges many people with anxiety experience in trying to be part of church. Continue reading

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The “church kid” who fears she won’t be accepted

A conversation I had with a college student has been bothering me for the last couple of weeks. My interaction was indicative of the challenges churches will need to overcome if they are to truly become effective at welcoming and … Continue reading

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Discovering God’s Purposes in Mental Illness

Is it possible that God might be using mental health concerns as an instrument for bringing about the salvation of those affected? What if God plans to use someone’s mental health condition…or the condition of a loved one as the means of connecting them with individuals and churches positioned to introduce them to the Gospel? Continue reading

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An invitation to our readers to brainstorm about God’s purposes in mental illness

What teaching or reading have you come across that’s been helpful to you in better understanding God’s purposes in mental illness? Continue reading

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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

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