Tag Archives: mental health and the church

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

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Amplifying Small Voices – Inclusion Fusion Live 2019

We’re hoping to fill the church throughout the two days of IFL 2019  with pastors, ministry leaders and families from all across the U.S. for a time of prayer, worship, learning and collaboration for the purpose of helping individuals and families affected by disability to be welcomed and fully included in the worship and ministry offered through the local church. Our team would love for you to join us!
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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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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

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Key Ministry’s video training series on Mental Health and the Church

Our team is pleased to announce we’ve completed a library of training videos designed to accompany and support Mental Health and the Church, Key Ministry’s book on including children, teens, adults and families impacted by mental illness at church.
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Join Kelly Rosati, Amy Simpson, Kay Warren and myself for a Twitter chat on youth mental health

I’d like to invite our readers to join with me, along with Kelly Rosati, Amy Simpson and Kay Warren on Tuesday, May 8th at 2:00 PM Eastern time for a Twitter chat designed to encourage pastors, ministry leaders and key volunteers to consider how they can be involved in addressing the epidemic of mental illness in children and teens. 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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Inclusion Fusion LIVE – A disability ministry conference for church leaders AND families

Registration is now open for Inclusion Fusion Live – a disability ministry conference hosted by Key Ministry  on April 20th-21st, 2018 at Bay Presbyterian Church in Bay Village, Ohio.  Continue reading

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The stories you’ve shared about mental health and the church

The most troubling aspect of the stories shared by Mary Ann and others is that their experiences reflect poorly upon the character of God as reflected through the words and actions of the church. We can and must do a lot better in sharing Christ’s love and the message of the Gospel with our friends and neighbors with mental illness and welcoming them into the fellowship of the church. Continue reading

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Resources for readers of Mental Health and the Church

Now that our model to assist churches in developing a mental health inclusion strategy is publicly available, I’d like to spread the word about some of the tools and resources our Key Ministry team has developed to assist readers serving on ministry teams seeking to implement the ideas presented in the book. Continue reading

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