April 20-21, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio

Bay Presbyterian Church || 25415 Lake Road || Bay Village, Ohio 44140



People from around the country will come together to be encouraged and equipped to better serve the families who attend their churches! This conference is for ministry leaders, families, and those in disability care fields. 

There is no fee to attend Friday night (6:30p - 9:00p) and Saturday (8:30a - 3:00p) programming. 


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Dr. Stephen Grcevich

Dr. G is the founder of Key Ministry and author of Mental Health and the Church. He will be leading a workshop on Friday on Mental Health and the Church. He will deliver a key note address on "The Values That Shape Our Movement." And he will present a Saturday workshop on "Helping Your Child or Teen with Mental Health Issues to Grow Spiritually." 


Sandra Peoples

Sandra is the editor and community manager for Key Ministry. She is the author of Held: Learning to Live in God's Grip. Sandra will deliver a key note address on "What Families Need from Churches." She will also present a workshop on Small Church Ministry and lead the panel discussion for special-needs moms.


Barbara J. Newman

Barb is the Director of Church Services and Teacher Consultant for CLC Network, whose mission is to equip congregations and schools to glorify God through purposeful, innovative inclusion of persons with varied abilities. She is the author of more than 20 books and resources related to disability ministry including Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship.  

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Marie Kuck

Marie Kuck and her husband Tim are Co-Founders of Nathaniel’s Hope, a ministry dedicated to celebrating and assisting kids with special needs (VIP kids) and their families. Her key note will address "How Disability Ministry Can Impact a City."



Friday evening

5:00p - Check-in opens

6:30p - Worship

6:50p - Welcome

7:00p - Main Stage Speakers

7:40p - Breakout Session #1

Ends at 9:00p


Ministry Intensives offered Friday from 9:00a - 3:00/4:45p. Registration fee for Ministry Intensives = $49 ($69 after April 6)


8:00a - Check-in opens

8:30a - Worship

8:45a - Welcome

8:55a - Main Stage Speakers

9:40a - Breakout Session #1

11:10a - Breakout Session #2

12:30p - Lunch Break

1:40p - Breakout Session #3

Ends at 3:00p


Ministry Intensives

Three Ministry Intensives will be offered on Friday, April 20 from 9:00a to 3:00/4:45p. The $49 registration fee includes materials and lunch, and you will leave equipped to take something new back to your church. (The registration fee after April 6 = $69.)

  • Buddy Break Basic Leadership Training (BLT) - This full-day Basic Leadership Training (BLT) is the first step towards your church launching a Buddy Break ministry. The BLT will equip your team to lead this monthly parents’ day out/respite program for kids with special needs. Join the Buddy Break network within 6 months and we’ll apply your $49 toward the Buddy Break Start-Up Kit. It’s turn-key! And, we’ll be with you every step of the way! Workshop materials and lunch are included in your registration. Led by Marie Kuck of Nathaniel's Hope
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: What it is and PRACTICAL Ideas to Try - Participants will gain an understanding of 6 key areas of difference in persons with ASD and then learn about multiple practical tools and ideas to use in a church setting with each one of these key areas. These ideas will target children, youth, and adults and will also include ways to allow the congregation as a whole to receive the gifts of persons with ASD into their congregation. The session will close with a powerful and unique perspective on behavior management ideas. Ample time will be given to apply these tools and ideas to the individual(s) that are part of your congregation. Leave with a practical plan filled with tools considered "best practices" and applied to a church setting. Materials, lunch, and give-aways are included in your registration fee. While the focus is on congregations, persons from a school setting will also benefit from the information. Led by Victoria White and Stacy Deters, CLC Network
  • Developing a Mental Health Inclusion Strategy in Your Church - The National Institute of Mental of Mental Health reports that one in five U.S. children and adults have a diagnosable mental health condition, and attributes of common mental health conditions often create barriers to church attendance and engagement for persons with mental illness and their families. Participants in this symposium will be introduced to a model for outreach and inclusion of children and adults with a broad range of mental health conditions into weekend worship services and other ministries and activities that serve as catalysts to spiritual growth. They will be provided with the necessary tools for crafting a mental health ministry strategy consistent with the unique mission and calling of their church. Registration includes a copy of Mental Health and the Church by Dr. Stephen Grcevich, along with Key’s Mental Health Ministry Planning Tool. Lunch is also included. Speakers: Stephen Grcevich, MD, President, Key Ministry; Catherine Boyle, Executive Director, Outside In Ministries; additional speakers to be announced.


On Saturday, we are hosting a free luncheon discussion on how churches and families can work together long-term to form faith-based communities that provide housing, jobs, transportation, and spiritual encouragement. If you are interested in joining the discussion to seek a collaborative solution, please register for the luncheon. (Here's a flyer you can share with other parents.)

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information about our location

Bay Presbyterian Church is located in the western suburbs of Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie at 25415 Lake Road, Bay Village, Ohio.

Bay Pres is a 20 minute drive from Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE), a one hour drive from Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK), and about two hours from Columbus, Ohio.
There are two hotels located just one mile from Bay Pres:
Courtyard Cleveland Westlake at 25050 Sperry Road (440.871.3756)
TownPlace Suites Cleveland Westlake at 25052 Sperry Road (440.892.4275)

There are dozens of restaurants located within a few miles of the church and Crocker Park (shopping, lodging, and dining) is a ten minute drive.


showcase your business/organization

Registration is now open for exhibitor tables. 

 We're excited to have Brian and Kathleen as our emcees and Moody Radio as a sponsor!

We're excited to have Brian and Kathleen as our emcees and Moody Radio as a sponsor!