Ministry Intensives

In addition to Inclusion Fusion Live's Friday evening and Saturday programming, the day session on Friday, April 20th features three all-day ministry intensives. The $49 registration fee for each intensive includes materials and lunch, and attendees will leave equipped to take something new back to their churches.

(Note: the $49 early registration fee ends April 6. After April 6, registration = $69)

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Buddy break basic leadership training (blt)

This full-day Basic Leadership Training (BLT) is led by Marie Kuck of Nathaniel's Hope and constitutes the first step in your church launching a Buddy Break respite ministry. At Buddy Break, kids have fun, parents get a break, volunteers are trained and the community is reached!

Whether you are looking to start or expand your special needs ministry, The BLT will equip your team to lead this monthly parents’ day out/respite program for kids with special needs and their siblings. Join the Buddy Break network within 6 months and your $49 registration fee will be applied to the cost of a Buddy Break Start-Up Kit. It’s turnkey! The Buddy Break team will be with you every step of the way! Workshop materials and lunch are included in your registration. Buddy Break operates the largest church-based respite care network in the U.S., having trained over 200 churches in 28 states and Puerto Rico.

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autism spectrum disorder: what it is and practical ideas to try

Participants in this intensive, led by Victoria White and Stacey Deters of CLC Network will gain an understanding of six key differences in persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and discover practical tools and ideas to welcome and include them in church settings. These ideas are applicable with children, youth and adults and facilitate congregations in  receiving the gifts of persons with ASD. The intensive closes by presenting a powerful and unique perspective on behavior management ideas. Ample time will be provided to discuss application of the tools and ideas presented with persons already served by your church's ministries. Leave with practical strategies for serving persons with ASDs considered "best practice" in church settings. Materials, lunch, and give-aways are included in your registration fee. While the intensive is focused on churches, attendees working in schools will also benefit from the training.

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The National Institute 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 intensive, led by Dr. Steve Grcevich of Key Ministry and Catherine Boyle of Outside In Ministries 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 and 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. Grcevich, along with Key’s Mental Health Ministry Planning Tool. Lunch is also included. Additional speakers will be announced.

Attendees interested in downloading the slides to Dr. Grcevich's intensive may do so by clicking here.