Our Mission

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Key Ministry represents a “work in progress.” We were established in December, 2002 for the purpose of helping churches minister to kids with “hidden disabilities” and their families. Our historic focus has been on helping churches to welcome, serve and include kids with significant emotional, behavioral, developmental or neurologic disorders lacking outwardly apparent physical symptoms.

While serving on the Elder board of our church, my eyes were opened to the reality that most families served in a child and adolescent mental health practice like mine will never experience the joy of coming to know Christ and growing in faith in a local church that my family has enjoyed, because the environments in which we “do church” present barriers as real to their active church participation as stairs would be to a person in a wheelchair.

In the decade since our ministry was launched, the church has made lots of progress in welcoming families of kids with “special needs”…kids with significant intellectual or physical disabilities as well as kids with autism spectrum disorders with moderate to severe impairment in social communication. The church continues to struggle in serving families of kids with problems like ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD and attachment disorders. We don’t yet have good models for serving kids with autism spectrum disorders of average or superior intelligence…a group representing the majority of those on the spectrum. Over 20% of kids starting first grade in the U.S. meet criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders. All of these conditions greatly reduce the likelihood that the child’s family will be actively engaged in the ministry of a local church.

Key Ministry has rededicated our mission to providing knowledge, training and experience to the worldwide church as it ministers to and with families of children impacted by mental illness, trauma and developmental disabilities.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He spent a lot of time healing the sick and restoring creation to the way it was meant to be. He expects us as the church to continue His ministry until His return. We’re honored that God has seen fit to join in His work through helping to connect with His church families of  kids who don’t think or act or feel like everyone else.

We pray our experiences and ideas, the experiences of others who have pursued this ministry and the stories of families coming to Christ through the churches we serve will inspire you. We’re convinced your encounter with our ministry is divinely orchestrated. We pray that God may be calling you to join in this noble work, and that we’ll be able to provide practical resources and tangible support for your journey!

In His Service,

Stephen Grcevich, MD
Founder and Director of Strategic Initiatives
Key Ministry