Autism

Wide Margins For the Bullied

Wide Margins For the Bullied

Bulls are known for aggressive, threatening behavior; that’s why we call people who behave this way towards others ‘bullies.’ Tight limits and wide margins are not only wise in a pasture, it’s also wise in ministry.

Loving One Another for the Long Haul

Loving One Another for the Long Haul

Two of the most important aspects of doing ministry for and with the disability community are learning how to create long term reciprocal relationships, and choosing to understand the world through the lens of the disability community.

Conduct Yourself in Truth and Love, Even Behind Closed Doors

Conduct Yourself in Truth and Love, Even Behind Closed Doors

What do you think happens to a teenager when one of the main authority figures in his life lets him know in no uncertain terms, without words, that he doesn’t matter to your church environment? God offers us all incredible love and grace, but as His followers we have the responsibility to love others with both truth and grace, even when we don’t understand what we’re seeing.

Praying for Protection from Powers and Principalities

Praying for Protection from Powers and Principalities

I’ve been in ministry long enough to know that the prayers and time spent seeking God determine the outcome of ministry and special events. Everyone working in the space of special needs or mental health ministry needs to stay prayed up, in God’s Word, for guidance, wisdom, and protection. Make no mistake, the work of all special needs ministry, including ministry to and with people whose disability is revealed in behavior, is very much intertwined with the battle over whose life holds value. Anyone working in this space is on the front line of the battle between darkness and light.

Mental Health Ministry and The Platinum Rule

 Mental Health Ministry and The Platinum Rule

When my cat died, chewy.com showed great care and concern for my loss, even beyond the principles of the Golden Rule. Chewy went all the way to the Platinum Rule. And the Platinum Rule is how churches can make mental health ministry happen and be successful.

Waking a Sleepy Church: The Urgent Need for Mental Health Ministry

Waking a Sleepy Church: The Urgent Need for Mental Health Ministry

Janet Parshall issued a powerful call to the church to minister more effectively to persons with mental illness in this keynote presentation from Inclusion Fusion Live 2019, a national disability ministry conference hosted by Key Ministry. She identifies key biblical figures who experienced symptoms of mental illness, challenges church leaders to end their stigmatization of persons with mental health issues and pastors to begin addressing the topic in the course of their preaching.

Disability Doesn’t Stop Me From Giving God My Best. Neither Should The Church.

Disability Doesn’t Stop Me From Giving God My Best. Neither Should The Church.

If you want to involve disabled people in ministry and leadership, re-imagine how your current structures, schedules, and systems work. It may be the church itself that is stopping people with disabilities from giving God their best.

A Conversation About The Cost Of Special Needs Ministry

A Conversation About The Cost Of Special Needs Ministry

Creating a church that is truly inclusive will come with a cost. Wanting a return on investment is not inherently wrong, but when it comes to the fear of being able to finance a special needs ministry, the most important thing to focus on is where the repayment will come from.

Four Essentials for a World-Changing Church

Four Essentials for a World-Changing Church

If the church is to be Christ-like and world-shaping, we need to be leaders and pioneers in loving all of God’s people, not lagging far behind our schools and social service organizations in how we respond to the needs around us.