Special Needs Ministry

Autism and Communion? Yes!

Autism and Communion? Yes!

Worshiping with Joel at age 11 was an interesting experience. It was not unlike sitting on the edge of your seat during an action movie, when you're not quite sure what's going to happen next—you only know something is going to happen. Then one day, during communion, a radiant look of understanding came upon Joel's face.

Disability and the Protestant Reformation

Disability and the Protestant Reformation

Disability is often at odds with our plans. But it was disability that first landed Paul in Galatia. The passionate language about justification by faith and not works of the law, so finely conveyed in this epistle to the Galatians, flows from a relational context colored by disability.

Changing The Conversation About Disability In Our Congregations

Changing The Conversation About Disability In Our Congregations

Each church will need to take inventory of how they can best serve the disability community, but there are a few things to strongly consider that may help you make a real impact for God’s glory.

Joy, Even in the Messy

Joy, Even in the Messy

There is hope and help in this simple thing I do. I believe you’ll find it and be able to encourage someone else, too. So, what's this secret weapon?

The Million Dollar Question: How Much Does It Cost to Start a Disability Ministry?

The Million Dollar Question: How Much Does It Cost to Start a Disability Ministry?

The cost of starting to include people with disabilities is often not primarily monetary. The cost of including people with disabilities is primarily love.

Your Church Doesn't Need An Expert To Start A Special Needs Ministry

Your Church Doesn't Need An Expert To Start A Special Needs Ministry

When it comes to special needs ministry, what if God isn’t waiting for us to have all of the answers, but God is waiting on us to simply accept the assignment of loving our neighbors as ourselves?

Three Things that Hold Us Back from Disability Ministry

Three Things that Hold Us Back from Disability Ministry

There are so many great ideas out there about starting a disability ministry. But unless we take these ideas and start walking, they will mean nothing. There are things that we’re going to have to throw off—much like Bartimaeus had to throw off his cloak to freely run to Jesus. What is your cloak? What is the thing you need to throw aside in order to take your next step in starting a disability ministry?

When Gifts Are Hard to See

When Gifts Are Hard to See

Keep listening to the voice of God as you ask: What gift has this person been given by God that might benefit those around them, and especially the Church? A person just being present is a gift to those around them. Who are we to judge who can and cannot have a relationship with God, or who can and cannot serve Him?

Is Mental Health Ministry Too Inefficient for Your Church?

Is Mental Health Ministry Too Inefficient for Your Church?

When I think about the scripture that exhorts Christ-followers to number our days correctly, I kind of get the meaning backwards. I think about things from a natural human perspective, when what I really need is God’s perspective. The verse isn’t so much about the volume of what I accomplish, but the quality and the purposefulness of what I do. It’s also what I let ministry do to change me. Without anyone reminding me, do I actually see the personal dignity of every person?

How any church can “Make ‘M Smile”

How any church can “Make ‘M Smile”

Make ‘M Smile represents a great model for a summertime special event to share God’s love with kids and adults with a broad range of disabilities. Marie Kuck and her team have developed a model for a celebration that churches of all sizes might easily replicate, with each event taking on its own unique flavor from the sponsor, the event venue and the mix of participating disability-related organizations.