Care and Support

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?

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?

A Free Mental Health Guide For Faith Leaders

A Free Mental Health Guide For Faith Leaders

Many churches are at a place of that first talk with a pastor, where a concerned layperson might discuss whether churches should be worried about mental health. The American Psychiatric Association has created a guide is to equip faith community leaders to help with a mental health need, because “faith community leaders are gatekeepers or ‘first responders’ when individuals and families face mental health or substance use problems.”

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get on Your Knees

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get on Your Knees

As we journeyed through different challenges with our son Joey, one of the dearest things was knowing that others were praying for us. When someone told us they were praying for us, it made our day. Just to know another person or a family had our back in prayer meant the world to us. 

How Distractions Can Grow a More Loving Church

How Distractions Can Grow a More Loving Church

The church in this story has no official disability ministry, no “program.” They try very hard to organically meet the needs of individual families who worship there. This is a church-in-progress. It’s a church family becoming an increasing reflection of Christ; God is growing fruit. They realize there is a lot they don’t know or understand. And they’re excited to learn and grow as a community.

Waving The Surrender Flag

Waving The Surrender Flag

As young parents on this special needs journey, we retired at the end of every day waving our white surrender flag! It wasn’t that we were quitting but we certainly knew we were done and had nothing left at the end of that day. This is where the church can be an invaluable source of help.

Tips for Communicating with Special-Needs Parents

Tips for Communicating with Special-Needs Parents

In order to communicate with care and compassion, ministry leaders need to understand the five phases of special-needs parenting. In the video below, I give an overview of the phases, share what families need from their church in each phase, and give communication tips that are effective no matter what phase parents are in.

Church, Help Us Make Decisions that Bring Life and Peace

Church, Help Us Make Decisions that Bring Life and Peace

We need friends and churches who will stand with us valuing the inherent worth, dignity and purpose of our loved ones with chronic health concerns, disabilities and aging-related conditions. But we hope to receive respect, grace and unwavering support when our conclusions are drawn.

Bigger Fish to Fry!

Bigger Fish to Fry!

We need to learn what works for our family, and it’s not always us who can take the reins to start a ministry when our plates are so full with the needs before us. Thus, when a church has a ministry to special needs, the thinking and the work has been taken off our plate. We can embrace the opportunities before us, which lightens our load and helps us in this journey.