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.
Pastor and leaders: if you have a special needs ministry team please show them the same love and appreciation that Paul shares with the church of Thessalonica. It is their faithful work, loving deeds, and enduring hope that is often the engine that secretly powers the mission and purpose of Christ in your congregation.
When church leadership is approached about the need to create environments that can serve the needs of the disability and special-needs community, the most common response is a lack of education and lack of resources. In other words, there is no room in the budget, no room in the mission, no room in the vision of the church, and no room for discussion about disability theology.