Special Needs Ministry

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.

How Churches Can Encourage the Blind and Visually Impaired

How Churches Can Encourage the Blind and Visually Impaired

God has used my blindness to others in so many ways. In my ability as a songwriter, I’m able to describe things in a deeper way than people who can see. I show people trust-in-action as I follow other people’s directions. Most of all, I think I’m able to show people that, despite my being totally blind and using a power wheelchair, there is still joy.

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. 

Five Things Churches with Thriving Disability Ministries Can Do To Help Others Get Started

Five Things Churches with Thriving Disability Ministries Can Do To Help Others Get Started

If you’re a church that has an amazing disability ministry, here’s some practical things you can do to help extend your ministry beyond the walls of your own church, and help other churches take one more step on their special needs ministry journey as well.

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.

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.

Justice, Mission and Disability

Justice, Mission and Disability

How can each follower of Jesus pursue justice for people with disabilities? We see in David a paradigm when he meets Mephibosheth. In 2 Samuel 9, we see David exemplify three simple practices that can help combat injustice and inequity for people with disabilities.

Creating A Straight Path for Special Needs Ministry

Creating A Straight Path for Special Needs Ministry

The Christian faith is a relay race, it is the responsibility of each Christian and each church to leave a trail that clears the path for those coming behind us. This is especially true as it relates to disability ministry.

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.

How Many Children with Disabilities Should I Expect at a Church My Size?

How Many Children with Disabilities Should I Expect at a Church My Size?

How many children with disabilities should your church be serving? It’s a good question, and there are a few factors that go into determining what the number could be.