You don’t know what you’re missing. And what you’re missing is—quite literally—indispensable.
Paul tells us that the parts of the body we think are unnecessary are actually essential...that what we assume reflects weakness is a vessel through whom God displays His strength. So much so that when we do not include people with disabilities and other marginalized communities, we are incomplete.
This means we don’t include people with disabilities only for their sake, but for the health and strength of the whole community. Without them, we disable our witness as churches. In order to be the body of Christ, we must include people with disabilities, not just as attendees, but as members, servants, and leaders.
For church leaders and members who want to understand how the gospel subverts weakness and strength, and calls us to a more complete body, make sure to sign up for Inspire 2022, set to happen this summer, and attend Dan Vander Plaats’ workshop, “Indispensable: How the Gospel Subverts Weakness