It was suggested that more information was needed by the churches as to what is funded with Ministry Shares. A team of gifted communication leaders has just put together a mailing to more effectively communicate Ministry Shares.
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Making your congregation welcoming and accessible can be done because it has been done—somewhere by people just like you. Amazing Gifts tells those stories.
The Agenda for Synod 2012 is now available on the Synodical Resources page of the Christian Reformed Church website. Hard copies of the Agenda will be mailed to church councils later this month. In addition, a report to synod by the Task Force Reviewing Structure and Culture is also available on the CRC website as an Agenda Supplement.
In Sunday school, we want to create an environment where everybody belongs and everybody learns and grows together. What does that mean for kids with visual impairments? Check out these helpful ideas from Sister Barbara Cline, the Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.
Bullying. Just say the word, and most people have a story to tell. So what can you do to ensure that bullying doesn’t happen on your watch? Here are some pointers gathered from organizations that have studied the issue of bullying and its effect on kids.
Through the frustration I wondered, "Can God understand me in this situation? Even more, can he understand Nicole in her severe limitation?" Can almighty God truly understand human limitations, even long-term limitations we call disabilities?
Often when a child with a disability comes into a family, whether by birth or by adoption, the parents are not ready for the emotional, spiritual, and practical changes they must make to care for their new child well.
Considering that 25 percent of us will experience a diagnosable mental illness in the course of our lifetimes, all pastors and church leaders will deal with mental illness themselves, in their families, and/or in their congregations. These five books will help in ministering with people affected by mental illnesses.
Come to Me, a unique family “prayer book” now in development by Faith Alive, is an exciting new venture designed to bring families closer together and closer to God. We’re looking for families to field-test a sample of this book, which makes spending time with God a natural, doable, and meaningful part of family life.
It’s easy to look at a check list and determine whether or not one has built a ramp, but how do you measure attitudes toward people with disabilities? Elim Christian Services has produced several videos about the journey of disability attitudes.
I joined a church just after graduating from college and suddenly started receiving emails from a number of people all at the same time. Later I realized my email was published in the directory. Without giving consent I was subscribed to the church weekly update, prayer chain, and social justice club list.
Many church volunteers get stuck when considering ministry with people who have disabilities because they don't know where to start. With the permission of the people who developed the attached plan, I share it, in slightly edited form, not because it can be adopted whole cloth, but because it may provide a starting point for your own church.
Universal design assumes BOTH that people have different needs and different ways of doing the same thing AND that these different people should have equal access to public facilities. How would Universal Design look in a church setting?
The concept of mental age perpetuates the myth that the adult with an intellectual disability is still, to some extent, not fully adult. As teachers, it is important to be mindful of this concept simply because it can help guide effective teaching activities.
People need an opportunity “to sing and to pray. . . . to offer up the pain, the loneliness, the sad and dark memories, and the anxiety and fear to the one whose birth we eagerly await, Jesus Christ. . . . to find hope and peace in this service and comfort in knowing that you are not alone.”