Based on her most recent book with the same title, Barbara J. Newman will give practical ideas at this workshop on faith formation with persons with disabilities.
There is a group of us on Facebook who have decided to form a small group. Has anyone else done this? If so, do you have suggestions that might help as we begin our group?
Here are some great tools for pastors and church planters who want to learn to fully include people with disabilities.
I have been a member of Anaheim CRC since 1969, and I did not know we had people in our congregation with intellectual disabilities. However, God put this desire on my heart to be their new leader.
How often do we hear included in our congregational prayers, prayers for those affected by mental illness? How many worship services have we been in where we were blessed by a person in a wheelchair leading us in worship?
I would like to hear from churches who have adults with intellectual disabilities who attend your worship services. How do we make worship meaningful to them? What are some useful tips to help our pastor to preach his sermons in a way which will be understood by everyone? What about the rest of the service?
Is there a policy in the CRC for how salary amounts for church staff should be disclosed to the congregation?
One of the challenges of Disability Ministry is getting people to church on Sundays as well as during the week for ministry events. I'd like to hear some of the ways your churches have solved this challenge.
What are some ways your Small Groups have reached out to serve the hurting in your communities?
I don’t have a specific devotional, but you could share some thoughts based on Matthew 25:31-46. What are some of the ways we might see Jesus and how have others seen Jesus in us?posted on: Devotion Ideas?
Karen, here is one more example of broken dreams - couples preparing for their child and finding out that he/she has disabilities. How can we be there for them as they are forced to rethink their...
Several examples from the Bible come to mind when it comes to leadership development. Joshua was mentored by Moses for over 40 years before God finally said it was his turn to lead the Israelites...posted on: Spiralling to Strength in Lay Leadership
Thank you for your response and suggestions. I will check out the resources you mentioned. New situations like this require people to step out of their comfort zone. This includes...
Could it be that part of the "problem" is that churches in North America are discovering that being missional means more than supporting missionaries in other countries? Conservative as well as...posted on: Downton Abbey and World Missions
Mark, thank you for this post. As I mentioned in my email to you, your post comes at a very good time because we are currently in the middle of a series in our small groups on bioethics. Since I...posted on: How Much Would You Change You?
I am currently reading The Painful Side of Leadership, Moving Forward Even When it Hurts by Jeff Iorg. it's an excellent book for pastors and leaders. Sometimes pain comes as a result of followers...posted on: The Cost of Leadership
As I mentioned in my comment to your first post, our future pastors need to explore what it means for the church to be inclusive with people with disabilities. What does the Bible say about...posted on: Deep Skimming: What Would You Recommend?
Hi, Geri. It's been almost 4 months since you shared about your short-term committee. First of all, how is it going? I hope you've received a positive response from your various committees as well...posted on: Special Needs and Disability Coordinator
I just read this article in Leadership Journal by Christianity Today. http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2013/july-online-only/youve-done-it-unto-me.html In it a question is asked of a group...