Graciously shared by our colleague, Dr. Steve Grcevich, this post represents his reflections after the conclusion of Key Ministry’s recent Inclusion Fusion special needs ministry web conference…


One prominent topic of conversation in the nightly Tweetchats that occurred during Inclusion Fusion 2012 involved “next steps” for the disability ministry movement. God is clearly raising up many empowered leaders to advance the cause of including families impacted by disabilities at church. But what common strategies should leaders and organizations adopt in order for the movement to advance?

We need to think about disability more broadly. The population of families for whom physical disabilities remain a barrier to church attendance is relatively small. The population of children and adults with intellectual disabilities is also fairly small when compared to the general population. Only when we include kids and adults with emotional, behavioral and developmental disabilities do the numbers become too large for church leaders to ignore. We also reduce the number of potential advocates for disability inclusion when we define “disability” or “special needs” too narrowly.

We need…

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