The Disability Effective Leader
Michael Beates outlines in his book, Disability & The Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace, the characteristics of a “disability effective leader”.
Our prayer is to see church members and leaders alike grow in and exemplify these characteristics.
Inclusive: includes in their circle people with and without disabilities
Biblical: subject to the authority of God’s word and ability to articulate biblical principles regarding God’s view of those with disabilities
Accessible: an advocate for making facilities and communications accessible to varying levels of disability
Practical: leads others to identify and meet needs
Evangelizing: actively seeks opportunities to share gospel
Assimilating: encourages all to assimilate into their fellowship
Promoting: prepares and equips people with disabilities to seek out leader opportunities
Multiplying: seeks to multiply the number of disability effective leaders in their church or parachurch
Humility: this perhaps underlies all of these characteristics as the lure of power in Christian ministry is tempting