Things Start Small: An Encouragement to Newer and Smaller Churches

Have you ever felt like you dropped into a dream in the middle of the story? You find yourself trying to figure out what is going on and how you got to a place where you’re in the Oval Office making the most critical decision of the 21st century…while wearing a clown nose. You’re overwhelmed and you feel like you can’t catch up to the situation in which you find yourself. Too often, we fear this dream becoming a reality as we start disability ministry (minus the OvalOffice nose and the clown nose). But life doesn’t work like that. In most cases, things start small and, if we end up in the Oval Office, we lived through quite a journey of learning and growth to get there.

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Urbana Sensory Room

Urbana, North America’s largest student missions conference, has been guiding students in discerning their place in God's mission since 1946. Over 10,000 college students and alumni from the United States, Canada and beyond descended on St. Louis, Missouri, for Urbana 18, five vibrant days of multi-lingual worship, thoughtful speakers, in-depth Scripture study and compelling conversations about God's heart for the world.  

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Key Ring Resource Binder

or an in-depth look at starting a disability-inclusive ministry at your church, you’ll find purposeful information that can serve as a helpful foundation in the Key Ring Binder by Key Ministry. As your church begins to pursue disability inclusion, we pray that your church will remain trusting and open to God’s guidance and leadership.

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"Two Conversations that Changed My Life" [Tedx talks]

Beckett, born to Tamara Taggart, is not cancer, but a valued human being. Yet, the news of Tamara’s cancer was wrapped up almost completely in a positive package. She was told of the possibilities and how hard the medical team would work to help her overcome it. When the news was given to her about her son Beckett having Downs Syndrome, the medical professionals focused on little other than the negative effects his Downs Syndrome would have on her and her family’s life. The stark contrast reveals a culture rooted in ableism.

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Uprooting Ableism [CCDA Workshop]

The Christian Community Development Association, an organization committed to seeing holistically restored communities (2), held a conference in Chicago this year titled, “Rooted”.  One of the workshops in this year’s CCDA national conference was on “Uprooting Ableism.”

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The Accessible Bible

“We believe God’s Word is for all, yet for many, reading it is a struggle.  It is a privilege for us to be able to share the story of the NIrV Accessible Edition – through this project we’ve learnt so much, forged new and cherished partnerships, and had our hearts opened to the importance of greater inclusion and access within the Church.” Becky Miles, Biblica

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Word Made Flesh [video]

As it was mentioned in this video, Jesus based His ministry on relationships. He lived among people, committed himself to them, built authentic relationships with them, and lived out who the Father intended Him to be. As we work to shed light in areas that are often dark and lacking love, we find great inspiration in WMF’s relationally-based ministry and their core values.

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Parenting a Disabled Child [CCEF Podcast & Article]

Darby shares about the beauty of God showing her that her priority is to help her child long to be with the Lord. It is vital for the Church to come alongside parents like Darby and provide spiritual care for families as a whole. We must move towards parents as they experience isolation and hardship while raising their child with special needs and aid them in helping their child(ren) image God.

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Poverty & Disability Reinforce Each Other

Globally, children who are poor are more likely to become disabled through poor healthcare, malnutrition, lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation, dangerous living and working conditions. Once disabled, they are more likely to be denied basic resources that would mitigate or prevent deepening poverty due to the lack of shared resources available offered by public organizations. And research suggests the outlook is no different for adults. (1)

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