Join Ellen Stumbo as she interviews Shannon Dingle and they discuss how disability ministry should not be an elective. Not within our churches, and not within our leadership conferences.
From the show:
Sometimes Christian Ministry conferences are not addressing the needs of Special Needs families and kids with disabilities. It is often not in their radar.
People need to understand the WHY. Why have a disability ministry. Why it is important to care for and include kids (and adults) with disabilities in our churches. Sometimes people care about the HOW or focus on the HOW without first understanding the WHY.
Secular organizations have loved and valued our kids before we, as a Church, have done so. This is something that should break our hearts, and perhaps we need to repent and seek ways in which we lead the way in how to include and love those impacted by disability.
We can physically include kids with disabilities in our Children’s programs, but that does not mean they are meaningfully included.
There is a theology of “welcoming.” A theology that says, “You are valuable.” Saying yes to families impacted by disability is a theological milestone in that we become who we ought to be as a church and we follow what Scripture tells us to do.
Disability ministry is not an elective. It should not be an elective at church, and it should not be an elective at Leadership conferences.
Having a disability ministry is not a grandiose heroic measure. It is what we are called to do.
People with disabilities and families impacted by disability are not projects. They are people. People who need to hear the gospel and be a part of our faith communities.
We have, unfortunately, failed to be the Church to people impacted by disability. But, we can change that!
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- Episode 17: Disability Ministry Is Not An Elective - November 3, 2016
- Episode 16: Small Churches Can Do Disability Ministry Too [Podcast] - October 27, 2016