Disability Ministry is not only for big churches with many resources and people. Small churches can do disability ministry too. Small churches can function as a family, and this way the depth of relationship can be deeper.
From the show:
Ten ways in which a small church can do disability ministry:
- You welcome every person, not just by saying hi, but by attitude. If someone worships different than you do and they are loud, you welcome the diversity and the fact that every person can participate in worship time.
- If a special needs parent is sitting in the foyer with their child, you don’t let them sit alone. You go to the foyer and sit with them, letting them know you are glad they made the effort to be there even if they are unable to sit in the sanctuary.
- You recognize that holy moments can happen walking in the church parking lot walking side-by-side with a parent pushing their child in a wheelchair. Sometimes Church is too overwhelming for some kids with sensory issues.
- You call when you notice the special needs family didn’t make it to church. This lets them know you see them, they are not invisible, and that you care.
- You recognize that every person, regardless of ability or disability, is an invaluable member of the Body of Christ.
- You are okay with messy because the very essence of life is that it is messy.
- You recognize that everyone belongs, and everyone serves.
- You are willing to try new things to include everyone. When that doesn’t work out, you try again with something new.
- You function as a family, everyone has a role to play, and everyone is supported and valued.
- You love.
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