Disability Concerns helps churches become healthier communities that intentionally seek
• To end the isolation and disconnectedness of persons with disabilities and their families;
• To nurture the spiritual lives of people with disabilities so that they become professing and active members of their churches; and
• To encourage the gifts of people with disabilities so that they can serve God fully in their churches. (more about Disability Concerns)
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Where do we start?
The Disability Concerns ministries of the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America have just produced our newest resource for churches: Inclusion Handbook: Everybody Belongs Everybody Serves. This handbook emphasizes the importance of developing relationships and encouraging everyone in your congregation to use their gifts for God’s glory, and gives church leadership the tools to do that. Download free (standard or LARGE PRINT font) or order print copies from Faith Alive Christian Resources. Feel free to print it yourself, or to include sections of it in your church newsletter.
Disability Ministry Training Opportunities
Healthy churches train their members in warmly welcoming people and encouraging them to use their gifts. Disability Concerns encourages you to consider the following training opportunities:
- Walking Beside Someone with Mental Illness Workshop. Do you care? Of course you do! But sometimes our care can miss the mark when our understanding is lacking. For CRC churches in Alberta, Disability Concerns is willing to bring an evening of mental health learning and discussion to your church. Please contact Heather DeBoer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-730-4390 ex 279 to plan your church's "Being Community: Walking Beside Someone with Mental Illness" workshop.