I am pleased to announce the publication of IN THE ACCESSIBLE CHURCH. My book begins with an in-depth look at the theology of disability. What does God have to say about people affected by disability and why should you care? I speak directly to pastors and their church family concerning how to get comfortable relating to those with disability. You will find practical steps on how to include someone with a disability in the church body. It’s not about a getting a budget that makes your church more accessible! It’s about building relationships. Of course, I tell personal stories of how I have experienced both “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” in the churches I pursued.
I have attended church all my life, and honestly, my relationship with God remained as cool with just enough distant as most members inadvertently treated me. My ultimate success story is the discovery of a church that did make me feel welcome and even gave me opportunities to participate. The people there never question my disability. Instead, they encourage me to grow in my faith and “serve” the Lord. Could I read scripture on Sunday morning? Sure. Go for it! Could I be a Sunday school teacher? Sure, there is an opening for a third-fifth-grade teacher. Have at it!
In the Accessible Church, you will…
· Learn the framework of the theology of disability.
· Discover how someone with a disability can be an active part of the church.
· Be challenged to include someone with a disability in your congregation.
I am the church relations director with Mephibosheth Ministry. My desire is to help churches understand that people affected by disabilities are more than observers. They can be active participants in the life of a church, teach classes, serve on committees, and so much more. When given a chance, a person with a disability can be a wonderful addition to any congregation.
My pastor, Rt. Rev. Ken Ross, wrote the forward. It is available in print though Amazon and Lulu or as an eBook on the Barnes and Noble’s nook and iBook formats. The read is quick. The message is simple. Yet, hopefully this message will inspire you and your church family to help fulfill the Great Commission to a very overlooked people group, the disabled.