Where does disability ministry fit in at your church?

Disability ministry crosses the entire spectrum of a church’s ministry. Whether it’s the children’s ministry, the worship team, or the leadership, there is an element that could have a disability touch to it.  During my years in this ministry, I have discovered that people don’t often understand what disability ministry is. Continue reading Where does disability ministry fit in at your church?

Late Summer update

Where does the time go? The Lord talks and and teaches me daily, but you’d never know it from my website or looking at my date book. This has been something I’ve struggled with my entire adult life….proving my worth. Proving I belong and my work matters. I know, I matter to God and that’s enough.  But shouldn’t I at least post more often to show progress?

I won’t solve this today. But here’s a little end of summer update about what I’ve been up to lately….

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An oldie but a Goodie

An oldie but a Goodie

I can get awfully frustrated when I don’t blog for a while. I need to remember 200 words can give a punch just as much as 500 words. My goal is to do that. As I come up with new material, I decided to post an oldie but a goodie about my college friends. I love this story, and it’s a great reminder how to interact with someone living with a disability. If you ever get nervous about getting to know a new friend, this story is for you. Enjoy! Continue reading An oldie but a Goodie

My Friend Kyle

1982 was a pivotal year in my life. I was in second grade, and I transferred to my neighborhood school in the middle of the year. I remember being very excited to start at my new school, as I already knew several classmates from Sunday school. I would also meet other children who would be apart of my class through high school graduation. Continue reading My Friend Kyle

2015 Ministry Report

The Lord has continued to use me to advance His kingdom in 2015. It got off to an awesome start when Kelly and I attended the Global IMG_2478Access Conference in February. It was good to meet with old and new friends as well as hearing some awesome speakers. The conference was a nice stepping-stone for ministry in 2015. This report highlights my ministry activities in 2015 and is divided into the following areas: Church Relations, Writing, Global Media Outreach, Mentoring, and Last Thoughts.
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We verses They

I love my church. Bishop Ken Ross has never taken a class in disability ministry (to my knowledge), but yet he understands how to include people living with disabilities in his congregation.

Ken tells a story about Sam. Sam had Down syndrome and attended Sam-1-PrintQour church. Sam loved to serve communion, and  joined him at the Altar to serve the bread one Sunday.

“The look of joy in his face as he got to participate and do something and what that brought to people as they received was more powerful than anything I could do,” Ken says.

In the next post of my ongoing church relations blog, I remind readers of attitude. It is not we versus they. It’s us. It’s the body of Christ. Click here to read more.

Mary Jane and me

Mary Jane Ponten was born in Chicago in the early 30s. The beginning seemed bleak. “This baby is too weak to survive,” the doctors told the parents. “You better give her a name right away for her gravestone.” But even doctors can be wrong. At ten days old, they let Mary Jane’s parents take her home “to enjoy her as long as she lives.” Continue reading Mary Jane and me