Sometimes we in the church develop a program to “fix” things. But, when it comes to people with special needs or disabilities, it is not about “fixing” a problem. Special needs ministry takes more than a program. While we may need to make some adjustments to accommodate their challenges, it’s more about building an environment where everyone belongs.
Perspective Needed to Get Beyond Mere Programming for Special Needs Ministry
To build an inclusive environment, we need a proper mindset, attitude, and heart …
that sees the person, not the disability.
that views them as much a part of the Body as anyone else.
that unconditionally accepts those different than ourselves.
Help for Ministry Leaders and Bible Teachers
Sure, you will undoubtedly need to develop a program structured to best meet their unique needs but you already do that for children, youth, and adults, for men and women, etc. But, just like with those ministries, the goal should never be to isolate them from total church life. They are a valuable part of the Body. They belong.