Welcoming People with Disabilities into Christ’s Church (Presbyterian Outlook)



Jesus calls us to draw in people from the margins of our communities, but the attitudes in our congregations may communicate fear or pity rather than the welcome of true belonging. We have built ramps into our churches. Have we built inclusive relationships?

In this on-demand webinar we will talk about stages of changing attitudes. We will hear the story of a church making small changes that have made a big difference in the life of a family. We will see how making one church ministry more inclusive can become a gateway for people to experience the gospel. We will begin the conversation for you to continue that practice of invitation in your church and community.

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss attitudes in congregations that may be barriers to relationships with people impacted by disability.
  • Explore adaptive practices in ministries of worship, learning, mission and fellowship.
  • Identify an existing church ministry that could be adapted to include people with developmental disabilities.
  • Use resources (in the community, online and in print) to help equip leaders and volunteers to include people of all abilities in congregational life.

Learn more about this on-demand webinar

About the instructor: Evelyn Worth McMullen has more than 30 years of experience in Christian education ministry, with a special focus on reaching out to the special-needs community. She developed Bright Threads Ministries, an organization that shows churches how to weave people of all abilities into the fabric of congregational life.

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