|About the Ministry|
Often churches find themselves ill-equipped to welcome youth
with mental and physical disabilities and their families.
When we look around our churches on Sunday mornings or
at other church events we don't often see special needs youth participating.
Sensing that their children don't "belong", families of special needs youth either stay away from church events or adapt by attending church services in shifts, causing their special needs youth to remain "on the outside" and lessening their own experiences of church life. When the church does not have a plan in place to help them, special needs youth and their families can drift to the periphery of church life.
This ministry is designed to help special
needs youth grow in
their Christian faith as fully participating members in their church. The
ministry aims to support special needs youth in all aspects of their
spiritual growth including: worshipping, learning about Scripture,
experiencing fellowship, praying and serving others. The ministry strives to have
special needs youth connected as much as possible to other
members in their church as they seek to grow in their spiritual lives
(rather than providing a program that is distinctly separate from the rest
of church life). These goals are accomplished by developing an Individual
Spiritual Plan for every youth; after the Spiritual Plan is developed, the
youth is surrounded by a group of special friends who help to carry out the
The Special Needs Ministry Handbook described below provides the practical steps and methods to implement this ministry in your congregation.
|About the Handbook|
The Special Needs Ministry Handbook provides all the information you need to implement
the program at your church. This Handbook can be used by:
The Handbook is 35 pages long and may be downloaded as a PDF file. We request a donation of $5.
Click to VIEW the table of contents and an excerpt from the Handbook.
Click to DOWNLOAD the PDF of the Special Needs Ministry Handbook.