Building Inclusive Culture in a Small Church
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Building Inclusive Culture in a Small Church

There is a very popular warehouse store close to my house where you can buy nearly anything in bulk. Need 300 packs of cheese crackers? Aisle 4. Four dozen dishrags? Aisle 12. Sheet cakes the size of Nebraska? At the bakery in the back. While many in my community thoroughly enjoy the thrill of purchasing...

Trivia Night: Getting Men Involved in Disability Ministry
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Trivia Night: Getting Men Involved in Disability Ministry

When I first got started with disability ministry, it was not a grand calling.  I did not wake up in the middle of the night with a vision from God who provided a clear direction for ministry.  My introduction to truly serving the disability community was far less extravagant.  Mary Tatum, who runs the Shine...

Vision Drives Everything
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Vision Drives Everything

“Where there is no vision, the people perish; but happy is he who keeps the teaching.” Proverbs 29:18 MEV These are strong words! Vision is vitally important in our lives and our churches. Without a strong vision, we tend to flounder, lose purpose, and ultimately be led astray. What exactly is a vision? I like...

Memory Verse Scramble Activity
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Memory Verse Scramble Activity

Finding a creative and inclusive activity that brings the entire classroom together while at the same time, incorporates the weekly lesson isn’t always super easy to come up with. In our teen class at Southeast Christian Church, our group seems to really enjoy the hands-on activities.  I am always looking to find ways that we...

“A Taste of __________.” Event Idea
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“A Taste of __________.” Event Idea

Disability Ministry Event that promotes fun, awareness, inclusion, and volunteer recruitment (even volunteer recruitment of men at your church)! Many years ago, when my wife and I lived in Cincinnati, OH we loved attending all the different suburbs “Taste of” events. For example, a “Taste of Blue Ash” was in a suburb just north of...

50 Disability Ministry Words of Wisdom
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50 Disability Ministry Words of Wisdom

50 Words of wisdom gained from years of Disability Ministry adventures The disability community is the largest unreached people group in the world The disability community is the only mission field that exists in every community You do not have to travel over an ocean to “go on mission” reaching the disability community for Christ...

Who Are We? Inclusion in Any Sized Church
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Who Are We? Inclusion in Any Sized Church

“Bronwyn…wait…” I momentarily snapped out of my inner chaos and turned around. “Hey, how are you feeling about all of this?”. I looked at the rain that began to fall all around us and rolled up my child’s freshly printed assessment results in my hands over and over. “If you ever want to meet and...

Fight for your Flock
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Fight for your Flock

There is a multitude of reasons why people have disengaged: rational and irrational fears and people taking legitimate caution are probably the two that would be the most talked-about and accepted. I believe however the real reason why people have disengaged lies in a lack of true pre-pandemic relational connections. If people are connected to...

Shine On: Tim Tebow Foundation
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Shine On: Tim Tebow Foundation

In 2015 the Tim Tebow Foundation launched the first Night to Shine proms. These events are truly unforgettable experiences centered on God’s love for people with special needs. In 2021 the Night to Shine prom movements has reached over 700 churches, in 30+ countries, celebrating more than 100,000 kings and queens. While families and churches...

Keep Going: When Ministry Moves at a Glacial Pace
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Keep Going: When Ministry Moves at a Glacial Pace

There is a line in the movie The Devil Wears Prada that Meryl Streep’s character delivers so flawlessly, I still quote it 15 years after the movie’s release. In expressing her contempt for the work pace of her intern, Streep says simply “By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills...