"The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ."
🌱 I Corinthians 12:12-13 🌱
Approximately 14% of the total enrollment of students in the United States receive special education services and supports. One percent of the world’s population has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CDC, 2018). Individuals with special needs are a substantial group of people, yet only 1% of the faith communities in the United States have services or supports for them and their families. Millions of families have been excluded from religious services or events.
The Great Commission requires people of all nationalities, races, economic status, and disabilities be an integral part of church life. God commands us to reach out to the unreached (Luke 14:21-24). At the heart of the Gospel is inclusion. Inclusion is not a place; it is a philosophy. It is a feeling of belonging, participation, contribution, respect, & acceptance. It’s an understanding that we are better together.
I believe that faith communities can provide safe, inclusive environments for people with disabilities, including those who struggle with mental health issues, if they receive the appropriate training to do so. Our goal is to educate, equip, and empower faith communities to minister, with excellence, to the greatest in God's kingdom, our exceptional individuals.
If you are interested in creating and developing a superlative special needs ministry in your faith community, you can contact me for more information. I provide comprehensive training on how to teach and minister to individuals with special needs of all ages so they can be developed spiritually, intellectually, social emotionally, vocationally, and physically. My passion is to see individuals with special needs be included in all aspects of the community. I am currently the International Training Coordinator for the Champions Club. For more information regarding the Champions Club visit championsclub.org.