A Roadmap to Effective Disability Ministry
When Jesus showed us what ministry should look like, he made it a priority to reach out to people with disabilities. He recognized their value and dignity, treated them with love and told us to do the same. Ministry to those with disabilities and their families will transform hearts, families, communities and even nations in the name of Jesus Christ.
Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry provides you with a roadmap to an effective and inspiring disability ministry. Created by the Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, Beyond Suffering is a comprehensive course that gives an overview of the theological and practical underpinnings of the movement. It will equip you to think critically, compassionately and clearly about the complex issues that impact people with disabilities and their families and to confidently bring them the love of Christ.
The Introduction for Christian Leaders available below is designed especially for busy pastors and leaders who seek to lead their congregations into deeper ministry to families looking for love and acceptance. Whether you are a senior pastor, children’s pastor, lay leader, or volunteer, you may be called upon to address some of life’s hardest questions about suffering and disability from a biblical perspective.
These four lessons lay the foundation for beginning or expanding your ministry to those affected by disability – bringing them into the body of Christ as Jesus intended when he said, “Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame…that my house will be full” (Luke 14:21, 23).
Our prayer at Joni and Friends is that God will inspire you through this first step to encourage others in your congregation to take the complete, 16-lesson course – Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry. For more information, visit www.joniandfriends.org/BYS. Joni and Friends also has Area Ministries throughout the United States, which are uniquely qualified to assist your church’s growing disability ministry.
The Introduction for Christian Leaders is available in seven languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Russian, and Spanish (Thai is coming soon). Click on the links below to view or download the complete set of materials, including the written guide, power point presentations and videos.