The North/West Lower Michigan Synod is excited to introduce our Disability Ministries Task Force. The mission, or purpose, of the Disability Ministries Task Force is to serve as a reservoir of knowledge and resources for congregations who desire to begin or enhance their ministry with people who live with disabilities. This could include doing ministry with those who are already participating in the life of the congregation or welcoming those who live outside of the context of the worshiping community.
The term “disability” refers to a condition of body or mind that requires accommodation. It covers a wide range of intellectual, physical, sensory, and mental health conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. live with some type of disability, and this number is growing.
For more information about how the Disability Ministries Task Force may be of service to you, please reach out to Pastor Clay Bates, Chair of the Disability Ministries Task Force, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disability Ministries Resources
Books & Articles
Copious Hosting: A Theology of Access for People with Disabilities by Jennie Weiss Block
“Learning to Picture God from Those Who Cannot See” by Craig A. Satterlee
Disability and the Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion by Lamar Hardwick
Autism and Alleluias by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc
Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities by Erik W. Carter
All Belong Center for Inclusive Education
Lamar Hardwick, The Autism Pastor
Ministry with Disabilities featuring Bishop Craig Alan Satterlee