We are looking to expand our product development team with the addition of experienced illustrators and graphic designers. Committed believers who have a heart for disability ministry, consider applying.
Hiring Graphic Designers and Illustrators
We are opening an online store to offer a number of adapted materials to help families and churches in the discipleship of individuals who have disabilities. The products require creative graphic designs and/or original illustrations. We have several short-term and long-term product development positions to fill. These positions do not include training. We are looking for committed Christians who have prior experience and who are high-achieving self-starters.
The positions involve developing design concepts, graphics, and layouts on a project basis. Ideas for new products is not involved. These positions require working closely with the Director of Engaging Disability to understand the scope and details of each project, the intended audience, and the theological groundings needed for each product. Products include flashcards, adapted books and worksheets, illustrated books, task boxes, and more.
Hours are flexible within a project’s timeline and deadline. The work is remote. No relocation or travel required. Work from the convenience of your own home or office.
- Independent contractor work, paid per project
- Project rates determined by scope of project and skill level required
- Payment will be made when the project is complete
- Strong relationship with Christ
- Demonstrated graphic design skills, preferably with a portfolio (Graphic Designers)
- Demonstrated drawing skills (by hand and digitally), preferably with a portfolio (Illustrators)
- Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop/InDesign/Illustrator programs (Graphic Designers)
- Creative flair and strong aesthetic sense
- Strong conceptual/visual skills, versatility, and attention to detail
- Professionalism in collaboration, communication, and meeting deadlines
- Experience in disability ministry a plus
- Complete online application form here.
- Questions: Email Ashley Belknap, Director of Engaging Disability With The Gospel, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville on a Sunday morning and you’re likely to run into people involved in the church’s Special Needs Ministry. With several Sunday School classes for children and adults with disabilities, and special care during worship services, Christ Pres is meeting the spiritual and practical needs of approximately 20 individuals who have disabilities.
Extending the Vision Beyond Sundays
The scope of the Special Needs Ministry, however, is much larger. It includes intentionally ministering to the 20 families, addressing the unique needs that each one has. The reach of the ministry extends beyond Sundays. A mom’s support group, “Extreme Moms,” allows the women opportunities for support and community throughout the week. Regular respite events provide opportunities for parents to have a much-needed break from the daily challenges of caring for their family members with disabilities. More on that ministry below.
Extending the Vision to the Whole Congregation
The Special Needs Ministry doesn’t focus only on families living with disability. It also includes intentional ministry to many other church families by giving them opportunities to volunteer and be blessed by the people whom they are seeking to bless. Special Needs Ministry Director Gigi Sanders tells the story of a volunteer mother-son team. “They volunteered at one event and said their lives were changed as their own spiritual needs were met by the children with whom they went to minister to. They now regularly volunteer with us as buddies to our special kids on Sunday morning.”
Volunteers aren’t only recruited from among the general church population. Sanders says, “As our kids with special needs grow up, we reach out to their parents and ask if the kids can become helpers in the ministry, too.” The Special Needs Ministry also partners with Christ Presbyterian Academy whose students have been greatly impacted by serving others with disabilities.
Yet the Foundations Remain the Same
While the program aspect of the Special Needs Ministry is important, the heart of the ministry is the same as it was 27 years ago when it began: people coming alongside others to celebrate life’s joys and face life’s challenges together. The church didn’t launch an organized ministry. It began with people taking one step toward others, and then another step and another. Sanders says, “It all started when one of our members had a baby with Down syndrome. As she walked the halls at church with her baby, a church member said, ‘Let me hold your baby and you go to service.’ That began our special needs ministry.”
Extending the Vision to the Community
As the ministry grew, the church recognized the needs of families touched by disability beyond the congregation. In 2006, the church began a new outreach in the community. Special Saturdays was born out of the need for rest and respite for parents of kids with special needs. Every second Saturday of the month, about 60 children (including kids with disabilities and their siblings) from 30-35 families spend a day of exciting activities at the church while their parents have a day off to do things they ordinarily can’t do.
Christ Pres recently posted a video about Special Saturdays. It describes better than any article could how this outreach is changing lives.
If you would like to learn more about the special needs ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church, please email Gigi Sanders at email@example.com.
ENFOLDING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS INTO VBS
Join us for a FREE one-hour online training session
Thursday, May 31, at 8:00 pm EDT / 7:00 pm CDT
Our VBS training via Zoom conference call was so popular on May 10th that we are repeating it!
Engaging Disability Director, Ashley Belknap, will teach for approximately 30 minutes, followed by discussion and Q&A with the entire Engaging Disability staff for the rest of the hour.
All you need to participate is a computer, tablet, or mobile device with a functioning camera and microphone.
With the summer upon us, let’s talk strategies for discipleship and positive behavior supports in the Vacation Bible School context. We will explore questions such as:
- How do you assess a child’s needs in a minimal amount of time?
- How do you provide supports when you didn’t know you were going to need them?
- How can you effectively prepare and equip your teachers and volunteers to gracefully enfold children with special needs into VBS?
We will also take your questions before and during the call.
Click here to reserve your spot for this session.
We hope to see you on May 31st!