Entries by Ashley Belknap

Educating Your Extended Family on Disability

We often enter church with the belief that the congregation won’t understand disability. But we tend to expect our own families to understand us, even if we haven’t taken the […]

Adapting Ministry at Reformed Pres in Ephrata, PA

Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPC) in Ephrata, PA, has a 20-year history of doing disability ministry. Over time, ministry has changed in response to member needs and new opportunities, but it […]

Making Strategic Adaptations at Church

A frequently-asked question in the local church is, “What should we do next in disability ministry?” The answer varies from church to church. It largely depends on factors such as […]

Guiding a Family into the Heart of Church

Many churches are seeing a drop in attendance, and they are eager to have visitors and love them well. We want to see churches express the same eagerness for your […]

Planning Chart for Adapting Church Programs

We encourage churches to think through ways to adapt existing age and stage-of-life programs to allow individuals with disabilities and their families to participate more fully. This planning chart (PDF) […]

Enfolding Families at Christ Pres in Nashville

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 […]

Coffee, Friendship, and Ministry Growth

Disability ministry, now a very natural part of church body life at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, has come a long way since its beginning in 2000. “During the […]

Using Motivators in Children’s Ministry

The effect of disability on every child is unique. Many children with disabilities have difficulty being motivated to learn and do things that don’t intuitively seem like things they should […]

Physical Accessibility Issues for Churches

There are many ways in which churches can be inaccessible to people with disabilities, the elderly and injured. A primary one is physical accessibility. Being physically accessible is an expression of […]

How Disability is Indispensable

The word disability often conjures images and ideas that reflect a limited understanding of the unique abilities of people who have disabling conditions. Disability often causes us to focus on […]