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Our Favorite Books: Developing a Disability Ministry

Are you looking for books to help you develop your church’s disability ministry? Here are our favorites. 



Amplifying Our Witness: Giving Voice to Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities

Conner, Benjamin T.

Wm. B. Eerdmans

All Things Possible: Calling Your Church to Embrace Disability Ministry

Hubach, Stephanie O.

Joni and Friends

Are You Ready? A Personal Guide to Disability Ministry for the Reluctant Leader

Dobes, Mike

Joni and Friends

Beyond Our Church Walls: Bridging the Gap to Those Affected by Disability

Roberts, Karen

Joni and Friends

Children’s Ministry Pocket Guide to Special Needs

Group Publishing


Children’s Ministry Volunteers That Stick

Wideman, Jim


Church Welcome Story and School Welcome Story (may be used as second reference for a church welcome story)

Newman, Barbara J.

CLC Network

Engaging Game Changers: Recruiting and Coaching Volunteers for Disability Ministry

Howard, Ali

Joni and Friends

Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs

Wetherbee, Katie and  Philo, Jolene


Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness

Stanford, Matthew S.


Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities

Newman, Barbara J.

Faith Alive Christian Resources

Leading a Special Needs Ministry: A Practical Guide to Including Children and Loving Families

Lee, Amy Fenton


Let All the Children Come to Me: A Practical Guide to Including Children with Disabilities in Your Church Ministries

Breeding, MaLesa, Pemberton, Dana and Whitworth, Jerry

David C. Cook

Mental Health and the Church: A Ministry Handbook for Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Other Common Mental Health Conditions

Grcevich, Stephen


Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability

Hubach, Stephanie O.


Special Needs Ministry for Children: Creating a Welcoming Place for Families Whose Children Have Special Needs

Verbal, Pat


Start with Hello: Introducing Your Church to Special Needs Ministry

Brueck, Kate

Joni and Friends

Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission

Simpson, Amy



Updated September 15, 2020