Ashley will be teaching one workshop on disability ministry:
Disability Ministry in the Women’s Ministry Context: How to Enfold, Teach, and Assimilate Ladies with Disabilities into Women’s Programs and Bible Studies. Young adulthood is typically an exciting time in life and involves a lot of unique “firsts” – college, first jobs, getting married, buying homes, and having babies are common mile markers. Women’s ministry often picks up these young adults at some point during these transitions. For young ladies with disabilities, this often isn’t the case. Graduation from high school often means a loss of vital routines, purpose, and friends. Family members resume all-day care and become the facilitators for almost all social and spiritual growth. Here’s where it gets sticky: ladies with disabilities of all ages may seem like they don’t fit into your women’s ministry—and chances are, they won’t unless we work at making them a vital part. Women’s ministry programs, Bible studies, and service opportunities are wonderful avenues for fellowship, new skills, learning, and belonging….but how do we actually make that work? Join us in this seminar as we discuss how to enfold ladies with disabilities in ways that allow them to continually grow in Christ and that enable lasting relationships to develop.