Disability Ministries Task Force

To equip the Church to reach out, include, and encourage full participation of people with disabilities and their families in the life of Christ’s Church. Click here to learn more!

 

INFORMATION

 

Disability Ministry Task Force Presentation (Mission Conference 2019)

 

Disability Ministry District Newsletter 1

 

Disability Ministry District Newsletter 2

 

Disability Ministry District Newsletter 3

 

Disability Ministry District Newsletter 4

 

Disability Ministry District Newsletter 5

 

Service Dogs Information 

 

Beatitudes

 

Church Disability Ministry Contact Person Information

 

Church Disability Contact Person Cover Letter

 

Church Disability Contact Person Job Description

 

Disability Ministry Contact Person Program Brochure

 

Congregations can be served by the Disability Ministry Task Force through

  • Consultation

  • Education

  • Information and referral

  • Speakers

  • Workshops

  • Seminars

 

RESOURCES

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

The LCMS task force that addressed ministry to people with disabilities assembled a variety of resources that can be used to increase awareness in a congregational setting.

Joni and Friends 

Our Mission is to communicate the Gospel and equip Christ-honoring Churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities.

Church Facility Accessibility Checklist

Irresistible Church Survey

We've Got This: Providing Respite for Families Affected by Disability*

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Bethesda Lutheran Communities

 

To enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.

CHURCHES WITH DISABILITY MINISTRIES

Holy Cross, Los Gatos

Specific Ministries: Respite Events, accessible church facilities, enhanced sound system and spaces for wheelchair users in the sanctuary, disabled parking places, integration of children and adults with disabilities into age appropriate programs, partner church with Joni and Friends.

 

Lutheran Church, Atascadero

Specific Ministries:  Saturday School for the people with developmental disabilities.

Saint Peter's, San Leandro 

Specific Ministries: Friday night program for adults with developmental disabilities.

pastor@saintpeterssanleandro.org

Redeemer, Fresno

Specific Ministries:  Outreach to residents at Bethesda Homes

 

Grace, Hayward

Specific Ministries: Friday Friends (1st & 3rd 6-8PM) combines respite, fellowship, Bible Study, crafts and food. Wheelchair accessible church facilities on one level, disabled parking places, partner church with Joni and Friends. Expanding worship into group homes.

Investigating offering Respite Events, family events and an enhanced sound system for worship services. 

St. John’s Napa

Specific Ministries:  Disabled parking spaces; accessible church facilities; transportation assistance; enhanced sound system in sanctuary; Sunday Bible class for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Individual Religious Plan (IRP) for people with disabilities which includes confirmation and communion; shut-in ministry; devotional materials printed, collated, and shipped to groups and individuals requesting them; mental health presentations; Disability Ministry Task Force. revtzb@comcast.net

First, Hanford

Specific Ministries: Parking spaces for people with disabilities; accessible church facilities with ramps leading to any raised doorways; and spaces in the sanctuary for people using wheelchairs, walkers, scooters or crutches.  Large family restroom with grab-bars that is accessible for people using wheelchairs and walkers.

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, San Francisco

Specific Ministries:  Sunny Paths Special Needs Camp, an annual camp for children with special needs (third and fourth week in July), and quarterly respite events.  Physical layout includes disabled parking, accessible restrooms, seating for wheelchair users, and level access to the altar. 

https://www.facebook.com/sunnypathssnp

 

St Andrews, Stockton

Specific Ministries:  Good Shepherd Family, connecting adults with disabilities to Christ, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Saturdays for the month – 12 pm – 3 pm.  Physical layout includes disabled parking, accessible restrooms, level access to the sanctuary, seating for wheelchair users, and level access to the altar for communion.

 

Mount Olive, Milpitas

Specific Ministries:  Respite Events, accessible church facilities, spaces for wheelchair users in the sanctuary, disabled parking places.  Santa Clara Lifegroup is starting a partnership with the Bethesda, Fremont, home, for adults with developmental disabilities.

respite@mt-olive.org

jhuss@mt-olive.org

 

Peace, Sacramento

Specific Ministries: Disabled parking spaces, accessible church facilities, and a Disability Ministry Task Force, which held a Disability Awareness Workshop in September, 2017. Events have been held for adults with disabilities living in the Sacramento area and several events for children with special needs and their siblings so their parents can have a date night. Contact: Dianne Flynn, stoptheponi@aol.com

Disability Ministry Task Force Board Members

 

Chair
Dianne Flynn (Northern Region)

 

Secretary
Elaine Zimmerman (Pacific Region)

 

Treasurer
Helene Kipp (Pacific Region)

 

Pastoral Member
Rev. Alan Hilton (Nevada Region)

 

Pastoral Member
Rev. Otis Byrd (Pacific Region)

 

Lay Member
Mr. Art Larson (Pacific Region)

 

Lay Member
Mrs. Victoria Bodine (Southern Region)

Outcome statements

To equip the Church to reach out, include, and encourage full participation of people with disabilities and their families in the life of Christ’s Church.

To achieve this mission, the DMTF has adopted the following priorities and outcome statements: 

1.Research. The DMTF will analyze data derived from its target audience, identifying needs and opportunities for Gospel-based ministry.

2.Referral. The DMTF will develop a resource database of speakers and media pertaining to disability ministry in order to connect congregations to appropriate resources.

3.Advocate. The DMTF will make presentations to groups in order to develop disability awareness.

4.Network. The DMTF will facilitate the sharing of disability ministry experiences, education and best practices among the churches through its website and blog.

Contact the Disability Ministry Task Force 

(925) 245-4000

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