Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A 5-Step Process for Welcoming Children With Special Needs in Your Church

We are going to use the word “BRAVE” to unfold some ideas to help prepare your children’s ministry and start the conversation. If you are uncomfortable with children or adults with special needs, let’s take the fear out of it. Instead of allowing the phrase “special needs” to overwhelm you, change the phrase—learn to think of it as “Specific Needs.”

An example I use: If one of your usual students showed up with a cast on their foot or they had a sprained ankle, the children’s ministry team would quickly know how to help. This is a specific need.

Now, the children with specific needs like autism, Down syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), deafness, blindness, allergies and many others—it would be unrealistic to say all churches must be ready for every specific need. You can’t be ready for everything, but you can learn how to build your team to have a flexible mindset so when those families picks their child up from your children’s ministry, they will have a fragrance of the gospel upon them. Read More

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