The Movement is Coming of Age

June 14, 2011

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Yesterday, Ministry to Children (the world’s largest children’s ministry website, with approximately 3 million page views per year) very graciously ran an article featuring nine blogs focusing upon special needs ministry, including several written by contributors to this site. In recent weeks, we’ve seen new blogs launched by Jackie Mills-Fernald, Director of McLean Bible Church’s Access Ministry, host church for the Annual Accessibility Summit, as well as a new blog by Michael Woods, the founder of this site and expert on ministry to kids with autism and their families.

One of the strongest affirmations I see that we’re barking up the right tree is the way that God is moving through so many of His followers in different places, with different gifts and in different church traditions to minister to families of kids who have been impacted by disabilities, primarily “hidden disabilities.” Thanks to the wonders of Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere, we’ve discovered many new ministry colleagues in the past year who have been led to initiate great ministries in the communities and spheres of influence in which they’ve been planted.

Our ministry team is meeting tomorrow with a primary agenda of re-evaluating our social media strategy to examine the best ways of stewarding our time and resources to best advance the cause of welcoming families of kids with disabilities (in our case, “hidden disabilities”) into the church. Given the excellent content that’s available on serving kids with special needs at church, I sense far less pressure to produce blog posts that simply echo points other leaders are making on other blogs and in other venues.

Here are links to a couple of posts (here and here) I did back in December looking at the role Key Ministry seeks to play within the movement. I’d be very interested in the thoughts of other leaders as to where they see their own ministries or organizations uniquely contributing to the inclusion of families of kids with disabilities in the church. I’d also ask our readers…What needs to exist that doesn’t currently exist if more kids and families are going to experience the love of Christ and grow as His disciples through involvement with a local church?

In the meantime, it’s pretty cool to have the privilege of seeing all that God’s accomplishing through his followers in expanding His kingdom to include families of kids with special needs.

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About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, www.church4everychild.org was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.

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One Comment on “The Movement is Coming of Age”

  1. Doug Goddard Says:

    I definitely see God growing awereness of disability ministry and leading believers to reach out to individuals and families living with disabilities. I also see God using disability ministry to bless those who choose to serve in these areas and help churches to stay or refocus on His heart for the church worldwide. Rather than putting so much energy into entertainment and trying to lure people to church, efforts placed in simply loving, serving and ministering to those in need within our areas of uinfluence have the most profound and longest lasting effects.

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