by Paul Tautges | February 19, 2018 9:37 am
Thinking theologically about disability is a massive need in today’s church. That’s one reason I’m thankful to the Lord for recently bringing the Beyond Suffering Bible onto my radar, and into my life and home. In addition to many “Connection Points,” application of biblical truths to personal suffering interspersed throughout, and devotionals written by Joni Eareckson Tada, a wealth of resources is contained in the appendices. One appendix is called, “Becoming a Welcoming Church: God’s Urgent Call to Disability Ministry,” written by Steve Bundy.
Steve begins the appendix with a very personal story of how the Lord used their son to open their hearts to the need for disability ministry in the church. He then calls us to new awareness. Since there are “over one billion people in the world affected by disability, pastors and church leaders must recognize the urgent need for outreach and disability ministry. And churches are uniquely positioned to come alongside these families.”
In Luke 14, Jesus “gave us a new guest list for dinner parties: ‘the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind’ (Luke 14:13).” Steve goes on, then, to challenge us: “If we have the heart of the Master, we will welcome, embrace, and include people affected by disability. This is not only an issue of salvation but of discipleship, fellowship, and full participation.”
The U.R.G.E.N.T. Call
Here are six steps that Steve gives to help our churches get started.
For additional suggestions about how to help start a disability ministry at your church, visit the Joni and Friends website.
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