Disability ministry is a ministry for everyone, but you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to starting your own. Do you feel like you just don’t have the resources or the expertise to get started? You don’t need to feel that way! Disability ministry doesn’t require a degree in Special Education –just a willing heart to serve! Take a look as we debunk five myths about starting a disability ministry, then learn how Joni and Friends can help equip you and your church to serve people affected by disability!
1. You need a lot of money.
Not true! You may need a little for basic supplies, but you likely already own everything you need.
2. You need a lot of space.
False! You don’t need to find new classrooms – just make sure that the classrooms you already have are accessible for people with disabilities.
3. You can’t get volunteers.
Incorrect! Once you explain that anyone can help people with disabilities in simple, practical ways, you’ll get more volunteers than you need! Remember, you don’t need a degree in Special Education, just a willing heart to serve!
4. You need a whole new curriculum and teachers.
Nope! You can adapt just about any Sunday school curriculum or Bible lessons to people with disabilities. It’s all in how you teach it. Let Joni and Friends help!
5. People with disabilities will be a burden on your church and will not add any value.
Wrong! You will experience new life, gifts, and growth from including a whole new community. Your church will be blessed!
Disability awareness is the beginning of disability ministry and Joni and Friends offers a number of resources and tools to assist you in starting and growing a disability ministry. Let us help you and your church reflect the love of God through making the Gospel of Jesus Christ truly accessible to all!