Equipping the church for disability ministry is at the heart of Joni and Friends’ mission. Education and training is a central thrust of the CID in order to better prepare laity, professionals and ministers for the work of disability ministry. Developing materials and coursework – from the grassroots level to higher academia – allows Joni and Friends to promote a biblical worldview on disability and the role the church is to play in evangelizing, including and empowering the disabled. Programs include:
Course Offering - Through strategic partnerships that the Christian Institute on Disability has established with reputable educational institutions, students can take course work for undergraduate or graduate credit.
Certificate Program - Offered at the International Disability Center in Southern California–students, ministers, professionals or lay people alike can take a one-week intensive course taught by staff of the CID and Joni Eareckson Tada herself. Click HERE to find out more about the Beyond Suffering Course.
Web-Based Education - Recognizing the new and advanced styles of learning through online education, several of the institutions that the CID partners with offer courses fully online.
Training Conferences and Summits - National and international conferences are a part of the education and training offered by Joni and Friends. The Christian Institute on Disability partners with the Church Relations Department and educational institutions for a various training events. Click HERE for a list of our upcoming events.
Curriculum Development - Materials at all levels of training are developed by the Christian Institute on Disability. From grassroots to higher education to small group bible studies, participants can grow and learn through these resources. Click HERE to go to our Education & Training page.