Church Engagement

Steps You Can Take to Include People with Disabilities in Your Church

March 14, 2019

One of the places where families impacted by disability should feel most welcomed is at church. But when it comes to building an inclusive environment, people and churches often struggle with where to begin. Today on the podcast, Crystal talks with two ministry experts, Liz Babbitt and Lauren Garner, who discuss what it means to…

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Mutual Friendship When Disability is Involved

February 28, 2019

There’s a difference between ministering to someone who has a disability and really doing life with them. While barriers like staircases and narrow doorways may keep someone with a physical disability from entering a space, there are other barriers that keep them from genuine, deep friendship. How can we take steps to tear down walls…

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How Disability Impacts Everyone in the Family

February 21, 2019

  You don’t really know a person until you’ve heard their story. For so many families impacted by disability, that story includes unique challenges and demands that can be exhausting and relentless. Responsibilities are often 24/7 in order to meet the needs of a child, spouse, or grandparent with a disability. Today on the podcast,…

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Love, Marriage, and Disability

February 14, 2019

In the middle of his successful career in the biotech industry, Kevin Stark unexpectedly became a quadriplegic. A few years later, he met his lovely wife, Jamie, and they fell in love. On this special Valentine’s Day episode of the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, Kevin and Jamie Stark give honest insight about marriage and…

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Disability Etiquette (Part 2) – Breaking down visible and invisible barriers

February 7, 2019

Walking a mile in someone’s shoes is a great way to understand their personal struggles and perspectives. While Tracey Motoda and Scott Bankhead don’t put that much wear on their actual shoes (they are both wheelchair users), we can certainly gain a lot of perspective from their own personal experiences of living and working in…

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Disability Etiquette (Part 1) – How to build genuine friendships with people impacted by disability

January 31, 2019

Do you have questions about disability etiquette? You may have heard the “do’s and don’ts” of communication and interaction, but is that what someone with a disability is really looking for? In part 1 of our Crystal’s conversation about disability etiquette, she talks with her friends Tracey Motoda and Scott Bankhead, both wheelchair users with physical disabilities. They…

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Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, and Katherine Wolf on What Determines a Person’s Value

January 29, 2019

How do you respond to those who believe some lives are just not worth living? In this bonus episode, Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder of Joni and Friends and a 51-year veteran of life in a wheelchair joins Nick Vujicic, Founder of Life Without Limbs, and Katherine Wolf, former model, young mother, and stroke survivor, to…

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New Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast

January 23, 2019

Do you have questions about the challenges of living with a disability? Are you looking for hands-on ways to show the love of Christ to someone facing daily hardships and suffering? On our new Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, we’re answering these real questions. Each week, host Crystal Keating is sitting down with a special guest or…

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Don’t Miss “Call Me Friend!”

November 16, 2018

Are you looking for resources to help your church become a more inclusive and welcoming community? The latest release in the Irresistible Church book series by Joni and Friends, “Call Me Friend,”explores the Buddy Program, a ministry that many churches find successful in welcoming those with disabilities into their congregations and encouraging their spiritual growth. “Buddy…

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New Disability Ministry Resource – Beyond Our Church Walls

November 9, 2018

If you invite us, don’t send us away… The Great Commission, given by Jesus to his disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I…

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