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Starting a Buddy Ministry

Sib Charles (far left) and Candy Nixon (far right) volunteering at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat.

If you are looking for how to welcome families impacted by disability in your church, creating a buddy ministry is one of the best ways to begin! A buddy ministry is more than a program, it’s about building relationships. And serving as a buddy to an individual with disability provides friendship, discipleship, and Kingdom-belonging for the whole family. Listen as Crystal chats with disability ministry leaders Candy Nixon and Sib Charles about the impact that a buddy ministry has on special needs families and the entire church body. Together they share practical ways you can build a successful buddy ministry at your church.

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Call Me Friend

Building Compelling Relationships through One-on-One Ministry

An Irresistible Church is an authentic community built on the hope of Christ that compels people affected by disability to fully belong. Call Me Friend provides the basic heart for one-on-one buddy ministry within the local church.

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