Churches often struggle with knowing how to support children and adults with special needs. They may be ill-equipped or just don’t know where to begin. Thankfully, there are a number of organizations out there that are committed to provide support and resources that support inclusion, education, and care.
However, I think that we are only beginning to scratch the surface of what it means to serve individuals with special needs within the church. Collaboration between special education professionals and churches is such an important part of this conversation!
What resources have you found that support collaboration between schools and churches?
Here are a few organizations who have made it their mission to provide and develop special needs ministries:
Northwest Area Resources:
Bridge Disability Ministries: This Washington non-profit provides spiritual care, respite retreats, a mobility ministry, and guardianship services for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.
Young Life Capernaum- Greater Seattle: Young Life Capernaum is a ministry for teens with disabilities in the Greater Seattle area. Through weekly clubs and camps, teens gain access to friendships, adventure, and acceptance. Capernaum ministries are also available nationwide.
Upward Bound Camp: This Christian-based camp located in Lyons, Oregon provides year-round educational and recreational activities and respite camps for teens and adults with disabilities.
Joni and Friends: This organization provides tools, resources, and training to support the development of special needs ministries around the world.
Snappin Ministries: This Christian non-profit organization provides opportunities for collaboration and mentorship to address the concerns and needs of parents of children with special needs. Their blog provides relevant tools and information and promotes discussions related to special needs ministry.
Special Needs Ministry Handbook: This handbook provides practical steps and methods to implement a special ministry in your church.