National Disability Ministries
- Nathaniel’s Hope (nathanielshope.org)
Resource: Sharing “the Hope” with Kids with Special Needs (VIP kids) and their Families. Building a national network of churches to serve families with special needs by helping them start or expand their special needs ministries through the “Buddy Break” program, a parents-day-out respite program once a month. Other programs include: National VIP Birthday Club, Christmas with Nathaniel’s Hope, Annual Make ‘m Smile festival, and an Online Resource Center.
Contact: Marie Kuck, Executive Director
Email: info@NathanielsHope.org Phone: 407-857-8224
- Access Life (accesslife.org)
Resource: Bridging the gap between individuals and families affected by disabilities and Christ honoring churches and organizations, through fun events and activities.
Contact: Doug and Leanne Goddard
Email: Doug@access-life.org Phone: 214-336-1188
- Shepherds Resources (ccfh.org)
Resource: Understanding people with intellectual disabilities and ministering to them.
Contact: Jim Pierson
- CLC Network (clcnetwork.org)
Resource: Providing education and support services to faith based, public charter schools, home educators and churches nationwide. Developer of G.L.U.E. – a step-by-step process with a spectrum of tools to aid faith communities in doing “ministry with” people with disabilities.
Contact: Barb Newman, President
Email: email@example.com Phone: 616-748-6022
- Champions Club (championsclub.org)
Resource: Inspiring the lives of families and sharing their miracles. Helping churches start Champions Clubs, a Sunday morning program for kids with special needs.
Contact: Craig Johnson
- Friendship Ministries (friendship.org)
“Sharing God’s love with people who have cognitive impairments”
Resource: Provides religious education materials designed specifically for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. Spanish materials are available.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 888-866-8966
- Heart Shapers (heartshaper.com)
A resource to equip teachers and help adapt activities in your lessons so you kids with special needs can be included in the classroom. Every quarter you can download a FREE 15 page newsletter that will give you confidence to welcome children who have special needs into your church.
- Joni and Friends (joniandfriends.org)
Resource: Offers a variety of programs including family retreats for families with disabilities and training and curriculum guides to equip churches including their Special Needs Smart Pages curriculum for ministering to kids with special needs and Camp “Lean on the Lord,” a disability awareness program and missions curriculum for kids.
Phone: 818-707-5664, TTY 818-707-9707
- Key Ministry (keyministry.org)
Resource: Equips churches to welcome and include children and families affected by hidden disabilities (an emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition that has no outwardly apparent symptoms) in all aspects of the life of the church. Also sponsor of Inclusion Fusion providing webinar training for disability ministries.
Contact: Dr. Stephen Grcevich Email: email@example.com
Online Church: http://www.keyministry.org/front-door-online-church/
- LifeWay (lifeway.com/n/Ministries/Special-Needs)
Resource: Lifeway provides bible study resources, VBS curriculum, free downloads, adaptation tips, and more to assist you in welcoming kids with special needs into your classroom.
- Lift Disability Network (liftdisabilitynetwork.org)
Resource: Exists to elevate life in the disability family. By combining efforts with CCPD (The Christian Council on Persons with Disabilities) the ministry network is dedicated to connecting leaders, ministries, and agencies that work in the disability community across the nation.
Contact: Jim Hukill, Executive Director
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 407-210-3916
- MNA – Mission to North America/Presbyterian Church (PCAMNA.org)
Resource: Their mission is to engage, educate, equip and encourage PCA congregations, Presbyteries and agencies on how to effectively minister to people with special needs.
Contact: Stephanie Hubach
- National Organization on Disability (nod.org)
Resource: The Religion and Disability Program, a program of N.O.D., works to help faith-based organizations remove the barriers of attitude, stereotypes, architecture, and communications.
That All May Worship is a workbook to help churches get started in disability ministry.
Email: email@example.com Phone: 202-293-5960, TTY 202-293-5968
- Pure Ministry (pure-ministries.com)
Resource: Helping churches become more aware of and better equipped to minister to people with special needs and their families.
Contact: David Glover, President
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 678-643-6781
Special Touch Ministry (www.specialtouch.org)
Resource: Serving the concerns of people with disabilities, and hosting family camps.
Contact: Charlie and Debbie Chivers, Special Touch Executive Directors
Email: email@example.com Phone: 715-258-2713
- Young Life Capernaum Ministries (younglife.org)
Resource: Capernaum is a program of Young Life designed especially for kids and young adults with disabilities. It provides a place where young people with disabilities can share their struggles and be encouraged to be all that God designed them to be.
Contact: Suzanne Williams, Southern Division Coordinator of Capernaum