A few weeks ago some partners in ministry and I flew to Denver for a quick Advisory Board meeting for the Gospel Alliance. While there, we were able to meet with 15 other RCA leaders who are also on the team to plan, pray, worship, and dream about the future of the Gospel Alliance. Our […]
Which of the two did what his father wanted? Matthew 21:31 (NIV) During our trip to the Gospel Alliance Conference at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana last fall, a number of our group that had traveled from Pella enjoyed some time in the hotel’s lobby sharing stories and laughs. At one point, the conversation turned […]
Matthew 5: 1-9 5 1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: 3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of […]
I did not grow up in a Reformed denomination, nor did I come to faith or begin my path to ministry in one. Much of my early experience in faith and ministry was in what one of my college professors called “Baptistic” traditions; that is, Baptist churches, congregationally-driven churches like the Evangelical Free Church, or […]
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 This has been one of my favorite verses because it reminds me to evaluate the words of my mouth and the things on my heart, that they may honor […]
A fountain of compassion, a spring of hope, The Well Resource Center is a place of community where individuals and families can find help and hope when facing difficult circumstances. We use a wholistic approach to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It is a place to explore long-term solutions and receive the love of […]
This year has been another year marked by headlines of church leaders being removed from their leadership positions due to misconduct. However, this year the stories have been even more notable because of the prominence of many of these pastors and also the nature of the misconduct. These abuses of power and misconduct hurt not […]
1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Coming back from the Gospel Alliance gathering, most of […]
The theme of this year’s Gospel Alliance gathering hosted at Faith Church was “Love and Justice.” The gathering consisted of sessions that encouraged church leaders to keep the call of the church to be inclusive of all ethnic groups (Revelation 5:9-10; Ephesians 2:13-16) and marked by love and justice while waiting continually for our God (Hosea 12:6). There […]
I write this month not only as a worship leader in a congregation, but also as the provider of Spiritual Services for an organization that offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities. One of my responsibilities in this position is to stay in conversation with congregations and leaders about ministering to people with […]
I write this month not only as a worship leader in a congregation, but also as the provider of Spiritual Services for an organization that offers services for people with mental and physical disabilities. One of my responsibilities in this position is to stay in conversation with congregations and leaders about ministering to people with disabilities.
In August, I gave the invitation to local congregations to celebrate the brothers and sisters in Christ in our communities who live with disabilities. I would like to extend this invitation to all of you.
The Reformed Church in America recognizes the second Sunday in October as Disability Awareness Sunday. I would like to encourage you to consider planning your worship services that day around the themes of unity and community. You may also choose to include children and adults with disabilities in the leadership of the service through their participation on a worship team or in the reading of Scripture and prayers. The second edition of the Inclusion Handbook, edited by Terry A. De Young and Mark Stephenson, says, “All believers are called by God. Therefore, each believer has a mission to fulfill that has been given by God. The body of Christ, the church, has many parts, but is one. Each member of Christ’s body is essential for a healthy church” (page 9).
Our brothers and sisters in Christ who live with disabilities have much to offer to their church family. Disability ministry is yet an unexplored land waiting to be discovered. It has a place in the church’s mission field. We do not need to travel very far from home to find opportunities for this kind of evangelism. In ministering to my friends with disabilities, I have discovered organizations and denominations who have wonderful resources available for disability ministry in the local church. The links are listed below. I invite you to check them out.
Reformed Church in America
Websites associated with Joni Eareckson Tada’s ministry
The facebook page for the Reformed Church in America disability ministry
The CLC Network