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Taking the Leap- Don't Hesitate to start a Disability Ministry

I was recently talking with another mom. She was considering starting a disability ministry in her church. She knew it was a great idea and they had a handful of individuals at her church already that would benefit from her starting a disability ministry. But---

There is always a hesitation when diving into something new. She was scared that she would not have enough time to give the program what it needed to be a good program. She questioned if she would have the support she needed to do it. She was a mother of children with special needs herself. What if they needed her? What if she was too busy heading up the ministry that when her children were in trouble she would have to walk away from it and then what would happen to the program?

I was right there with this mother. I too am a mother with children who have special needs and there has been more than one occasion that I volunteered  to get involved with something and I had to back out because I am my kids care giver, I am their p…
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We have a Disability Ministry Think Tank- You're Invited

At Steps Care Inc., we are not affiliated with any one denomination. We have worked with different denominations over the years, to provide training to support individuals and families that they wished to serve as a community.   While each one of our board members, at this point, come from a Christian point of view we welcome other point of views as well. Our organization is here for educational needs and support for faith organization that are seeking to provide a more inclusive experience to those that are affected by disabilities and their families. We believe that whatever your belief looks like, you should be able to engage those beliefs no matter what your abilities, and fully supported by the faith community of your choosing.
With all that out of the way, we would like to invite you to a round table discussion. If you are currently involved in serving individuals with disabilities or you are wanting to get involved at any capacity please join. We want a variety of minds to parti…

Structure and Ministry as a pendulum

Churches can benefit from structure and operational systems. The challenge for most churches are that they hang from one side of the pendulum or the other. We have some churches that lean heavily on the organization and structure and fail to connect personally to the ministry side, the personal touch that relates and connects with an individual and their humanity. Then I have been in churches that lack in structure and organization, but seem friendly and personal. Which is great, but in these church that rank high in friendliness and likability yet struggle with structure and organizational systems which overlook crucial opportunities for ministry productivity. 
Church systems of operation help break down individual ministry to ensure that not one person that comes in through the doors of the church is over looked or are not plugged in somewhere. The longer an individual lays dormate once joining a church, the potiential of a lasting membership is less likely, especially in this genera…

Insight for Welcoming a Family with Special Needs to your Church

Walking into a new church for the first time can be hard for a family who is navigating the world of special needs. These families approach new situations with such caution and precision. Life is challenging in the most well planned and familiar situations. When coming into a new situation, it can throw off individuals who rely on rigid routines and predictability. Parents and caregivers will make sure they are prepared by doing a little homework. Most will call ahead or visit prior to the first visit. While they are there alone, they will talk to people who attend the church or a lot of times the pastor. They will ask questions that pertain to their situation. For some, knowing that the church is familiar with individuals with special needs will be important. "Are their others who attend who have children that have special needs?", they might ask.  "Is there a disability ministry at the church?",
is another common question. 
What they might not ask for, but would …

Steps Care Inc

I have been stocking the mail box for days, looking for a piece of mail from the States office.  I have filed for nonprofit status through the state of Missouri. Getting Steps incorporated is just another great step in the right direction. We are looking forward to seeing this foundation unfold. Not only by providing training for churches, but also providing resources for families of children who have special needs. We look forward to growing awareness in religious/faith based organizations everywhere.



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Elopement in the church-- Are there proticols???

This topic is close to my heart. This article (in the link that I have shared) is talking about public schools not having protocol in place for elopement risks.
 Autism is on the rise and as I'm always saying, "...churches are effected by autism just as much as business, doctors offices, and schools. Training is a must." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leigh-merryday/the-spectrum-alert-8-step_1_b_5989074.html
I have been on the parent end of elopement situation and let me tell you how thankful I am that nothing extreme happened, but it could have. The stories shared in this article are my greatest fears. 

So let me tell you a story about a beautiful little girl. She was six years old. You would not have known that she was autistic by looking at her. What does autism look like anyway? Right?! A lesson for a different day and another blog. 
 If you had never talked to her, you wouldn't know that she was non-verbal. You would see that she was a happy, giggly blond headed girl,…