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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 person they count on. I don't like disappointing people. But my children's needs supersede my involvement elsewhere.

More times than not at Steps Care, it is families of children with special needs reaching out to us asking us, "How do I start a disability ministry at my church?" Let me say this... I go to a lot of resource fairs. I see more organizations that were founded by families effected by disabilities more than any thing. We know what it takes. We know the commitment it requires. So what if it is scary? :)
Disability ministry is not something that is cookie cutter. Every disability ministry that I have visited has looked just a little bit different. You can do this. Maybe You can't be that leader that is there every service. Maybe you can't be the constant support that is needed for the families needing disability ministry in your church. But do what you can do and don' t let that stop you.

I want to encourage you to do what you can. Step up and let's do this. What would disability ministry look like if you were in charge? What would disability ministry look like if you volunteered?  Let us know. We would love to hear your ideas.

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