On March 26, Dr. Ralph Honderd gave a forum at VTS on ministry with people with intellectual disabilities. This is an area of our ministry of welcome in which so many churches have significant room for improvement. The good news Dr. Honderd shared is that there are people who can help.
Friendship Ministries is an inter-denominational organization whose mission is to “share God’s love with people who have intellectual disabilities and to enable them to become an active part of God’s family.” As a part of that mission, they offer materials for sale and also maintain a suggested reading list.
Similarly, CLC Network (Christian Learning Center) “promotes the development of people with a variety of abilities and disabilities to live as active, integrated members of their communities.” Their site also includes a reading list, as well as product offerings that range from books to “Inclusion Awareness Kits” and services like church consulting and drama/dance.
Both groups want to help your church take concrete steps to include people with cognitive impairments and to help support families’ lives of faith. Please consider reaching out to them.