Disability Concerns helps churches flourish by including people with disabilities in every aspect of congregational life. In healthy churches, everyone belongs and everyone serves. Disability Concerns enables churches to identify and remove barriers that prevent people from active participation in the church.
While the CRC celebrated its 150th anniversary, Disability Concerns marked its 25th year of service. In recognition of this milestone, we are including a special edition of our newsletter in this issue of The Banner, and a disability awareness kit has been prepared for all Christian Reformed churches.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship recently awarded a grant to Disability Concerns and its partner organizations to help fund a project to enable a group of 10 churches to become more inclusive of people with disabilities. The churches chosen for this initiative will be selected from churches in West Michigan, but the lessons learned through the process, when shared, will help churches everywhere.
Disability Concerns will release a new publication for churches this year. Written by John Cook, one of our regional advocates, the booklet will enable church leaders and members to more effectively care for individuals with disabilities.
Mark Stephenson, director
- Nearly 500 volunteers carry out the work of Disability Concerns.
- Bulk subscriptions of our newsletter, Breaking Barriers, are available to churches free of charge for distribution to church members.
- About 17 percent of people in the U.S. and Canada live with disabilities.
- Based on this statistic, about 46,000 people in our denomination live with disabilities.
- Our website features many resources for developing inclusive ministries.