The Nuts and Bolts
Whether you’re just thinking about getting started or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll find fun and helpful ideas in the sections below.
Are you excited about disability ministry, but not sure how to convince others how important it is? Try some of these resources!
- Watch (and share) the 100% Together video, which makes a strong case for the importance of disability ministry.
- Watch (and share) the Friendship Ministries video (long or short version) to learn more about the impact a Friendship group can have on your church.
- We have a variety of brochures, information kits, and newsletters that we would be happy to send you if your congregation prefers paper resources. Contact us to request some!
- Ask your Friends and Mentors to share their gifts by leading worship on a special Friendship Sunday. Your congregation will be blessed and encouraged. You may use our bulletin cover or bulletin insert to help you share the mission.
- Finally, if you need help, check out this practical advice for recruiting volunteers.
- Start with the Program Guide, which is available online or in print. This useful handbook provides step-by-step instructions for starting a Friendship group.
- Download a sample session from God, Our Father, or visit the TOGETHER website for information and samples from our exciting new curriculum.
- Download (and read) What Friendship Mentors Need to Know and start recruiting mentors. It’s not hard – click here for some recruiting tips.
- Review the Abuse Prevention Guidelines and Volunteer Disclosure Form. These important documents will help you ensure that your group is a safe place for everyone.
- When you get started, let us know! We’ll welcome your group in our newsletter.
- Curriculum Overview
A guide to the scripture passage and key Biblical truth covered in each session of Friendship study materials.
- Fresh Curriculum Ideas
Creative ways to reuse Friendship materials.
- Newsletter Archive
Browse our past newsletters for inspiring stories and new ideas, and sign up to have the newsletter delivered to you.
- Tips for Recruiting Volunteers
Some practical advice for finding co-leaders, mentors, and other volunteers.
- Including Friends in Ministry
Friends should not be only on the receiving end of ministry. This resource will help you find ways to help your friends share their gifts.
- What Friendship Mentors Need to Know
Useful tips for Friendship mentors, whether seasoned or brand-new.
- Mentoring High Needs Friends
This video provides helpful tips for including friends who may be non-verbal or have a higher level of needs.
- Abuse Prevention Guidelines
A set of model guidelines to reduce the risk of abuse occurring within your group.
- Volunteer Disclosure Form
This form can help facilitate the screening of volunteers who will help provide a safe environment in your group.