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.
Gathering Congregational Support
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.
Get Started in 5 Steps
Getting started is easier than you might think! Here are our recommendations – and if you get stuck or need extra advice, please contact us. We’re here to help!
- 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.
- Order an Introductory Kit and start becoming familiar with Friendship materials. You can also visit the TOGETHER website for information and samples from our exciting new curriculum.
- Download 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.
- Tips for Making Art in Friendship Groups
- Painted Banner Project
- Promise Plaque Project
- Praise Sticks Project
- Starry Night Christmas Card Project
Fun and Games
A guide to the scripture passage and key Biblical truth covered in each session of Friendship study materials.
Creative ways to reuse the Friendship materials.
Browse our past newsletters for inspiring stories and new ideas, and sign up to have the newsletter delivered to you.
Some practical advice for finding co-leaders, mentors, and other volunteers.
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.
Useful tips for Friendship mentors, whether seasoned or brand-new.
This video provides helpful tips for including friends who may be non-verbal or have a higher level of needs.
A set of model guidelines to reduce the risk of abuse occurring within your group.
This form can help facilitate the screening of volunteers who will help provide a safe environment within your group.