“Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?”Exodus 4:11
God’s dominion stretches over all his beloved creation, calling all of his children to listen to his word. Many church communities have begun disability ministries through Friendship Ministries’ TOGETHER curriculum so that worship can be more inclusive. At this point, you may be asking yourself a couple of questions: “What is inclusive ministry?” or “How do I start my own Friendship Group?” In this blog post, we will be answering these questions and any others you may have about Friendship Ministries.
So, what is inclusive ministry? This is a broad term that encompasses any kind of ministry that seeks to support needs of differently abled members of the church. Friendship Ministries believes that inclusive ministry should provide resources that support faith formation and congregational inclusion with individuals with intellectual disability. You can learn more about our organization here. TOGETHER is the curriculum we created which promotes inclusive ministry. This leads us into the next question-
What is TOGETHER? Friendship Ministries developed this unique curriculum to be both engaging and educational. TOGETHER groups are small groups which use our multimedia materials in tandem with scripture to partake in fellowship with God. We have a variety of Bible studies ranging in different themes and different parts of the Bible. You can explore all available TOGETHER titles here. You may now be then be asking then,
How can I start a TOGETHER group at my church? Good news! Starting a TOGETHER group is a super simple and easy process. Since TOGETHER is completely delivered online, you have complete access to all of our resources as soon as you buy the study. This includes the Leader’s guide, visual Bible presentations, warm up exercises, and much more! Order it online here.
Friendship Ministries is ready when you are. Click here to begin the process of planting a disability ministry so that all of God’s children may listen to his word.