Special Needs Ministry Topics

Special Needs Ministry Topics

These workshops are designed to provide a complete two day training for church children’s ministry staff and volunteers or other groups interested in launching a special needs ministry. Or churches can choose a few of the workshops that best meet their needs.

Disabilities and Faith Overview: Where do disabilities fit into the framework of our faith? What does the Bible say about special needs? How do disabilities affect faith development? This session answers those questions and more.

Creating an Inclusive Culture at Church: This workshop explains how to create a welcoming climate for those with disabilities across church ministries and age groups.

Understanding Parents of Kids with Disabilities: Learn about the concerns parents have for their kids with special needs and how to partner with them to encourage spiritual development in their children.

Special Needs Ministry Logistics: Enrollment, information forms, volunteer training, staffing, scheduling, confidentiality, and other children’s ministry logistics will be covered.

Classroom Modifications for Success: This session is packed with ideas volunteers can use to modify space and adjust curriculum to better meet the needs of all learners.

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Many of the concepts in this workshop are also discussed in Every Child Welcome: A Menu of Strategies for Including Kids with Special Needs written by Katie Wetherbee and Jolene Philo.

For more information or to book a training, contact Jolene via email.


  1. Rikki Rikki
    November 23, 2017    

    Have you seen individuals on the spectrum who think concretely and therefore have difficulty with religion be welcomed comfortably into the church? Do you have thoughts on how church and spirituality can be framed for the individual to help them open to the experience? There is much to be gained for the person (ASD) , their family and the congregation.I know my son would attend if he didn’t perceive it as people “making” him believe certain things.

  2. November 29, 2017    

    Rikki, I am so sorry for the delay in my response. We’ve been traveling without internet connection much of the time. I encourage you to visit Barb Newman’s website, the CLC Network, and check out her books. She writes about making church accessible to people on the autism spectrum. Here’s the link to her page at the site. From there you can get to all sorts of information. https://clcnetwork.org/staff/barb-newman-2/ Thanks for your comment, and I hope this helps. Jolene

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Jolene Philo is a published author, speaker, wife, and mother of a son with special needs.



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