Presentation on theme: "When God Speaks We Listen Special Needs Ministry"— Presentation transcript:
1 When God Speaks We Listen Special Needs Ministry Grace Place Church
2 Habakkuk 2:2 Write the revelation down on tablets and have a herald run with it. It speaksof the end. And though it may tarry donot stop. For surely it will come to pass.
3 SPM Strategic Outline What is God’s heart towards Special Needs? What ministry are we really in?How is the ministry today? (As Is)Vision (Where we are going)Mission (Why)Core Values (Character)AssumptionsObjectives (Clarify Specific)Strengthens (Leverage)Weaknesses (Correct)Opportunities (Evaluate)Threats (Protect)Critical Success Factors (Top 5)Strategies (How To)Action Plans (Who What When)Measurements( Metrics)Financials ($$$)
4 If wishes were horses beggars would ride.. Plan your work and work your plan.
5 Special Needs Ministry Planning Team Joe and Margaret RyanTJ AndersonBrian and Diana TillmanJoan Handley
7 What is God’s heart towards Special Needs? Throughout scripture God demonstrates compassion and unconditional love. He has a heart for the needy and it is clearly a priority. Out of all the miracles Christ did during His 3 year ministry, 2/3 were for those with special needs.
8 What Are Special Needs? Disabilities Include but not limited to: Any AgeDisabilities Include but not limited to:PhysicalDevelopmentalMentalAutisticSeizuresCerebral Palsy
9 What Ministry Are We In?Minister to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals with special needs and their families including siblings and extended family membersSupport local churches with their special needs ministryCome along side our local community to assist and minister to our special needs neighbors
12 Ministry As Is In-take forms 25 volunteers Respite care once a month Special needs classroomLay leadership in placeStaff positionVBSUnder Children's MinistryLimited awareness of Special Needs
13 VisionGrace Place has a church wide culture where individuals with disabilities are treated as just another member of our church. Special Needs members are exercising their individual gifts and serving the body of Christ and our greater community.
14 MissionTo minister to those with special needs and their families leading them to a deeper relationship with Christ while helping them discover their spiritual gifts.
15 Objectives – FamiliesProvide opportunities for spiritual growth through accessibility to church activities, programs, etc. while meeting physical and emotional needs
16 Objectives- Individuals Member of the bodySpiritualLearning/growthMeet specific needs of specialneeds individuals within ourchurchAcceptedLovedAccessibilityContributing memberDiscover spiritual gifting;Fulfilling their purpose
17 Assumptions People care Pastor Clay supports special needs ministry God is leading and guidingThere are special needs populationThere are people that want to help but don’t know howResources people, facilities and financialVolunteer need trainingSpecial needs individuals part of leadershipPeople will come to know ChristGrowthSuccessfulChallengesNeed prayer teamChrist centered ministryBecome independent ministry within churchOther ministries will cooperate
18 Strengths Holy Spirit Individuals Parents Volunteers Pastor Rick FacilityExperienced mentorsFinancesMomentumEducated peoplePrayer supportWillingnessNetworks
19 WeaknessesCommunication to parents, staff, volunteers, individuals, community-at-largeFacilities: access, clean safety, bathroomProcess: Intake forms, flow etc.Spiritual: prayer, discipleshipRecruiting, training and retaining volunteersIntegrated into all ministries
20 Objectives – Grace Place Church Create prayer teamCome under covering of full-time pastorBe a financial contributor rather than a ministry expense to Lifebridge
21 Opportunities Partner with JAF Partner with school district New facilityPartner with local churchesFinancial resourcesOther agencies
22 THREATS Government Ignorance Liability Satan Losing the fact that this is God’s ministry
23 Critical Factors God’s blessing Prayer support group Education Leadership supportDevoted volunteersStructured flexibilityHuman & financial resourcesBiblically grounded
24 2007 Goals Present Special Needs Ministry Plan Special Needs Awareness WeekendFunfest special needs emphasisExpand ministry to at least 5 new familiesFirst family to JAF family retreatIncrease training for volunteersBroaden ministry beyond children's ministryCommunity out reach to churches and government agenciesNew location inputPot luck dinners
25 StrategyMeet specific needs of special needs individuals within our churchAS-ISChildren under 13/no plan for adultsAccessRoomSHOULD-BEPlan for every individualFacilities: access, clean, safe, sp. needs room, playground, transportation, medicalDiscipleshipFind their place to serveAcceptance/supportVariety of activitiesAdvocate
27 God spoke did we hear him? What are we going to do about it? Special Needs MinistryLifebridge Church
28 Presentation Outline Open with LA Olympic Story Habakkuk 2:2 Luke 14 a table for allBackground met with lay leaders, parents, volunteersWorked a proven process to discover God’s will and direction for the ministrShow plan
29 At the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with relish to run the race to the finish and win.All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy cry.They slowed down and looked back. Then they all turned around and went back......every one of them. One girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, "This will make it better." Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line. Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story.
30 If this story were entirely true; what a perfect picture it would be of how the church should act. The facts are that only two of the other nine racers stopped to help the fallen one.I am sure we like to think that we would be one of those who stopped and helped.What are we really doing with those who are falling around us everyday?Are we as the body of Christ going to stop and help those who have fallen?And if not us who will?
31 Objectives-Community Local; State; National; InternationalAwareness/acceptance; Practical support; Partnership with other groups – publicschools special Education and involvement, other churches; publicity; funding;donations and resources; missions; parks; government; advocacy groups
32 FamiliesAssess where the families are spiritually at potluckEvaluate surveyTake appropriate action.Communicate with pastoral careEveryone in the family has the opportunity to participate.