How to Structure Small Groups for Your Ministry 

How to Structure Small Groups for Your Ministry 

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is, “How do I structure my small groups?” I find that some ministry leaders have a hard time getting their head around the change from a Sunday School classroom to a Small Group structure, or they simply believe that they are one and the same. Let me clarify: Grades grouped together do not equal small groups. If your church is small and the kids are consistent, they may seem like small groups, but in most churches an intentional small group is... Read More
Including Teens and Adults with Special Needs

Including Teens and Adults with Special Needs

by Amy Fenton Lee We’ve all seen the climbing statistics of children being diagnosed with autism. And we know that those kids turn into teens, who should also experience inclusion inside the church. But the social and spiritual needs of older students are often different than young children. At last week’s Orange Conference, Katie Garvert shared how the special needs ministry and the youth ministry at her church partner to offer a “Sticky Faith” approach to teen inclusion. Below are key... Read More
Autism and the Church

Autism and the Church

Have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he had red hair? What if a mother was greeted at the children’s ministry check-in with news her redheaded son had to go back home? No, you can’t imagine. If any church ever sent home a child because of their natural hair color it would make the evening news! Now, have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he was on the autism spectrum? What if a mother was greeted at church check-in with the news... Read More
5 Tips for Parent Support Groups

5 Tips for Parent Support Groups

This past fall, I had the opportunity to visit Church of the Resurrection’s Matthew’s Ministry in Kansas City. If you follow The Inclusive Church on Facebook, you may have caught a few photos from my October 22nd tour. Let me introduce you to Matthew’s Ministry Director, Jennifer Ross. Without knowing it, Jennifer is one of your heroes. I wouldn’t have any information to share on this blog if it weren’t for the handful of special needs ministry leaders who worked... Read More
Amy Fenton Lee Takes Over Orange Leaders for the Day!

Amy Fenton Lee Takes Over Orange Leaders for the Day!

If you follow the Orange Leaders’ accounts on social media, you may notice a familiar voice posting and spreading Orange information today. That’s because we’ve been taken over by Amy Fenton Lee on Facebook and Twitter! Throughout the day, you’ll be able to interact with Amy, ask questions, share stories, get information and learn more about the Special Needs Track at the 2014 Orange Conference. Amy Fenton Lee is the Director of Special Needs Initiatives for The reThink Group. Amy is the... Read More