Messy Church
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Messy Church

I recently heard that Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, OH was holding a “Messy Church” service. I was instantly drawn to it because of the name even though I didn’t know what all was involved. Messiness, or real life, seems to be intentionally programmed out of most church services. Churches want to remove...

Knowing is Half the Battle
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Knowing is Half the Battle

Ryan WolfeIt is Ryan’s passion to equip and empower churches, organizations, and individuals to reach their disability communities for Jesus. Ryan, Director of Program Development, comes to Ability Ministry with 15+ years of ministry experience. He previously worked at First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio as their full-time Disability Pastor. He also worked as a...

Finding, Belonging, Together: The Vision of Ability Ministry
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Finding, Belonging, Together: The Vision of Ability Ministry

On the front page of our website, on conference displays, and on the front of our business cards you will consistently find the following three words: Finding, Belonging, Together. If you are reading this page you are probably curious as to what these words are all about. These three words represent the Vision of Ability...

How Inclusion Can Have a Global Impact
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How Inclusion Can Have a Global Impact

Above: Jason wife, Gina, and their oldest daughter Lauren, going over their position at the volunteer packaging station. Just recently, our church announced a goal of packing 1,000,000 meals for refugees in Africa as a part of the Famine Relief Food Pack Event. Our family quickly jumped on this opportunity, signing up for one of...

Reaching Near
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Reaching Near

Ministry and reaching people has always felt as if it were something that were out of reach for me.  What I mean is, you can’t truly witness and make a difference unless you travel several days to a third world country and spend 3 weeks there, right? Or I cannot impact the life of another...

A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 5 of 5)
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 5 of 5)

After reading the last four blogs in this series, you may be able to identify what approach your church or ministry currently embraces. You may even have a better idea of what some of your deficits are. But when you want to make a philosophical shift in your approach to disability ministry, the big question...

Meet Debbie: The newest family member at New Hope
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Meet Debbie: The newest family member at New Hope

Here is the story about Debbie, one of our newest residents at New Hope in Versailles, MO.  To say that her life has changed dramatically in the past few months would be an understatement. Through the entire process of her joining our family, it was evident that God was at work and we are forever...

A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 4 of 5)
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 4 of 5)

When my son was three, I clearly remember how excited he was to leave his highchair and sit in an adult-sized chair at the dinner table. Sure, he had to use a booster seat, but he was proud to have graduated to a “big chair” like his parents. My daughter, Zoe, however, was not quite...

A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 3 of 5)
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 3 of 5)

Before my sixteenth birthday, I vividly remember sitting behind the wheel of my family’s Ford Taurus. We were in the McDonald’s parking lot just a few blocks from our home. At this point, I had received no formal instructions on how to drive, but my father wanted to give me a taste of what it...

A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 2 of 5)
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A Philosophical Shift to Disability Ministry (Part 2 of 5)

Growing up at First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio, there was a culture of competition fueled by our Bible Bowl program. This program was a Bible-based academic challenge, and it was a big part of my life through my teen years until I decided to leave the program to focus on high school sports. After...

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