Jesus wants His church to have open doors, welcoming all people to worship. But for America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities, those doors can lead to barriers — barriers of architecture, communication and attitude. People with disabilities long to be connected to the Body of Christ. They have gifts and talents to share.
People with disabilities are less likely to be in worship and participate in the life of the congregation because of physical and attitudinal barriers, concerns about rejection or neglect, or the simple fact that people have not asked them to participate in worship, Bible study, fellowship and service.
The LCMS provides many Disabilities Ministry resources that can help you welcome all people to worship, regardless of physical, mental or developmental ability.
"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." - 1 Cor 12:27
Resources for Ministry
The LCMS task force that addressed ministry to people with disabilities assembled a variety of resources that can be used to increase awareness in a congregational setting.
"One Body, Many Parts" - People with disabilities long to be connected to the Body of Christ. They have gifts and talents to share.
One Body, Many Parts Video
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In this video, learn about people with disabilities and how they long to be connected to the body of Christ. They also have gifts and talents to share.
Specialized Ministries Information Sheets
Outreach to people who are blind
Outreach to people who are deaf
Outreach to people with Developmental Disabilities
Outreach to people with mental illness
The Theology of the Cross by Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr.
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Outreach to people with challenges to their mobility
Congregational Disabilities Ministry Assessment Tool
"Think About ... The Body of Christ"
Helpful apps for people with disabilities
LCMS Disability Task Force Speakers Bureau
Reading Suggestions for people with disabilities
- The LCMS Northwest District has produced disability awareness resources.
- Worship for Shut-Ins produces a national weekly television program that ministers to the homebound, nursing care centers, the hospitalized and those recovering from illness.
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