Special Needs Kidmin Radio Show & Other Blog Updates
CMConnect Radio Show on Special Needs
Starting Monday, March 21st at 1pm Eastern
Michael Chanley recognizes the huge need for special needs education from within the family & children’s ministry community. Michael has invited two other children’s ministry/special needs experts and myself to launch the Special Needs Kidmin Hour on Mondays from 1pm to 2pm Eastern time through CMConnect.org’s Blog Talk Radio. Our first show will be Monday, March 21st at 1pm. I’m thrilled to have two co-hosts who together bring tremendous knowledge in the area of children’s ministry and special needs inclusion. The three of us (plus Mr. Chanley himself) will rotate the responsibility for hosting the weekly show. Here’s the scoop on the two other Special Needs Kidmin Hosts:
Kristy Moser is the Director of Early Childhood with Crosstown Children’s Ministry at Montgomery Community Church in Cincinnati, OH. Kristy is also responsible for overseeing Montgomery Community Church’s special needs inclusion ministry. Currently MCC has 25 children participating in their children’s ministry programming who have identified special needs or learning differences.
Katie Garvert is the Access Ministries Coordinator for Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, CO. Woodmen Valley Chapel currently serves 70 individuals affected by special needs, many with autism spectrum disorder. Katie has helped Woodmen Valley Chapel establish special needs inclusion programming and parent support events for this multi site church. She is also responsible for overseeing the church’s deaf ministry. Prior to joining the Woodmen Valley team four years ago, Katie was a special education teacher in the public schools system.
Our host team is aiming to cover show topics:
- Starting a Special Needs Inclusion Ministry
- Space Planning with Special Needs in Mind
- Mentoring Volunteers & Parents; Starting Parent Support Groups
- Special Needs Curriculum
- Recruiting and Developing Parents as Ministry Partners
- Recruiting Special Needs Volunteers
- VBS & Special Needs
- Advancing the Spiritual Growth of the Child with Hidden Disabilities
- Teaching Techniques for the Child with Special Needs
- Launching a Respite Ministry
- Pre-teens and Teens with Hidden Disability
- Autism and Risk Management
- Behavior Management Strategies
- Teaching Volunteers Disability Etiquette
- Using Teens Helpers in Special Needs Ministry
This coming week I’ll be leading one workshop and another special needs Q&A forum at the Children’s Pastor’s Conference in San Diego. If you or anyone from your church will be at the San Diego CPC, please leave a comment here or on The Inclusive Church’s Facebook page. We have a great panel for the Special Needs Q&A forum and if you have any specific challenges you want to work through, this forum is for you. Several of us will be on hand to answer one-on-one questions.
Blog “Housekeeping” and a Personal Note
It is an understatement to say that I am THRILLED when I find links back to my blog or references to my material on other websites. However, researching and writing for this blog and all my writing comes at a notable personal cost. I am investigating ideas for creating an income stream to fuel this endeavor, as I currently do not financially break even in this “ministry”. Looking forward, the best hope I have to sustaining this ministry is tied to my blog’s site traffic while also receiving proper credit and payment from other organizations where I contribute content. It is for these reasons that I respectfully ask this blog’s loyal readers to…
1) Help me “spread the word” about this blog! If you haven’t already, check out our Facebook page! Please feel free to list this blog and provide a link on any website where this blog’s content may be helpful. You don’t have to ask for permission.
2) Provide credit and links back to this blog, all within the guidelines of the “Rules for Repost“. If you have a specific content need for your own website, ministry, or publication, I welcome a conversation. I recognize that many of you also work for little or no pay and are called to serve children and families affected by disability. However when content is taken from this site without links and proper credit or when an entire post is reposted in full to another website (and without permission), this ministry loses the opportunity to increase site traffic.
Grateful to you and for you…
Amy Fenton Lee