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Special Needs Workshops and Orange Tour Registration

August 14, 2013


I’ll be leading special needs ministry breakouts on the following Orange Tour stops:

Los Angeles

September 20th

Glenkirch Church – Glendora


October 8th

Worship Center – Lancaster

Kansas City

October 22nd

Westside Family Church – Lenexa


November 5th

Gateway Church – McNeil Campus


November 8th

Preston Trail – Frisco

The Orange Tour is a one-day event designed for church leaders and volunteers but open to anyone.  The event lasts 9:30am – 4:30pm.  I’ll be leading the following workshops during the breakout sessions:

Morning Breakout:  Creating a Special Needs Friendly Environment

Every kid needs a tribe, including the child with learning differences or disability.  We’ll talk about how a church can appropriately respond to the discovery of a special needs situation all the way through to crafting an accommodation plan.  Ideas will be shared for creating an inclusive environment, determining appropriate placement, and developing success strategies for the volunteers.  We’ll also offer practical tips for small group leaders to help facilitate the spiritual formation of students with learning differences.

Afternoon Breakout:  Caring for Families Impacted by Special Needs 

Learning that a child has a disability is a critical moment in the life of a family.  And how a ministry team responds determines the level of influence the church has inside that family.  Together, we’ll talk about how small group leaders and church staff can surround the family in love, ensuring they have a place to belong inside the church.  We’ll share insights related to:

  • Choosing words that convey acceptance and love
  • Understanding the journey unique to autism
  • Praying with sensitivity to the issue healing and disability
  • Navigating controversial subjects within the special needs community
  • Creating a culture of acceptance


For more information about the 11/7/13 tour of Stonebriar Community Church’s special needs ministry suite and the Dallas networking event, see this post.

From today until Wednesday, August 21st, Orange is offering a $49 flat rate Orange Tour ticket price exclusively to The Inclusive Church’s readers.  When you checkout, use the code OT13SPNEEDS49 to receive the $49 registration rate.  NOTE:  Discount does not apply to previously purchased registrations.

For more information about the 2013 Orange Tour, see the following links: Locations | Pricing |  One-Day Schedule |  Registration

From → Conferences

  1. Do you know if someone else will be leading this workshop in your absence at the other locations, specifically Indianapolis?

  2. Hi Allison –
    There will only be special needs workshops at the Orange Tour stop locations listed in this post. I loved being in Indianapolis last year and am sad not to be returning this year. I’ll make Indy a goal for 2014! ~ Amy

  3. Wish there was a Michigan one!

  4. Hi Amy, I am so looking forward to seeing you again. I can’t wait to sit in on your sessions.

    Dionne McCloud
    WoodsEdge Church
    The Woodlands, Tx

  5. Amy, I will see you in Austin.

  6. Dionne — I’m looking forward to seeing you again as well. So excited you are able to make the drive up to Austin for Orange Tour. I think we’re going to have a great group of special needs ministry leaders in Austin! ~ Amy

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