There’s so much to check out with Inclusion Fusion…allow me as your Program Chair to make some suggestions as to how to approach Day Two.
If you’re just beginning to check out the conference, a great place to start would be Chuck Swindoll’s brief Keynote Address…Challenges…Choosing What You Will Do With Them as well as Part One and Part Two of Katie Wetherbee’s interview with Chuck and his daughter, Colleen. We’re blessed to have a leader in the church of Chuck’s wisdom and prominence with the ability and willingness to articulate the importance of including persons with special needs and their families.
Libby Peterson’s efforts to serve families who had adopted kids with special needs was foundational in the development of Key Ministry. She’s speaking on the topic Relational Respite-A “Go To Them” Approach. Libby has developed an approach for respite outreach that can be adopted by churches of any size in an outwardly-focused model that promotes full inclusion of families touched by disability in the social fabric of the church.
Shannon Dingle will be available in the live chat at 8:00 PM…She did two presentations for Inclusion Fusion…Common Misperceptions about Special Needs Ministry and Disability, the Sanctity of Life and the Church. Her talk on the sanctity of live is provocative, controversial, and IMHO, critically important in light of the changes we’re likely to experience in healthcare access and delivery in coming years. One reason for doing Inclusion Fusion is that we need to be able to “disagree agreeably.” I’d encourage you to take up your disagreements in the chat with Shannon tonight.
I’ll be doing several more posts between now and Monday looking at presentations of interest to parents and caregivers, to children’s pastors and committed volunteers and folks with a primary calling to disability ministry.
Click here for today’s live chat schedule. Click here to download speaker Power Point presentations and handouts.
INCLUSION FUSION NOW EXTENDED THROUGH MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7th! Chuck Swindoll and more than twenty-five ministry leaders are coming together on November 3rd-7th as part of a Special Needs Ministry Web Summit for church staff, volunteers, family members and caregivers everywhere. Inclusion Fusion is a Key Ministry event, presented FREE OF CHARGE with the support of Pajama Conference. Register here for the Summit!