The Front Door…Online Church For Families Impacted By Disabilities

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And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Luke 11:9-10 (ESV)

Our team at Key Ministry is honored to welcome you at The Front Door.

The Front Door is an exploration of the use of technology to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with families impacted by disability.

We believe The Front Door represents a new expression of Christian community…an online extension of the local church through which children and families may be introduced to Jesus Christ via technology in environments chosen by their parents and caregivers at times of the day when families impacted by disability may be more receptive to teaching and discipleship.

We know that very real barriers to church attendance exist for families impacted by all disabilities. While we at Key Ministry are uniquely focused on helping kids, teens and families impacted by mental illness, trauma and developmental disabilities to overcome the obstacles that exist to full participation in the life of the church, The Front Door is intended to be a resource for local churches to reach out to families impacted by the full range of disabilities and bridge the barriers that prevent families impacted by disability from being full participants in the life of the local church.

The Front Door is not designed as a substitute for “bricks and mortar” church…it represents a strategy to connect families impacted by disability with churches in their region prepared to welcome and include them. The Front Door is intended to serve as a catalyst to families worshiping in the physical presence of other Christ-followers and experiencing the ministry of a local church.

We intend for the Front Door to be a reflection of the DNA of Key Ministry as well as the DNA of our partner churches. We seek to provide the families joining us and our partner churches at The Front Door an experience that is…

  • Highly relational
  • Grounded in ministry to families
  • Innovative, collaborative and generous
  • Supportive of churches called to connect with families impacted by disability in their home regions

We intend (through our partner churches) to offer more than simply the ability to attend worship services online. We seek to help families…

  • Connect online to churches with a physical presence in their home regions.
  • Provide online worship and online community to teens, facilitated by carefully screened pastors and experienced church volunteers.
  • Offer many opportunities for participation in highly interactive online groups.
  • Identify service opportunities for kids and parents to use their gifts and talents in the service of Jesus’ Kingdom.
  • Share resources with parents to support them as they seek to raise their children in the faith.
  • Create opportunities for adult education, book studies and topical Bible studies of areas of special interest to families impacted by disability.
  • Initiate individual and group opportunities for prayer.
  • Make personal connections with individuals and families who can help facilitate their inclusion in the life of the local church.

578524_10151266419728410_502320352_nWe’re honored on this Easter Weekend to collaborate with Community Bible Church in San Antonio, Texas in launching our first Front Door “campus.” We’re grateful to the staff at CBC for their willingness to work together with us on this project. We’re especially grateful to Nils Smith, the visionary online pastor of CBC for helping to make The Front Door a reality. The content of the Easter worship services presented this weekend will originate from CBC.

You or your friends may worship with us at scheduled times over Easter weekend by visiting the CBC Front Door campus at http://go.mediasocial.tv/cbcfrontdoor. Log in through Facebook or Twitter to chat with our worship hosts or post prayer requests. You’ll also have opportunities to explore current small group opportunities available through CBC.

We’ll be updating our worship schedule and adding services as the weekend progresses. Here’s the current schedule (all times Eastern)…

Thursday, April 17th: 10:00 PM, 11:00 PM (9:00PM and 10:00PM Central)

Friday, April 18th: 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM Eastern

Saturday, April 19th: 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM Eastern

Sunday, April 20th: 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM, 11 PM

We at Key Ministry very much appreciate your prayers and encouragement as we embark upon this new adventure. We know that in order to reach people no one else is reaching, we’ll have to try stuff no one else is trying. If you’re praying for us or have a word of encouragement to share, can you leave us a message below or on our Facebook Page? Most of all, can you help us by sharing the links we’ll be posting to our worship services and group activities with families who need to experience the love of Jesus Christ?

In His Service,

The Key Ministry team

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:9-11 (ESV)

Worship schedule most recently updated Friday, April 18th, 5:25 PM Eastern Time.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, www.church4everychild.org was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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2 Responses to The Front Door…Online Church For Families Impacted By Disabilities

  1. Pingback: Easter: It’s All in the Seeking | Special Needs Parenting

  2. Jennifer Anderson says:

    What a wonderful ministry. I have one child with severe disabilities and two other children with minor disabilities (one on the autistic spectrum coupled with ADHD and a daughter diagnosed with OCD) and it does make church going a challenge. I, myself, sufffer from Bipolar Syndrom and ADHD. I have yet to really look into all that you do, but it’s nice that someone out there is considering families like mine that have challenges in this area.

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