A special night ahead…

Colleen, Joni, KenOur team has been thrilled with the overwhelming response we received to the first day of Inclusion Fusion 2014! We’ve had nearly 500 pastors, church staff, volunteers and family members register thus far, with an entire evening and all day tomorrow yet to go! People are making connections and discovering some of the fabulous resources God is developing to respond to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disability.

Since our mission from the very beginning of our organization was to help families impacted by disability be part of church, we wanted an opportunity to worship together as part of this year’s Inclusion Fusion, and offer those attending the Web Summit an opportunity to invite those they know who have been unable to attend church to join us.

Tonight at 9:00 PM Eastern, we’ve created just such an opportunity!

We have a special service with music from our Key Ministry worship team and a fabulous message from Jeff Davidson, one of our speakers for this year’s conference. Here’s an introduction to Jeff’s message tonight…

Why is God silent when you so need to experience His presence? Do you wonder if God has turned his back on you forever?

Every person who God used to achieve great things in the Bible experienced times when they feared that God was absent and times when they were wounded deeply.

Jeff Davidson looks at six things we can do when our lives are a mess and it seems to us that God is silent in his message for tonight’s Front Door online church service.

For tonight’s worship service (and subsequent surprise), no password or registration will be required so that we can make it as easy as possible for families impacted by disability to attend!

305439_281913901831715_1114988045_nAs many of you are aware, we were actively promoting a special guest appearance by Chuck and Colleen Swindoll-Thompson as part of this year’s Web Summit. Chuck did a fabulous job as our first Keynote speaker and over the past few years, his daughter Colleen has built a remarkable ministry to families impacted by special needs through Insight for Living.

We received a MAGNIFICENT video last week from the folks at Insight for Living…so magnificent in fact that the size of the video file was greater than our software could support and greater than our video production team could manage.

Because of these unforeseen technical difficulties, everyone who registered for Inclusion Fusion 2014 will receive a special invitation to view the planned presentation from Chuck Swindoll, Colleen Swindoll-Thompson and Steve Fischer (accompanied by a chat hosted by Colleen) at a future date (anticipated: January-February 2015).

Chuck, Colleen and the folks at Insight have really gone the extra mile to help support Inclusion Fusion this year! We made arrangements for a special presentation tonight after our Front Door worship service with Jeff Davidson.

We’re going to be sharing (approximately 9:55 Eastern time) a video interview Colleen conducted recently with Joni and Ken Tada. In the interview, Colleen has the opportunity to ask in-depth questions of Joni and Ken about faith, disability, caregiving, marriage and the Beyond Suffering course developed by Joni and Friends to equip leaders of all backgrounds for disability ministry. Technology permitting, we may have additional surprises to share as well.

Please…invite any families you know who have been unable to “do church” to join us online for worship at 9:00 PM Eastern, 6:00 Pacific tonight for worship, immediately followed by Colleen Swindoll-Thompson’s interview of Joni and Ken Tada!

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Website screen shotKey Ministry is pleased to invite you to check out our new website. Over 180 downloadable resources are available to pastors, church staff and volunteers seeking to serve kids with disabilities and their families, including all Inclusion Fusion presentations from our first two Web Summits are available with FREE registration. Check out keyministry.org today and share the link with others interested in welcoming kids with disabilities and their families at church.

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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