One God, One Hope, One Body…March 28 #oneconference328

ONE ConferenceChristians profess ONE God, ONE Hope, ONE Body, yet we divide ourselves in many ways. On March 28, church leaders, Sunday school teachers, children’s ministry leaders, and people affected by disability will learn ways for the body of Christ not only to include but to engage members who have various disabilities.

While no one from our core Key Ministry team will be present in Glendale, AZ or Temecula or Ripon, CA, some of our friends are putting on a very cool conference spanning three cities and two states on Saturday, March 28th that we encourage our friends in the Southwest to attend.

Rev. Mark Stephenson and his team at Disability Concerns, the disability ministry arm of the Christian Reformed Church have put together One, a cutting-edge conference involving technology and live presenters at three different conference sites.

481-EmilyColsonMax.jpgKeynote speaker Emily Colson, author of Dancing with Max, will speak on “Come One, Come All.” God’s design for the church is unity—every unique member of the body bringing gifts and belonging to one another. Through life with Max, her 24-year-old son with autism, Emily will share how that design can be lived out so that churches become greater witnesses in the community.

Colson’s address will be offered live in Temecula and via livestream in Ripon and Glendale.

avatar-1.jpg.320x320pxEach location will have different speakers and breakout sessions (schedule available here), but we would call your attention to breakouts by Mike Dobes, Church Relations Supervisor of Joni and Friends at the Temecula site.

One will take place at First Southern Baptist Church, 10250 North 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85302, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave. Ripon, CA 95366 and Rancho Community Church, 31300 Rancho Community Way, Temecula, CA 92592.

For more information and to register now, visit www.disabilityconference.org. Cost includes lunch: $49 for a single registration and $39 per person if more than one person registers from the same church. Limited scholarships are available, but please check with your church first for assistance.

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KM Logo UpdatedKey Ministry has assembled resources to help churches more effectively minister to children and adults with ADHD, anxiety disorders, Asperger’s Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, depression and trauma. Please share our resources with any pastors, church staff, volunteers or families looking to learn more about the influence these conditions can exert upon spiritual development in kids, and what churches can do to help!

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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