"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2 ESV).
On July 26, 1989, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law for people with disabilities (amended in January 2009). The Act defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.” In 1995 at its World Session in Utrecht, The Netherlands, the Seventh-day Adventist Church voted to establish programs to support and witness to people with disabilities through all levels of the organization: administrative offices, unions, conferences, and the local church. Each local church is encouraged to support, encourage, empower, and provide resources for people with disabilities for worship, study, leadership and evangelism.
To live Christ’s model of reaching and nurturing all people, and to promote full inclusion of adults and children with disabilities into God’s family.
HOW WE SERVE
At Atlanta Boulevard, the Disabilities Ministries Department serves people with disabilities by:
Monitoring physical access to the church facilities and functions, and recommending ways to help make the church fully accessible to people with disabilities.
Educating and training members about the impact that physical and mental/emotional disabilities can have on individuals and families.
Advising and collaborating with other ministries in the church to recognize the spiritual gifts of members who have disabilities and to help them become active participants in the life of the church with full access to study, service, leadership, and evangelism.
Providing social support connections (phone calls and drive-by checkups).
Seventh-day Adventist Disabilities Ministries
General Conference Possibilities Ministries – www.possibilityministries.org
North-American Division Disabilities Ministries – www.nadadventist.org/departments/disabilities-ministries
Christian Record Service – www.christianrecord.org
Three Angels Deaf Ministries – www.3adm.org
Southern Union Deaf Fellowship – www.deafchurchonline.org
Additional Disabilities Ministries Organizations/Churches
Ability Ministry – www.abilityministry.com
Developmental Disabilities Ministries – www.ddmga.org
Joni and Friends – www.joniandfriends.org
Key Ministry – www.keyministry.org
Mental Health Ministries – www.mentalhealthministries.net
National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health – www.ffcmh.org
Mental Health Grace Alliance – www.mentalhealthgracealliance.org
Fresh Hope Mental Health – www.freshhope.us
Disability and the Gospel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a64h-e-xTIQ
Joni and Friends Welcome to the Church Training Series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOguNeLUWfA
Disability and the Bible – Disability Ministry Training Resource - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z95OMYS79rA
TROUBLED MINDS: RESPONDINGTO MENTAL ILLNESS
Nearly 1 billion people around the world live with disabilities.
Many of these individuals and their families live in poverty, pain, and despair.
Together we can change this.
We envision a world where every person with a disability finds hope,
dignity, and their place in the body of Christ.