"Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2 ESV).

THE HISTORY

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.

 

OUR MISSION

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).

 

RESOURCES

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

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

 

Videos

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

Disabilities Ministries

 

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