Walk Right In Ministries has the privilege of working in collaboration with pastors and leaders around the world who are strengthening the church with people of all abilities.
Statistically, we have a long way to go in experiencing churches and a culture that effectively reflect the heart of Christ about people with disabilities. According to recent studies*, 56% of families have kept their child from religious activities due to a lack of support. People with disabilities are reportedly the world’s largest unreached group of people. Forty-six percent of American families say they have never been asked by a faith leader about how to include their child. Still, remarkable progress has been made.
These are exciting days in the disability ministry movement!
Not since Joni Eareckson Tada first started Joni & Friends in 1979 has there been such a notable season of growth involving awareness and resources devoted to bringing the Gospel to people affected by disabilities and their families. Thanks be to God, the inspiring work that Joni started 40 years ago has grown tremendous momentum. Walk Right In Ministries is a proud and grateful Ministry Affiliate of Joni & Friends.
In January 2013, Walk Right In Ministries hosted the first meeting of the Minnesota Disability Ministry Connection. Today, that group meets monthly in the Twin Cities and includes an online network of hundreds of pastors and leaders throughout the nation to connect, learn and strengthen the Church together.
With increasing frequency around the country, leaders are interacting in interdenominational groups to help people of all abilities encounter Christ and experience belonging in the church. Walk Right In Ministries is privileged to be part of this growing community empowering people affected by disabilities with the Gospel, promoting a biblical worldview on disability and multiplying disability-effective churches. Learn more about nationwide leader and pastor networking opportunities here.
THERE ARE RICH OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERY CHURCH THAT FULLY EMBRACES INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES EFFECTED BY DISABILITY AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS.
*Whitehead, AL. Religion and Disability. 2018.
**Ault, MJ Congregational Participation and Supports for Children and Adults with Disabilities. 2013.