Leader Networking Opportunities


In whatever ways you get connected outside your church, being intentional about networking with other leaders and pastors in disability ministry has personal and professional advantages as well as benefits for those you serve.

Leaders around the country are interacting in interdenominational groups to help people of all abilities encounter Christ and experience belonging in the church. Some groups connect through online discussions (e.g., Facebook Groups), some meet up in person from time to time and some combine online connection with live meetings.

If you are part of a group you do not see listed here, we would love to help others find you! Please contact us with the name of your group and a link to your website or Facebook page.


MINNESOTA’S DISABLITY MINISTRY CONNECTION

The Minnesota Disability Ministry Connection encourages collaboration. We welcome and appreciate input from leaders around the world while focusing on ministry within Minnesota and the surrounding region. Find us on Facebook!


OTHER LOCAL & NATIONWIDE NETWORKS

Individual denominations nationwide can often be a helpful connection point for leaders and pastors looking for information, ideas or support. Examples of these networks include the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, The Evangelical Covenant Church and The National Catholic Partnership on Disability. Check with your denominational offices for resources and networking opportunities.

One of the nation’s premiere networks is the Special Needs & Disability Ministry Leaders Forum, founded and moderated by Key Ministry. It is a private Facebook group that connects nearly 1,500 leaders from around the world to share support and ideas.

Key Ministry’s monthly online Video Roundtable is another wonderful way to get to know pastors and disability ministry leaders on a national scale while learning more about hot topics and trends in disability ministry.

Joni & Friends International offers Church Engagement Resources and The Christian Institute on Disability with many free resources available online.

Faith Inclusion Network (VA)

Minnesota Disability Ministry Connection

Special Needs Ministry Network of Des Moines (IA)

Northeast Ohio Special Needs Ministry Leaders Consortium

Southern California Disability Ministry Network

Kansas City Special Needs Ministry Network

Nebraska Special Needs Ministry Network

North Texas Disability Ministry Network

NW Church Disability Network (Seattle)

Special Needs Ministry Network of North Texas

Wisconsin Christian Disability Network for Churches


Don’t wait for more reasons to get connected. Start today!

  • Encourage one another and spur each other on.
  • Learn about resources.
  • Share and test ideas.
  • Get answers to questions.
  • Identify best practices.
  • Collaborate with other ministries to optimize resources.
  • Be alert to future career opportunities and make opportunities known to others.
  • Promote awareness in your community.
  • Pray for each other and with each other.
  • Explore together ways of making Christ known to all.

Read more about reasons for networking with peers in disability ministry.