I would like to make our church more accessible.

Disability friendly churchQ: I am a pastor and I would like to make our church more accessible to people with disabilities.

A: We are so pleased to hear about churches moving in this direction! Although very important, this is not just about accessibility. It is also about fostering a welcoming community for those with disabilities, becoming educated and aware of how to help. Joni and Friends offers some great resources for pastors and church leaders. We highly recommend you join us for a Beyond Suffering course, which prepares community and ministry leaders to become more actively involved in ministry to the disabled. We’d like to draw your attention to a book in our Joni and Friends store, Including People in Faith Communities. This book will equip both adults and children to welcome people with disabilities into your congregation. Friendship Ministries, focusing on ministering to individuals with intellectual disabilities, and Nathaniel’s Hope, ministering to children with special needs, offer two great models of disability ministry. Lastly, connect with a Joni and Friends Area Ministry near you. They will be thrilled to hear from you, connect you with other congregations who are like-minded, and support you in your efforts to welcome people with disabilities into your congregation.