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In Honor of My Big Sister

By Sandra |

  We lost my big sister Syble on July 24th from undiagnosed gall bladder cancer. She had been sick, but we assumed the doctors would figure out what was going on and she would be back to normal soon. I’d like to share her obituary and the words I shared at her service here so … Read more

Creating ISPs (Individualized Spiritual Plans!) for Students with Special Needs, Learning Disabilities, and Behavioral Diagnoses

By Sandra |

  At our church, our special needs ministry’s goal is to communicate the gospel to every child in a way they understand and in an environment where they feel comfortable. Because every child is unique, we have developed ISPs for each one—individualized spiritual plans! Similar to what the students have at school under their IEPs, our … Read more

Theology of Disability and Ministry Inclusion Reading List

By Sandra |

  (Affiliate links included) Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace by Michael S. Beates Copious Hosting by Jennie Weiss Block Fearfully and Wonderfully by Paul Brand and Philip Yancey Disability: Living into the Diversity of Christ’s Body by Brian Brock Wondrously Wounded: Theology, Disability, and the Body of Christ by … Read more

Disability Ministry Resources

By Sandra |

  My Resources: Sandra Peoples – Special Needs Ministry  Southern Baptist Texas – Special Needs Ministry All Access Conference Houston, Texas SBTC Special Needs Facebook Page Sandra Peoples – Vimeo Websites: KeyMinistry.org  SoarSpecialNeeds.org  AbilityMinistry.com  JoniAndFriends.org 99 Balloons Nathaniel’s Hope The Banquet Network Faith Inclusion Network Conferences: All Access Disability Ministry Conference Feb, Houston Key Ministry … Read more

Three Phases of a Flourishing Disability Ministry: Friendship & Support (Phase 3)

By Sandra |

Eight Outreach Events to Target (and Bless) Special-Needs Families: We see special-needs families as an unreached people group we plan to target. And like missionaries, we are taking the “go and engage” approach instead of just “come and see.” Five Activities to Target Adults with Disabilities: These activity ideas are great for older teens and … Read more

Three Phases of a Flourishing Disability Ministry: Formation (Phase 2)

By Sandra |

How Many Children with Disabilities Should I Expect at a Church My Size? The percentage of children in your community who will need accommodations to be comfortable and successful at your church is likely close to 20% of your total church attendance. Creating ISPs (Individualized Spiritual Plans) for Every Student in Your Special-Needs Ministry Our … Read more

Three Phases of a Flourishing Disability Ministry: Foundation (Phase 1)

By Sandra |

4 Ways to Be a Welcoming Church to Special-Needs Families: I’m confident every church can move from ‘We think people with disabilities would be welcome’ to ‘We know they would be welcome.’ How special needs inclusion changes the culture of the church: When James pulls up a seat at the table and joins them at the … Read more

Our Summer Plans & Priorities // Ep. 068

By Sandra |

This is episode 68, and today I’m talking about our summer plans! I’ll share what each one of us has planned and how we’re making decisions on what our priorities need to be. With the world opening up, we have to be careful not to overextend ourselves in a rush to do all the things … Read more

Supporting Special Needs Siblings // Ep. 67

By Sandra |

  I am a special needs sibling raising a special needs sibling. Encouraging other parents to love and support the typical kids in their families is a passion of mine. So today I’m talking through seven phrases every special needs sibling needs to hear. They apply to every age and stage of development. And I … Read more

Help for Fast and Slow Decision Makers // Ep. 066

By Sandra |

  This is episode 66, and today we’re talking about making decisions. We talk about that a lot here, partly because it’s such a huge part of our lives. And as I’ve talked with my husband Lee and other friends about the decisions they make and how they make those decisions, I’ve noticed we all … Read more

Going First in Friendship // Ep. 65

By Sandra |

There are extra barriers for caregivers in friendship. But to have the kinds of friendships you want, you have to be the kind of friend you want. And that may mean you go first. We’re going to talk about going first in three ways that will strengthen your friendships! Quick Links: April’s self care newsletter … Read more

How to Heal from Being Hurt by the Church, with Pastor Lee Peoples // Ep. 064

By Sandra |

  Today I’m joined by my pastor/husband to discuss being hurt by the church. We talk through three situations we’ve experienced from one side or the other: having a conflict with another church member, being hurt by the staff or leaders in a church, and leaving a church in a healthy way. We have been … Read more