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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

The Why Behind Hobbies // Ep. 063

By Sandra |

  This is episode 63, and we’re talking about why hobbies are fun. I know that as an abiding caregiver, lots of things in your life probably feel hard. That’s why it may be even more important for you to have a hobby, something that feels fun. In this episode, I’m not going to tell … Read more

Spring Cleaning Challenge // Ep. 62

By Sandra |

  This is episode 62, and I’m actually super excited to talk about spring cleaning! I thought it would be fun to do a little spring-cleaning challenge that you can join me for this week or save it for a week when you’re feeling springy! We’re going to set up a few little things that … Read more

Read, Watch, Listen Recommendations // Ep. 061

By Sandra |

This is episode 61, and I’m sharing my read, watch, and listen recommendations from the winter! Can you believe spring starts next week? I’m so excited for it. I feel so much hope for the new season and what’s to come. I thought it would be fun to share my favorites from the last few … Read more

Changes Coming to Churches in 2021 That Will Affect Special-Needs Families // Ep. 60

By Sandra |

    My day job is serving my state convention as their special needs ministry consultant. Every day I’m talking to churches about how to start or strengthen their disability ministries so every family has access to the gospel and a church home. In that role and at my own church where I serve as … Read more