Monday, November 12, 2012
FAVORITE VERSES SERIES: The Inclusion Fusion Edition
But encourage each other every day while it is “today.”[a] Help each other so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you.
HEBREWS 3:13, NCV
This week's memory verse has a VERY special event attached to it -- the second annual Inclusion Fusion Special Needs Ministry Web Conference, presented by Key Ministry and Pajama Conference.com. How does it relate to our memory verse this week? This conference is a LIVING example of how we can "encourage each other while it is still called today." It can be accessed at your convenience right from your own home computer.
The conference does so, first of all, by encouraging one another in the wider Body of Christ to treat the least of God's children in a way that would be pleasing to Him. The theme for this years conference is, "Why Disability Ministry?" The nearly 3 dozen speakers will afford you the opportunity to listen throughout the week to the various reasons and ways God is calling all of us to incorporate outreach to those who struggle to attend church with the same ease as "typical" population. From the theology of disability, to removing the fear in ministering to those with special needs, to moving from inclusion to partnership, so many of the topics will help us as Christians to spur one another on, avoiding how sin can harden us as people.
Second, those living with a special need in the family will be encouraged by knowing that there are Christians who care deeply about their situation. Whether it be engaged professionals or those who have walked more-than-a-mile in the special needs shoes, every presenter has a deep passion for serving others, drawing them into the Body of Christ. Messages will range from grief in special needs parenting, to why families like ours should be drawn into churches, to addressing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in kids with special needs. The full list of presentations is listed at the Church 4 Every Child blog.
The bottom line to this week's "Favorite Verse" is that whether it be attending Inclusion Fusion or any of the many other ways we can cheer one another on to keep walking by faith, we all need that edification in order to keep from slipping into discouragement, disgust or irritability. Our ministry is to be both to outsiders AND to one another. Take hold of an excellent example of that refreshment this week through Inclusion Fusion, and be sure to pass it on to another.
PRAY: Lord, may I be encouraged to be Your encouragement to another person this week.
A preview of my presentation, MAKING THE CASE FOR MENTORS, can be accessed at Church 4 Every Child in my interview with friend and colleague, Dr. Steve Grcevich. I look forward to hearing from you!