Join the Accessibility Sunday Network!
Once a year every church can host an annual ACCESSIBILITY SUNDAY worship service for their community. The Abilities Ministries provides promotional and logistical support to churches in order to bring greater awareness towards our responsibility to invite and include people with disabilities within the whole community and church. When your church registers in our Accessibility Sunday Network your church will be endorsed and promoted through one of the largest accessibility networks in North America. The Abilities Ministries served as the official host of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities for the Greater Toronto Area for several years. Our events represented one of the largest gatherings of accessibility organizations and people with disabilities from across the GTA and was endorsed by all levels of government. Accessibility Sundays at partnering churches has replaced our Dec 3rd Tribute event and is now the new celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities that the Abilities Ministries is endorsing and promoting within the whole accessibility community.
Churches with and without disability ministries would greatly benefit from being connected together through our extensive accessibility network. We are stronger together as the Body of Christ when our unity is based on the heart and love of Jesus for the weaker members of His Body.
2 Ways to Participate:
1. Full Accessibility Service: Officially host an annual "Accessibility Sunday" worship service on the Sunday before or after Dec 3rd, which is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
2 Partiial Event Acknowledgment: Make an announcment as part of your service that acknowledges Dec 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and our social and Scriptural responsbiility to "Invite, bring and compel people with disabilities to come to God's House". Luke 14
3. Video Clip: We recommend that you show this brief video clip on "Disability and the Gospel" during your service:
How to get started!
1. Decide on the date for your annual Accessibility Sunday Worship Service. We would recommend the Sunday before or after Dec 3rd (The International Day of Persons with Disabilities).
2. Your pastor or guest speaker should bring a message related to the topic of "The Bible and Disability". Also your worship music should reflect your theme.
3. Have one or two people with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities within your congregation give a brief testimony during your service. Optional: Book guest speakers, singers or choirs with disabilities for your event. Optional: Book our Abilities worship band, singers or speakers.
4. Promote your Accessibility Sunday Service through flyers, web site, social media, newspaper, radio and word of mouth.
5. Invite the whole Accessibility community in your area to attend your service. The Abilities Ministries will help advertise your service through our extensive network. Optional: Invite politicians and the media to cover event.
Why this annual accessibility service is important?
1. Building a stronger relationship with the accessibility community by fulfilling the mission of both the church and community to equally respect the rights and choices of people with disabilities to equally participate within the church.
2. Bringing greater freedom, authenticity, diversity and equality in worship by allowing the weaker members of Christ Body to minister to the stronger members.
3. Following the example and mandate of Christ to include people with disabilities within His Kingdom, which in return strengthens the evangelism and discipleship of your church. Luke 14 outline ( I. The Recipients of Inclusion II. The Responsibility of Inclusion. III. The Rewars of Inclusion)
4. Bringing greater awareness towards disability theology within the church and community that understands the Scriptural and spiritual purpose, power and priority of disabilities.
5. Modeling an authenticate Christian life to our community that finds its strength through its weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9)
6. Following our Lord's example in authenticating His earthly ministry through people with disabilities by making them a priority. (Matthew 11)
7. Breaking down human barriers of discrimination towards people with disabilities within the church and community.
Luke 14 Outline on Biblical Inclusion
I. THE RECIEPIENTS OF INCLUSION
a. The permanently sick- Luke 14:2, 13
b. The physically segregated- Luke 14:21, 23
c. The personally shunned-Luke 14:12
The Greek word “astheneia” is translated as either “sickness, weakness or infirmities” in the New Testament. One of our modern words today that could describe this definition would be the word "disability".
II. THE RESPONSIBILITES OF INCLUSION
a. Call them- Luke 14:13 –“Invite” people with disabilities to my house.
*The greek word “kaleo” can be translated, “to call, invite or summon”
b. Carry them- Luke 14:21- “Bring” people with disabilities to my house.
*The greek word “phero” can be translated as “to carry, bring, bear or support”
c. Convince them- Luke 14:23 “Compel” people with disabilities to come to my house.
*The greek word “anagkazo” can be translated as “to convince, compel, constrain or necessitate”
III. THE REWARDS OF INCLUSION
a. God’s prize is reserved for us- Luke 14:14
b. God prosperity is released through us- Luke 14:23; 1 Cor 9:22
c. God’s power is realized in us- 1 Cor 1:27; 2 Cor 12:10
d. God’s purposes are revealed around us- John 9:3; 2 Cor 12:9
e. God’s priorities are respected by us- 1 Cor 1:26-29; 1 Cor 12: 22-24; Matthew 11:4-5;11; Romans 15:1
Getting started is as easy as ABC
A- Affirm your social, spiritual and Scriptural responsibility towards accessibility.
B- Book your annual "Accessibility Sunday" worship service at your church.
C- Contact us to be added to our accessibility network and receive logistical & promotional support.
Register your church today!
Contact us at: email@example.com to register your church in our "Accessibility Sunday" network and to get your church endorsed and promoted through one of the largest accessibility Networks in North America.
3 Reasons your church should host an Accessibility Sunday!
1. It AFFIRMS our social, spiritual and scriptural responsibilities to invite and include people with disabilities within the church. Luke 14:1-24; 1 Corinthians 9:22; 12:21-25; 1 Thess 5:14
2. It ADORNS the gospel of Christ to our community by following the example of our Lord in ministering to people with disabilities. Matthew 4:23. 24;11:-2-5
3. It ACTIVATES the power of God through the weaker members of his Body (The Church). 1 Cor 9:22; Romans 15:1; 1Cor 12:21-26
The Scriptural Plan and Priority of Inclusion
Why should we invite people with disabilities to church? Jesus commands us to intentionally, strategically and regularly invite and include people with disabilities within all our gatherings in His 3 fold mandate and plan of inclusion in Luke 14:12-21
1. A Strategic Priority. Vs. 13 "invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind”- “Invite them”
2. A Supportive Priority. Vs. 21 "bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame”- “Bring them”
3. A Strong Priority. Vs. 23 "compel them to come in, so that my house will be full”- “Compel them”
Disability inclusion is a human right and Biblical mandate that includes the whole community and begins with you!
14 Reasons & Benefits of Partnering together with the Abilities Network
1. We ENDORSE your church within accessibility organizations in your community,
2. We ENABLE your church to reach out to the whole disability
community in your area.
3. We EDUCATE your church on disability issues.
4. We EQUIP your church through disability theology.
5. We EXPERIENCE the power of God through our weaknesses.
6. We EXTEND the love of God to the disability community.
7. We EXPRESS an inclusive invitation of the gospel to all people.
8. We EXERCISE our faith by obeying Christ's mandate "to invite,
bring and compel people with disabilities to come to God's
house". Luke 14
9. We ENRICH the church by giving "greater honor to the weaker
members of Christ Body".
10, It EQUALIZES your church by not expressing favoritism or discrimination as we "honor the least among us as the greatest in God's Kingdom".
11. It ENCOURAGES your church "to become all things to all
people, support the weak and comfort the feeble minded".
12. It ENDEARS your church to Christ because of His special love
and favor towards people with disabilities.
13. It ENGAGES your church with the accessibility community and movement and attracts family, friends, staff and advocates of people with disabilities to your church.
14. It EMPOWERS the disability community through information
and invitations that provides them with more choices and
opportunities to equally worship or participate at inclusive
churches for people with disabilities within their communities.