Five Myths About Starting a Disability Ministry

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 23, 2015

a boy smiling and hugging his friends with disabilityDisability ministry is a ministry for everyone, but you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to starting your own. Do you feel like you just don’t have the resources or the expertise to get started? You don’t need to feel that way! Disability ministry doesn’t require a degree in Special Education –just a willing heart to serve! Take a look as we debunk five myths about starting a disability ministry, then learn how Joni and Friends can help equip you and your church to serve people affected by disability!

1. You need a lot of money.
Not true! You may need a little for basic supplies, but you likely already own everything you need.

2. You need a lot of space.
False! You don’t need to find new classrooms – just make sure that the classrooms you already have are accessible for people with disabilities.

3. You can’t get volunteers.
Incorrect! Once you explain that anyone can help people with disabilities in simple, practical ways, you’ll get more volunteers than you need! Remember, you don’t need a degree in Special Education, just a willing heart to serve! 

4. You need a whole new curriculum and teachers.
Nope! You can adapt just about any Sunday school curriculum or Bible lessons to people with disabilities. It’s all in how you teach it. Let Joni and Friends help! 

5. People with disabilities will be a burden on your church and will not add any value.
Wrong! You will experience new life, gifts, and growth from including a whole new community. Your church will be blessed! 

Disability awareness is the beginning of disability ministry and Joni and Friends offers a number of resources and tools to assist you in starting and growing a disability ministry. Let us help you and your church reflect the love of God through making the Gospel of Jesus Christ truly accessible to all!

Download Five Myths About Starting a Disability Ministry

(Originally posted 9/2012)


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I am interested in starting my own Ministry and my church will be in 1 accord of this. My questions are Can you give me ideas for a safe room? And i need to know the best curriculum for them. What is out there that is the best for them KJV version
  • Feb. 17, 2018
  • 5:33 p.m.
  • Sherry Bennett
I am a person living with disability born with a celeb rial palsy. I use my feet to typing, writing and eating, and i am looking for some friends who cares for me so much. Felix-ZIMBABWE AFRICA
  • Nov. 24, 2015
  • 2:11 a.m.
  • Felix Mrewa
Disability Ministry
  • July 2, 2014
  • 8:30 a.m.
  • Thomas Charles Obeng
Hello again, I have really been longing to work with disabled children and my parents are letting me work with a couple ministries. I just wanted to tell you, you are my inspiration!!! Thanks! emma
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 6:20 p.m.
  • emma
I have a good friend who is starting a disability ministry at our church, and she has had something of a hard time getting everything going. You bring up some really good points that I'm sure she'll appreciate, so I'm going to email her this blog post right now! Thank you for taking the time to discuss this subject—I'm sure a lot of ministers will appreciate it.
  • Sept. 20, 2012
  • 11:15 a.m.
  • Katrina, Sunday School Craft Blogger
Thank you for helping our brethren to understand about work with KWD, we are in Mozambique and we are working with Blind and deaf and mute people. We never have any experience before, but, on the way (Hands on traning) we continue learning. Praise God for this opportunity to work with the least. Please join us in prayers, we will appreciated. Blessings
  • Sept. 20, 2012
  • 7:04 a.m.
  • Gustavo Fuentes
Hello Joni!! I reached out to you about a year ago and received a letter back from you that I hold very dear to my heart!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your advice and counsel!! I am now trying to start a support group for anyone who needs an ear or victims of a wreck or anything regarding that matter!! I want to make a difference in someone's life just like you made one in mine!! Was wondering your thoughts on how to go about starting one with limited resources!! Still don't drive much but would love to do something through the Internet until I am comfortable with driving!!
  • Sept. 19, 2012
  • 8:03 p.m.
  • Crischelle Adams