This past weekend, I had the opportunity to teach a module as a part of the Certificate in Accessibility Ministry at Tyndale University College. I teach biblical studies regularly at Tyndale but topics related to disability ministry are something close to my heart.
I really enjoyed teaching on this subject. My module was on Ministering with Families with Disabilities. Although I have studied the biblical texts and theology around disabilities, my knowledge really comes from being an autism dad. My children have really shaped me and have taught me much more than I have ever taught them.
I really enjoyed spending time with the class. Many of them were parents or relatives of people with disabilities. There was much that we could share from our own experiences.
I’m so thankful that Christian Horizons and Tyndale have partnered to offer this certificate. There are so many people in our community who are affect by a disability and yet they are not reflected in our congregations. Many churches confess that they feel ill-equipped to minister to families with disabilities. That is why there is a certificate program like this.
I would like to challenge every church within driving distance of Toronto to send (at least) one person for this training. The need is great and the training is available (and affordable).