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Starting a Disability Ministry

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God calls us to peace with him and with one another. Our responsibility is to know what the Bible says about peace or "shalom" in the Church and to call one another to the same. We are not responsible for outcomes, but we are responsible for effort.

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Colossians 3:15–17 NASB95
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

The Peace of Christ

While the word for peace in is not shalom, the word eirene carries a similar meaning.

A. The Greek Concept of eirḗnē. For the Greeks eirḗnē primarily denotes a state, not a relationship or attitude. It is the opposite of pólemos (“war”). It is linked with treaties of peace or the conclusion of peace. It is also the opposite of disturbance. In a negative sense, it may denote a peaceful attitude, i.e., the absence of hostile feelings. In the age of Augustus it carries echoes of redemption, but also implies in everyday reality the legal security of the pax Romana.

According to Hubach, when a church operates without all its members, it becomes disabled itself and is not in a state of peace.
Our purpose in disability ministry is to be peacemakers who
have peace with God through Christ and invite others (inc. disabled) to have that peace;
call the Body of Christ to oneness with all its members;
bring restoration and healing to families who are struggling with the effects of disability; and
restore a society that is unraveling and affects the lives of the disabled.

Barriers in Pursuing Disability Ministry

Anxiety

We should help our church to move from fear to faith

Attitudes

Ignorance
indifference
arrogance (posture of superiority)

Agendas

Don’t let agendas be more important than relationships

Autonomy

Nobody can tell me what to do.

Using the Word to Transform

Engage

Start with theological topics on which we can agree.

Explain

Help church leadership to see the connection between sound theology and disability ministry

Educate

Communicate to the church sound theology on disability

Equip

What we’re doing here only on a larger scale

Encourage

Exhort

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