Integrating Sign Language into Children’s Ministry


Throughout the course of our time spent together, she will say any number of words to me from “silly bird” to “milk” to “thank you” and “cold.”  She is just 16 months, so her verbal skills aren’t there yet, but her sign language communicates most everything she needs.  He was ten years old when he […]

Review Activity for Kids with Special Needs


Want a fun way to reinforce a Bible lesson that requires little preparation and all kids love?  Keep Yes/No sticks on hand for every Bible lesson.  Either during the story or at the end of small group time, pass out sticks so that each child has a yes for one hand and a no for the other.  Pose […]

Special Needs Ministry Checklist

checklist for special needs ministry

Knowing where to begin is half the battle when starting any new ministry or program.  Use this list as a guideline when walking your church through a special needs inclusion initiative. This checklist was a handout provided in a workshop led by Amy Fenton Lee at the recent Children’s Ministry Expo in Lexington, KY.  Amy […]

13 Minute Seminar on Special Needs Children’s Ministry

The following video clip was broadcast live on the Internet from the 2011 Orange conference. It featured Amy Fenton Lee talking about the value, challenges, and opportunity of doing ministry with kids who have special needs. I knew it was going to be powerful, so I grabed a screen capture video on my old church […]

Visiting a Church with your Special Needs Child: Try this 4 Step Plan

Beautiful young girl with special needs

This guest post is from Amy Fenton Lee of the Inclusive Church blog. Many churches are working to better include children with special needs.  Whether or not a church has taken steps to welcome children with learning differences or disabilities, parents can proactively prepare the children’s ministry team for their child’s successful inclusion. #1 Contact the […]

Podcast #11: Autism and Your Children’s Ministry

What is Autism and what issues does it raise in real world ministry? That’s what I wanted to talk about in this latest episode of our podcast. So I invited back Amy Fenton Lee who runs a popular blog about special needs children’s ministry. You’ll remember her from our very first podcast and her guest […]

Podcast #1: Your Church & Children With Special Needs


Does your church welcome children with special needs? That is a question that many kids ministry leaders should be asking. It’s also the topic of our very first podcast.  It took a little more work than I expected, but the end result is a very helpful conversation about welcoming special needs children into your church. […]

Will Your Church Care for the Special Needs Child?

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of god and knows God.”  I John 4:7 In schools across America, every teacher’s goal is to help each child become the most successful they can be in the classroom.  Sometimes a child has special needs which require […]