How Big Does a Congregation Need to Be to Have a Disability Ministry?

That all depends on how you define “disability ministry.”

If you mean hiring a person on staff, gathering a dozen volunteers and investing in specific curriculum, you may need a fairly large church.

But if you mean a place where people with disabilities can be ministered to and can minister alongside the rest of the congregation, there is no lower limit (well maybe zero might be difficult).

Small Church

What is it that people with disabilities want? While specific programs for people with disabilities have their place and are enjoyed by many people, that is only a secondary goal.

What churches, big and small, need to focus on is being a welcoming and inclusive community for people of all abilities.

While my gut says that smaller congregations can be more welcoming and inclusive than larger congregations, what I know is that what matters is available to congregations of all sizes.

If you are a congregation of 12 or a congregation of 12,000, you become a place where people with disabilities want to belong and participate.

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