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Inclusion: A glimpse into the church experience for special-needs families

The challenges faced by special-needs families when visiting churches are significant, often leading to a reluctance to attend. However, there are proactive steps that churches can take to ensure these families feel welcomed and accommodated. By providing information on their website, training greeters and guest services teams, and implementing various levels of accommodations, churches can create an inclusive environment where special-needs families feel valued and supported. Drawing inspiration from Jesus’s example of overcoming obstacles to welcome all, churches can embrace and serve these families with understanding and compassion.

What can churches do to reach and welcome special-needs families? There’s a biblical example they can follow. In Matthew 21, Jesus entered the temple area and drove out those who bought and sold goods and the money changers. What we often overlook in this passage is what came next, “The blind and the lame came to him in the temple…” (v. 14a, CSB). There were obstacles in the way that made it impossible for people with disabilities to enter the temple area that they had access to. Jesus overturned and overcame those obstacles, setting an example for us today.

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