Special Needs Ministry: Is It Worth The Extra 5%?
Most of my friends on my Facebook page are parents of a child with autism or other special need…just like my boys.
Last week I mentioned that I was curious about how many of these families were churched. So I used Survey Monkey to design a 3 question survey and then posted it to my Facebook page. I was surprised to find out that 20% of these families attend a church that does NOT have a special needs ministry.
It became apparent to me that their communities of faith have found a way to be welcoming and inclusive. How? By using a model emphasizing the different ministries within the church that work together for the purpose of welcoming and including a child without having to develop a special needs program!
The question now becomes “How many more families of children with special needs might be reached for Christ by developing a special needs program?”
So, I surveyed my Facebook parents and asked this question: “Do you currently attend a church has a special needs program?”
136 parents responded to this survey question. 25% of them answered “Yes.”
That’s 5% more families who attend a church with a special needs program than those families who attend a church that does not have a special needs program. 5%…doesn’t seem like a big difference, does it?
Is it worth going to thru the effort of developing a special needs ministry to reach an extra 5%? When I think of “biblical math,” I believe the answer is yes: “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.” (Luke 15:8-9).