Disability Concerns

Everybody belongs.

Everybody serves.

Accessible, inclusive, missional churches

Studies by the U.S. Census and Statistics Canada indicate that about 20 percent of their populations live with at least one disability. That translates to almost 50,000 RCA people—or 20 out of every 100 people in your church—who live day in and day out with a disability.

We are here to help your church become a healthier community by engaging people with disabilities in their life and ministry.

Eight themes in faith and disability

Ableism
Advocacy
Belonging
Mental wellness
Person-first Language
Removing barriers
Social ramps
Universal design

Want help engaging people with disabilities in your church?

We are available to offer assistance by phone, letter, email, video-conference, or (when possible) in person on matters related to engaging people with disabilities, their families, and their churches.

Let’s connect to plan jointly with your church or a group of churches to conduct workshops that help people with disabilities belong. We can assist you in supporting a wide variety of types of disabilities (developmental, emotional, mental, physical, sensory) through a variety of resources available electronically or in your local community.

Disability resources for churches

Inclusion Handbook

Disability Awareness Sunday Resources

Church Accessibility Audit

Church Disability Policy Template

Find a full list of helpful disability resources on the Network

The Network is the Christian Reformed Church in North America’s (CRCNA) online communication platform. RCA and CRCNA Disability Concerns partner together to create Breaking Barriers, and the Network has a list of resources for Disability Concerns.

Visit the Network

Why have a disability advocate?

Disabilities often keep people from participating fully in the church—sometimes a disability keeps someone from participating at all. A disability advocate helps your congregation welcome and include people with disabilities and their families.

One in five people has a disability. That’s a lot of people a disability advocate can help your church welcome, disciple, learn from, and watch lead.

We’re here to help

Becoming an advocate is a commitment. But you won’t be doing it on your own. RCA Disability Concerns will help you get the training and resources you need. And you’ll be joining a network of disability advocates who support each other.

Contact us to learn more
What does a disability advocate do?
  • Identify the needs of church members living with a disability (and their loved ones) and work with church leaders to respond to those needs.
  • Encourage the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of the church.
  • Help people with disabilities and their families identify needed resources.
  • Offer Disability Concerns resources to their congregation, including the quarterly newsletter Breaking Barriers.
  • Advocate for the adoption of a disability policy by church leaders and assist in its implementation.
  • Establish and carry out annual goals for improving the congregation’s welcome and engagement of people with disabilities
  • Participate in training opportunities when possible.

Breaking Barriers

Subscribe to our award-winning quarterly newsletter, which includes first-person stories of people with disabilities that encourage us to include all people in the life and ministry of the church.

This initiative is part of Transformed & Transforming, the RCA's 15-year vision for ministry.
Your gifts make this mission possible.