8 themes in faith and disability
Becoming a church of belonging for people with disabilities
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.
What does a disability advocate do?
- Encourages the full welcome and belonging of people with disabilities in church life.
- Identifies the needs of church members living with a disability and works with church leaders to respond in appropriate ways.
- Connects church members and leaders with resources (from the RCA and the community) that support belonging.
- Advocates for the adoption of a disability policy by church leaders and assists in its implementation.