January 8, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Samford University

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A one-day conference for church leaders and congregation members to explore disability ministries for all ages. We will learn why disability ministries are important, how to make the gospel accessible by starting new disability ministries, and how to tackle pastoral issues in existing ministries.

Registration fee includes light refreshments throughout the day, lunch, and a book from each of the three keynote presenters. Registration closes on December 31 or when event reaches capacity. 

Special Guests: Barbara Newman, David Glover, and Amy Fenton Lee


1. Launching a Special Needs Ministry for Children; Jill Cunningham and Susan Pannell

2. Memory Loss (Alzheimer’s / Parkinson’s); Patti Williams

3. Need for Support (supporting the Special Needs family with congregational and outreach support); Amy Kirby

4. Supporting the Family through Diagnosis; Amy Fenton Lee (only available in morning session)
Surviving to Thriving; Amy Fenton Lee (only available in afternoon session)

5. Transition to Adulthood; Mandy Hilsmier, Amy Hoaglund, Wendy Betsch, Megan Everett, Donna Gardner

Conference Schedule

8:30 a.m. - Registration/light breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Morning prayer and devotion
9:15 a.m. - Plenary I (Barbara Newman)
10:30 a.m. - Break
11:00 a.m. - Workshops I
12:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 p.m. - Plenary II (David Glover)
2:30 p.m. - Break
3:00 p.m. - Workshops II
4:00 p.m. - Plenary III (Panel Conversation)
5:15 p.m. - Afternoon prayer and wrap up
5:30 p.m. - Dismiss

Sponsored by the Center for Congregational Resources in partnership with Center for Worship and the Arts, Center for Faith and Health, Beeson Divinity School, and the Orlean Beeson School of Education.