Published on January 16, 2019 by Sarah Cain  

Church leaders and congregation members across the state gathered for “Disability and the Church,” a one-day conference to explore disability ministries for all ages. The conference was sponsored by Samford’s Center for Congregational Resources along with partner sponsors Beeson Divinity School, Center for Faith and Health, Center for Worship and the Arts, and Orlean Beeson School of Education.

The event was developed to help those in church leadership find solutions to better welcome those with disabilities who may be less likely to attend church. Survey results published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities showed that of 400 parents of children with special needs, researchers found that one-third had changed faith communities because they felt their child was not included.

Discussions and workshops throughout the day included topics like special needs ministry for children, supporting families through diagnosis and how churches can walk alongside adolescents with disabilities.

 
About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.