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There are lots of ways to begin a special needs ministry, but how can you know what will work for your church? What kind of forms do you need? What is the best way to commicate with people about the ministry? Do we have one special room set aside, or integrate kids into existing classrooms? The questions can be overwhelming. Listen in as Vangie Rodenbeck interviews Sally Brown, Special Needs Coordinator at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan to hear how one church approaches all of these challenges. Vangie Rodenbeck began her journey in special needs advocacy when her son, Noah, was diagnosed with autism at age four; the same year she also began full-time ministry to children. Through efforts to create a place where her son could learn about God, special needs advocacy and ministry became one and the same. Vangie has a B.S. in Christian Ministry and an M.A. in Contemporary Theology. Her thesis project, ?Disability and the Image of God?, continued her desire to meld theology, practical ministry, and disability advocacy. She also serves as Executive Director for PURE Ministries. Vangie lives and ministers in Meridian, Idaho.
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"We'd love to do more disability ministry, but we just don't have the budget!" This is a cry of frustration for lots of churches with BIG hearts for ministry but limited monies to fund them. Listen is as Vangie interviews Ryan Wolfe about how his... more

The rate of divorce is high among families affected by disability. But what happens when parents of children with special needs remarry and blend into a new family? Listen as host Vangie Rodenbeck interviews her husband Jason and... more

Is your church leadership a little "gun shy" about special needs ministry? Are they worried about insurance, liability and the dangers of inviting so many needs into your church? Stephanie Hubach offers exceptional advice on... more

You probably have this remarkable, God-given vision for your ministry but only so much time you can devote to sharing it because you are also so busy doing it, right? The good news is that by learning a few social media tips, you can push... more

Communicating with parents can be stressful and fraught with opportunities for misunderstanding. Very often ministry leaders complain that parents of children and teens with special needs are hesitant to open up about their... more

Ever wondered what special needs ministry looks like after childhood? Having trouble finding strategies for integrating differently-abled teens into youth group? Listen as Vangie interviews Benjamin T. Conner and hear them unpack ways to... more

Join us for our next show where Vangie will interview Pam Harmon from Young Life Capernum about ministry to teens with special needs. July 15, 2014 12:00 p.m. EDT Pam Harmon is the executive director of Young Life's Capernaum... more

July 1, 2014 12:00 p.m. EDT Join host Vangie Rodenbeck for a live discussion with Benjamin Stuckey from Bethesda Lutheran Communities about including teens and young adults in ministry. Learn the art of ministering "with" and... more

Join Tom for a great episode on Kidminnovation! What is that? Well use your creativity to figure it out! Brian Dollar will be our guest and explain it all! Don't miss this episode of KMC

Join us for our next show! June 17, 2014 - 12:00 p.m. ET When a child, teen, or adult is diagnosed with a special need, the whole family experiences the diagnosis. Join host Vangie Rodenbeck and special guest Jackie Mills-Fernald... more