The DisAbility Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church, formed in 1992 as the National Task Force on Developmental Disabilities, was launched in 2013 as a result of General Conference action. Their mission is through advocacy, education and empowerment, the Committee will lead the UMC in creating a culture where people with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of worship, leadership and ministry. The Committee offers resources including a web site with many articles and downloadable tools, a newsletter, and consultation, Ten jurisdictional members and liaisons from related agencies lead this effort.
Goals & Objectives
To facilitate every United Methodist Conference having a disability contact or committee that will develop a network of persons and churches engaged in disability ministry. To hold or support at least one disability awareness workshop per jurisdiction per quadrennium. To provide seed money for launching ministries with people with disabilities in local churches, camps, schools, and the community. To assist churches and agencies with purchase of equipment or other resources to make activities accessible and inclusive.
To provide Disability Ministry grants to United Methodist agencies and churches. To disseminate information about disability resources through the following means: Publish a newsletter that highlights ministries and offers resources for local church and beyond. Provide disability-related news updates and information to Conference communications staff and disability contacts; utilize social media to reach a wider audience. Post resources including information for celebrating Disability Awareness Sunday, completing an accessibility audit, and starting a conference committee or local ministry on the web site. Provide training to specialized groups such as Camp and Retreat Leaders, health ministers, Lay Servants, and UMVIM teams regarding how to meet the needs of and include people with disabilities in their ministries.