Monday, February 25, 2008

Reflections on AG Disability Paper

The AG published an opinion paper on disabilities nearly 8 years ago. Yet a small sampling of AG churches show there is not many with full fledged ministries. Of course, the AG also has a paper on healing, and yet many churches don't have a healing ministry.

In other forums, I've argued against some of the stances of other position papers. I would presume there are those that can articulate an argument against this one as well.

Many would presume that positions on healing and disability are mutually exclusive. After perceiving the lack of both of these ministries, I would probably argue they go hand on hand. After all, can't the same God who uses healings to bring people to faith through a demonstration of power, also use those with disabilities to bring people to faith through a demonstration of patience?

Read the paper, and then check out a local disability ministry near you.

-- Marvin

Monday, February 18, 2008

It's Training Time

In the next few months, I'll be busy. Training others, Getting Trained, and Training others some more. In Education, we call this professional development. In the church, we call it discipleship. Discipleship has become news again in the Christian Community, rather the lack of it. Discipleship and Spiritual Disciplines go hand in hand. Spiritual Discipline without Fruit is useless.

My friend Chris Huertz chose to pursue incarnational ministry with the poorest of the poor in India. The organization he founded is now present around the world. What is the relationship of discipleship and incarnational ministry?

In the next few weeks, I will be challenging congregations & pastors alike to step out of comfort zones and become incarnational with disability ministry.

Feel free to contact me if you are interested.

My Schedule --
March 3-7 -- Southern California Sections (Assembly of God)
March 8 NACSPED Conference -- Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, CA
March 24-26 SoCal Assembly of God District Council - Anaheim, CA
April 2-6 -- Council of Exceptional Children Conference - Boston, MA
April 10-12 -- Special Touch Expose, Waupaca, Wisconsin
April 21-23 - NorCal Assembly of God District Council
May 28-30th -- AAIDD Conference -- Washington, DC