Making your church a disability inclusive community
Developed in partnership with people living with disability, Our Place’s Belonging Workshops are face-to-face workshops run in churches and aimed at helping churches become places of belonging for people living with disability. Our aim is to help churches to support people with disability to become active and participating members of their church communities.
Each workshop is comprised of teaching content, small group discussions, and practical tips to help your church ensure that people with disability can be:
- Safe and known
- Connected and growing
- Celebrated and loved
- Blessing and being blessed
Participants receive a printed and digital copy of a workbook, as well as additional practical resources to help in implementing the workshop content.
Our workshops are run by specialists in disability theology and ministry and people with a lived experience of disability. They run for 3.5 hours on a Saturday or Sunday (afternoon).
Our Belonging workshop aims at giving churches a biblical foundation for creating disability inclusive churches. The workshop will help your church better understand what disability is, the barriers that exist that prevent people with disability being able to participate, and what you can do to remove those barriers and become a disability inclusive community.
For more information about Our Place’s workshops or to book a workshop for your church or Christian organisation, contact our ministry leader at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Louise Gosbell
Dr Louise Gosbell has over 15 years experience in helping churches and Christian organisations become places of belonging for people with disability. She has a lived experience of disability and is passionate about seeing people with disability use their God-given gifts as active and contributing members of the Body of Christ.
Kirk and Lisa Patston
Kirk’s research degrees include the interaction of disability studies with the theme of otherness in Job. He has lived experience of disability as a father. Lisa is passionate about discipleship for all and person-centred approaches to disability. She has qualifications in education and ministry and lived experience as a parent.
Jerrah is a musician and songwriter, and the life of the party at every workshop. With his supportive community, he loves contributing to music, welcoming and hospitality at church. He lives with intellectual impairment and autism—and all the unique challenges, abilities and opportunities that has given him.