Do you have children with special needs in your ministry? Or do you desire to include children with special needs in your ministry? If you have answered yes to either one of these questions then your ministry to children must be accessible to every child that comes through your doors.
Unfortunately in most of our churches, children with special needs are shoved aside due to what seems like insurmountable walls that we have unwittingly place around our church ministries. Yet if you desire to break down these barriers, there is a book that will help you in this endeavor, Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs, by Tate Wetherbee and Jolene Philo. This book is produced by Kregel Publications, takes Jesus’s words spoken to his disciples in the gospels very seriously specifically when he stated “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for two such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Even if our hearts desire is to minister to all the children in our ministry or welcoming those who have special needs into our ministries, then a game plan needs to be devised to include those who need to hear the gospel in a way that is tangible to their ears. In Every Child Welcome, Weatherbee and Philo demonstrate to children’s ministry leaders how to create an environment that is not only welcoming to children with special needs, but includes them in activities that makes them feel a heart of the local church. One thing that the author stress is to avoid singling any child out due to their inability or problematic actions to any lesson, game, or activity.
With this in mind Weatherbee and Philo lay out a great philosophy of ministry but truly focus on how to practically and faithfully fulfill that philosophy. This is a book that a children’s ministry leader will come back to again and again, not only for ideas for the children’s ministry but how to fine-tune their Ministry to make it more accessible to any and all children who desire to hear God’s word from their local church. As a children’s Minister myself I highly recommend this book as a practical tool for not only children’s pastors but for each and every children’s ministry leader so that their hearts may be melted in their arms may be opened to welcome any and all children who enter their ministry.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Kregel Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs
© 2015 by Tate Wetherbee and Jolene Philo
Publisher: Kregel Press
Page Count: 176 Pages