Full course description
Disability and Life Stages
Serving and Serving Alongside Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Joni Eareckson Tada says that disability ministry is not disability ministry until the disabled are serving. How do we not only serve adults with intellectual disabilities, but disciple them to discover their own spiritual gifts and serve in God’s kingdom? What does it mean to share the Gospel with adults with disabilities? How do I know if they understand? We will be joined by keynote speakers and a panel of experts to guide you through these questions and more.
Keynote Speaker with Q&A
Jeff McNair, PhD and Kathi McNair
Dr. Jeff McNair is a professor of special education at California Baptist University. He has been a university professor for over 30 years. Jeff has published numerous articles, several books, and curricula for adult disability ministry. He has spoken to and interacted with ministries around the world on issues of community/social integration through churches and disability ministry/theology. At CBU he directs the Moderate to Severe disability teacher training program. Jeff and his wife Kathi have been personally involved in ministry to adults with intellectual disabilities at local churches since the mid-1970s. He currently leads the Light and Power Company, a ministry that includes adults with disabilities at Trinity Church in Redlands, California, USA.
Panel with Q&A
Shepherd’s College Professor and Students
Shepherds College is so much more than a school for students with intellectual disabilities. It’s a fully accredited, post-secondary program designed specifically for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Throughout the three-year program, they help students to reach appropriate independence through the development of vocational, social, and life skills. We believe that everyone was uniquely created by God for a purpose, and that each person in this world deserves a chance to pursue and fulfill their dreams.
9:00 – 9:15 Kick-Off
9:15 – 9:40 Keynote
9:40 – 10:00 Keynote Q&A
10:00 – 10:10 Break
10:10 – 10:40 Panel Intro/Discussion
10:40 – 11:10 Panel Q&A
11:40 – 11:45 Conclusion