Church Resources

We thank God for your desire to create communities of belonging for persons of all abilities within your congregation! Wherever you are in your journey, we hope the following resources and next steps will help you include persons of all abilities more fully into the life of your church.

Free Resources for Congregations

Role-Based Tips for Inclusive Congregations

No matter what part you play in your congregation, you can help widen the welcome in your congregation for persons of all abilities. To get started, look up your role on the Role-Based Tips for Inclusive Congregations page.

Sample Order of Worship

Many churches provide attendees with a printed and/or electronic bulletin or order of worship prior to the service. We are happy to share with you a Sample Order of Worship which includes images and universal design elements to consider, which you are welcome to adapt to your congregation.

Download the Sample Order of Worship, along with other documents from our library, by completing this form.

Parent/Family Member Survey and Sample Welcome Page

We encourage you to give the below survey to the family of the person you desire to support and then use the information they provide to create a welcome page for appropriate leaders.

Download the Survey and Sample Welcome Page, along with other documents from our library, by completing this form.

Inclusive Language Suggestions

For some individuals, words can make the difference between partial participation and full inclusion in a worship service. Consider the provided alternative phrases on the Inclusive Language Suggestions page for including persons with a variety of abilities in your congregational gatherings.

Download the Inclusive Language Suggestions, along with other documents from our library, by completing this form.

Theology of Inclusion

As you consider receiving the gifts of persons with disabilities and implementing universal design concepts, we encourage you to reflect on our core values, which have strong biblical foundations. Read more about our theology of inclusion.

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