Member Church Program

Do you desire guidance and resources as you seek to fully include persons with varied abilities within your congregation? Whether you’ve been including persons with disabilities for years or are just beginning on the journey, our team of consultants is eager to partner with your church as you move forward in God’s call to create communities of belonging.  

Through our annual Member Church program, our team is here for your church as you include children, youth, and adults with disabilities into the life of your congregation and its ministries. Your church will have access to best practice support and ideas from our team of consultants to create inclusive community for persons of all abilities. Membership includes: 

  • “We seem to have more people in our congregation diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We need information.”  
  • “Church School did not go well for Justin today. What do we do?”  
  • “We had 3 families walk out of our intergenerational service and said they have children who cannot make it that long. What do we do?” 
  • “We have our first member experiencing dementia. We want to be supportive—how can we come alongside this couple?”  
  • “Youth Group is just not welcoming for some of our more vulnerable group members. Any ideas?”  
  • “We have a group home that attends worship, but we want to go deeper and have relationships within our congregation. What can we do?”  
  • Local and web-based opportunities throughout the year  
  • Full suite of online training videos ($100 value)   
  • For pastors, worship leaders, children’s ministry leaders and volunteers, disability advocates, and inclusion coordinators   
  • Workshops & Training at Your Location (or Webinar) 
  • Observations & Further Consultations in Your Setting  
  • Congregational Studies  
  • Join with other churches practicing inclusion in their congregations  
  • Receive regular communication from CLC Network, full of current best practices and new ideas  

Cost of Membership: $500 annual fee. Membership begins upon receipt of funds, and renews after one year from that date. Grants and payment plans may be available.   

To best support your church, our Membership program is structured annually—your church can join at any time during the year! Enroll using the form below. Or, contact us at (616) 245-8388 or twhite@clcnetwork.org to learn more.