Brenda Maas

Teacher Consultant

Education

  • B.A. Alma College: Elementary Education
  • M.A. Eastern Michigan University: Education, Reading Endorsement

I am passionate about inclusion because…

  1. Inclusion is at the heart of Christ and the Scriptures.
  2. Embracing inclusion opens doors for the Church to really exemplify and celebrate the body of Christ.
  3. It changes lives by bringing purpose, joy, and fulfillment.

An inclusion mindset should be the goal for every missional Christian. We must be determined to view each individual through the eyes of our Heavenly Father and to live a committed life of service following the example of Christ. I desire to challenge CLC Network partners to declare together as CLC Network Member School that we daily rely upon the power of God’s Word and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to fulfill this challenge to raise a Godly standard in special education.

Inclusion offers an opportunity for the community of faith to practice our core belief that every individual is uniquely created by God with both strengths and challenges for specific kingdom purposes. These are best expressed and developed within the context of the body of Christ as indicated in God’s Word:

“But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body…But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (I Cor. 12:18, 19, 24b-26).

I truly believe that each individual that God brings to our Christian schools–regardless of their particular profile of strengths and challenges–is called to be an active member of the community of faith, to God’s glory.