BALTIMORE, Md.—Freedom Church and “The Banquet Network” (TBN) will have a “Special Needs Sunday” on Oct. 1. Pastor Michael Crawford will discuss the importance of acknowledging, including, and serving people in the church who have special needs and disabilities.
Following the service, TBN will have an informative meeting from 12:15 to 1 pm to discuss the vision and mission of the Network, and to answer questions.
The Banquet Network is a special needs ministry tool that has the potential to revolutionize the way churches minister to this people group. Based on Luke 14, the purpose of the new network is to inspire churches trans-denominationally to glimpse God’s heart for embracing, serving, and empowering families who experience disability and then to equip and resource those churches.
The heart of the Network is a database that includes individuals, resource materials, organizations and experts who will be able to advise and support churches. When a church catches the vision, and makes a step forward to begin reaching and serving those with disabilities, then members of the network can partner with them and connect them with relevant resources.
People with special needs and disabilities are one of the largest unreached people groups in the world when it comes to learning about the Gospel. Crawford says the church is disabled when it does not include people with disabilities.
“Our primary strategy is prayer,” Crawford emphasized. “We’re going to need God to do some amazing things. We will pray about everything, and we will pray through everything.”
Those planning to attend the meeting should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Light snacks will be provided.