Special Needs Conference 2018

Indispensable: Equipping the Body of Christ to Engage Disability


May 2, 2018

The Baptist Convention of Maryland Delaware and The Banquet Network held the 3rd annual special needs and disability conference, “Indispensable: Equipping the Body of Christ to Engage Disability” on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Freedom Church in Baltimore.

The focus of this year’s conference was equipping. Participants left equipped with tools and practical directions on the mechanics of how individuals and churches can engage people with disabilities. There also was discussion on the “how tos” of subjects like evangelism to people with disabilities, improving building accessibility, fostering inclusive children’s classrooms, how to support families impacted by disability, and more.

The keynote speakers included Tom Stolle, COO and CFO for the BCM/D and father of a child with special needs, and Nicole Huggins, children’s ministry leader, writer, and mother of a child with special needs.

The media from the plenary sessions is below:

Opening by Michael Crawford


PowerPoint Slides: Indispensable Conference Scripture

Key Note Presentation by Tom Stolle


Download video here.


PowerPoint Slides: Tom Stolle Keynote Address

Breakout Session by Tom Stolle

The Banquet Network Year in Review by Michael Crawford


PowerPoint Slides: The Banquet Network: Year in Review

Keynote Presentation by Nicole Huggins

Closing by Amberle Brown