Midwest Special Needs Ministry Conference, Lincoln 4/29/2017

When: Saturday, Apr 29, 2017, 1:00PM - 5:00PM

DATE OF EVENT:        Saturday, April 29, 2017

LOCATION:                  First Free Church, 3280 S. 84th Street, Lincoln

TIME:                           1 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Midwest Special Needs Ministry Conference


Regardless of religion, size, or culture, places of worship struggle with inclusion for the growing number of people of all ages living with special needs, according to Danelle Mills, Director of Masterpiece/Special Needs Ministry at First Free Church in Lincoln and host of the First Annual Midwest Special Needs Ministry Conference on April 29. 


The conference, sponsored by the Nebraska Caregiver Coalition, will be held at First Free Church, 3280 S.84th Street, Lincoln, NE. The fee for the conference is $10.

Discussion often becomes stuck on the cost of renovations to make the structure of the building more inclusive, Mills said. “Inclusion isn’t only about ramps or elevators.  It is about welcoming people with special needs of all ages and being open to bringing them in and involving them in the life of their faith community.”


Clergy and leaders from all faiths are encouraged to attend the Midwest Special Needs Ministry Conference to learn and share ways to become more inclusive regardless of the membership, culture, budget or area they are located.


People often turn to their faith when faced with a life changing diagnosis. The Midwest Special Needs Ministry Conference has been designed to meet the growing needs of an aging population living at home with chronic conditions.


The keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephen "Doc" Hunsley, special needs and care pastor at Grace Church in Overland Park, Kan. Breakout sessions include the following topics: starting a special needs ministry; what a small church can do; how to support caregivers in your faith community; and a round table collaborative. 


Saturday, April 28, 2017 check-in starts at 12:30 p.m. Conference is from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The two keynote presentations will be available via livestream at firstfreelincoln.org the day of event beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Representatives from statewide programs will be available to discuss local supports and services where participants can refer people in need of assistance. 




Note to Editors:  Thank you for your assistance in getting the word out about this innovative, timely conference.  Additional questions or requests for interviews can be sent to:  Chris Stewart, Nebraska Caregiver Coalition, 402-881-6140, or chris@biane.org