The Inclusive Church

Tonya Langdon —  November 18, 2010

In the spring of 2010, Amy Fenton Lee launched The Inclusive Church blog. Lee’s passion is to help churches and their staff to be better equipped to meet the needs of families with children special needs. Her passion has not gone unnoticed (90 posts and 25,000 reader views)! Her passion does not come from being employed within the education or medical field. No, this burning passion comes from being a mom, children’s ministry volunteer, a pastor’s daughter, writer and in belief that we need to reach and teach children to be followers of Jesus Christ.

Lee’s vision and hope for The Inclusive Church blog, is that it continues to be a vital resource for staff and volunteers who want grow their special needs inclusion ministry. By providing basic and more in depth “how to” articles that go to the heart of the problems that churches face so they can be solved and best practices can be implemented. Lee says the most popular topic is curriculum. Lee cites that many churches lack the volunteers or staff in the children’s department that are able to modify their existing curriculum for children with learning differences. By posting recommendations on products and websites, it helps to take the “guess work” out of creating lessons for Sunday school or for VBS special needs classroom.

The Inclusive Church provides a fresh viewpoint on a variety of topics: Attention Deficit Disorder, Behavior, Curriculum, Disability Etiquette, Getting started, Parents, Pulling in the Professionals, Risk Management, Small Church, Special Events, Spiritual Formation, and Volunteers. The articles and interviews are presented in an easy to understand format that enables the professional to the inexperienced lay person to implement the needed skills, new curriculum or behaviors modifications very quickly.

To learn more about Amy Fenton Lee and The Inclusive Church go to www.theinclusivechurch.com.

Tonya Langdon

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Tonya is married with three children. Tonya currently spearheads The Agape Connections (special needs ministry), teaches the 4th & 5th grade Sunday school class and leads a support group for parents who have children with A.D.H.D. and Behavioral Disorders at Skyline Church in La Mesa, Ca. The Agape Connections work with families who have special needs children so the entire family is able to attend church services and age appropriate church activities. In Tonya’s “free time” she is studying for ordination, writes articles and co-owns an office products business with her brother.

5 responses to The Inclusive Church

  1. In my opinion, this is a must-use resource for any church that is or wants to minister to families that have special needs. Amy & I started talking just this year (through a mutual friend) after our church started communicating more broadly about how we are ministering to families (see http://www.gracechurchsc.org/specialneeds).

    With an equipping event that we did recently (that she was in the audience for), I was surprised that her passion doesn’t come from a bunch of past work experience. It’s odd to see this mix of passion & skills in someone who is relatively new to any topic. There is no doubt that she is committed to Christ’s kingdom.

  2. Tonya, I agree with you completely. Amy Fenton Lee is a dynamo in the area of meeting special needs in churches. She’s been a cheerleader for my book, “A Different Dream for My Child: Meditations for Parents of Critically or Chronically Ill Children.” She works tirelessly to get the word out about resources that support families of kids with special needs. And her blog is outstanding!

  3. I’m glad to see Amy get this recognition. God’s using her to do some pretty remarkable stuff. Before she came along, no one had been able to bridge the gap between the disability ministry and children’s ministry communities. She’s breaking down these barriers through hundreds of hours of hard work all the time demonstrating a relentless determination to serve families of kids with special needs and the church staff and volunteers in position to connect with them week in and week out.

    Thanks, Amy..for all you’re doing.

  4. Tonya,

    Thanks for writing this article. I am a huge fan of Amy and her site. I hope that all of our readers will become faithful readers of her site as well!

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