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Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church

Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church

  • Advance # 3021054
  • Country Global
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Project Information

Promoting access, inclusion and full participation of people with disabilities within the church.

Annual Goal: $40,000.00

Year to Date Gifts: $4,188.00

Describe the need affecting community
As many as twenty five percent or more of people globally have a disability, but most congregations are not equipped for inclusive ministry with people with disabilities, and many church buildings lack accessibility. Along with lack of funding, there is a shortage of training and resources that reflect our Wesleyan values and beliefs about God’s love and grace being available to everyone. People with disabilities and their families are often not welcomed or are excluded by barriers in the church. Our churches are less than they can be when people with disabilities and their God-given gifts are missing.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?

The Disability Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church is a ministry partner with the General Commission on Race and Religion. Our mission is to lead the denomination in creating a culture where people with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of worship, leadership, ministry, and mission, through advocacy, education, and empowerment. The DMC will continue our work to: Provide grants to help our UMC churches, agencies, and affiliated organizations remove architectural and attitudinal barriers to full participation by people with disabilities, Develop relevant resources and training to equip churches and other entities for ministry with people with disabilities and their families, Provide a website, newsletter, and social media engagement, Advocate for and with persons with disabilities, and Hold the UMC accountable for living into the mandates found in our Books of Discipline and Resolutions.

Describe the primary goal of the project

United Methodist congregations and entities will be equipped to be barrier-free places that offer welcome and true belonging for those of us with disabilities. People with disabilities will take their rightful place in leadership, mission, and ministry, recognized as a valued part of the rich tapestry of creation, equally loved and valued by God.

Budget and Financial Information
Income
Annual Advance Financial Goal
$25,000.00
UM Board and Agency Support
$12,000.00
Other fundraising
$3,000.00
$40,000.00
Expense
Disability Training and Awareness
$3,000.00
Program and Accessibility Grants
$10,000.00
Website, social media, and resource development
$20,000.00
Administration and Travel Expenses
$7,000.00
$40,000.00
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