Amplifying Our Witness: Giving Voice to Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 11, 2012 - Religion - 114 pages
Nearly twenty percent of adolescents have developmental disabilities, yet far too often they are marginalized within churches. Amplifying Our Witness challenges congregations to adopt a new, practice-centered approach to congregational ministry -- one that includes and amplifies the witness of adolescents with developmental disabilities. Replete with stories taken from Benjamin Conner's own extensive experience with befriending and discipling adolescents with developmental disabilities, Amplifying Our Witness
  • Shows how churches exclude the mentally disabled in various structural and even theological ways
  • Stresses the intrinsic value of kids with developmental disabilities
  • Reconceptualizes evangelism to adolescents with developmental disabilities, emphasizing hospitality and friendship.
 

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Contents

Awakened to the Issues
20
Affirming Presence
34
Amplifying Our Witness
61
Advocating an Approach
74
Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
93
Index
103
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Benjamin T. Conner is associate professor of Christian discipleship at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan.

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