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Inclusion and Disability Ministry Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

Our conceptions of the Body of Christ and having the mind of Christ are often in relation to cultural ideals of perfect bodies and minds. Persons with disabilities are generally seen as what the Body of Christ is reaching out to help rather than being seen as part of the Body of Christ. Persons with disabilities thus often feel excluded from participation in the Body of Christ both in theory and in practice, and our churches are deprived of the specific ministries persons with disabilities can offer. Inclusion and Disability Ministry Mentoring helps suggest theological perspectives that are more inclusive of persons with disabilities as full members of the Body of Christ, members who serve the body rather than just being served, and practical applications of this in the church, such as:

  • How can my church or ministry bring persons with disabilities into full participation?
  • How can my church learn from people with disaibilities if we listen better? 


Tim Basselin is Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Worship at one of the largest seminaries in the world: Dallas Theological Seminary. He teaches classes on the intersection of theology and culture, including classes on film, art, literature, and disability. He is also the director of the Media Arts apprenticeship program at DTS and enjoys collaborating with his students. He serves on the editorial board for Christian Scholar’s Review. He and his wife, Robin, have four children and enjoy travelling and camping.



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