Disabilities Ministries began in 1989 when the North American Division formed a Commision for People with Disabilities whose purpose was to examine needs and create effective solutions for members with disabilities, provide awareness and education for all Seventh-day Adventists, learn to evangelize people with disabilities, and ultimately impact church practice so that people with disabilities are always considered in all areas of church life. In 1995 at the World Church Annual Session in Utrecht, The Netherlands, it was voted to install a Disabilities Ministries Coordinator within all churches throughout the world.
Today, we find Ministry to People with Disabilities (as listed in the SDA Manual) as strong, effective, and persevering ministry. Hundreds of churches throughout North America have active Disabilities Minstries Coordinators and numerous Unions and Conferences have established denominational leadership that give guidance and support to this predominantly lay effort.
The Florida Conference Disabilities Ministries coordinators:
- Visit and encourage the physically challenged
- Create and conduct Disabilities Awareness Sabbath
- Network with agencies that work the disabled
Some Types of Disabilities
- Visual impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Speech impairment
- Mobility impairment
- Hidden impairments (such as heart disease and diabetes)
Our Mission is to Create Disabilities Ministries that brings empowerment to the physically challenged community through partnership in ministry and community projects.