Announcing Our Early 2016 Travel Schedule

Barbara J. Newman
Barbara J. Newman speaking at the “That All May Worship Conference” in March 2015. Photo credit: David Beloff

We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events.

We are on the road again! This winter and spring, we are traveling throughout the country to equip pastors, worship leaders, church volunteers, school administrators, and seminarians with the tools to include persons at all levels of ability and disability into the life of their communities.  We invite you to listen in on a presentation or stop by our exhibit booth at one of the events below!

Note: Some events require registration and are only open to specific audiences; check each event website for more information.

January 20-23: Children’s Pastors Conference (Chattanooga, TN)


  • Pre-conference: “Understanding and Welcoming Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder” with Barbara J. Newman
  • “Faith Formation and Children with Disabilities” with Barbara J. Newman
  • “Disability Ministry: Real Life Examples from Real Life Churches” with Barbara J. Newman
  • “Behavior Management Playing Field” with Barbara J. Newman
  • “Differences Detected, Now What?” with Barbara J. Newman

January 28-30: Symposium on Worship (Grand Rapids, MI)


  • “Universal Design for Worship: Shaping Worship for People of All Abilities” with Barbara J. Newman – LiveStream available January 29 from 10:15 – 11:15 AM from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship homepage
  • “A Conversation on Universal Design for Worship” with Barbara J. Newman

February 4-5: Association of Christian Schools International Conference (Merrillville, IN)


  • “Best Practices for Serving Students with Disabilities in Your Christian School” with Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski

February 18-19: Association of Christian Schools International Conference (Milwaukee, MN)


  • “Best Practices for Serving Students with Disabilities in Your Christian School” with Katie Barkley

April 14-17: Accessibility Summit (McLean, VA)


  • Pre-conference: “Communicating Without Words” panel, including Barbara J. Newman
  • “Sensory Integration in the Church” with Barbara J. Newman

May 9-12: Being the Beloved Community: Welcoming Children of All Abilities to Church (Decatur, GA)


  • “Inclusive Worship” with Barbara J. Newman
  • “The Church School Classroom and Children on the Autism Spectrum” with Barbara J. NewmanPhil Stegink

How can we help?

Invite a member of our team to speak at your upcoming conference or event by calling 616-245-8388.  Visit our website for a list of potential topics for schools and churches.


Eric Bartel

I am a high school teacher at Southlake Christian Academy and I am the leader of our Student Missions Fellowship (SMF). Our SMF has as its purpose to Be Christ in our Community and Christ on Campus. Each year we facilitate a week long Mission Week in which we select a particular topic and a specific organization. We then spend the week educating our community, blessing the organization, and hopefully establishing a long lasting partnership or establishing a home grown ministry.
Our topic this year is disabilities and the disabled and how “all have a seat at the kings table.” We are using the story in 2 Samuel 9 as our scripture theme for the week. We have selected Camp Joy as our organization ( Several students in our school serve as counselors at Camp Joy so it was a natural fit for this weeks focus. But, we also will bring in various ministries as well: Special Olympics, Kupenda for the Children, Joni and Friends. The goal is education to bring awareness.
I would love to speak with someone at your organization to see if there is any way we can partner with you in this endeavor. Please contact me at my email above .
God Bless,
Eric Bartel

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