Recipe for Church Inclusion

Event Information

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pointe North Church

The “Recipe for Inclusion” event is the 2nd Annual Coastal Disability Summit.

Three Ingredients that Will Guarantee a Place of Belonging with Persons of Varied Abilities

Whether you’ve been in the inclusion kitchen for many years or are embarking on the journey, you are invited to taste the three ingredients that will help you include children and adults of all abilities within your congregation. During this training, you will discover how you can mix together these ingredients to create a community of belonging for each person within your church:

  1. A biblical understanding of individuals and community;
  2. A universal approach to including persons in worship and education;
  3. A process to provide supports based on the gifts and needs of specific individuals.

Regardless of the role you play (whether paid or volunteer), you will discover these ingredients benefit everyone within your congregation! Come as an individual or bring a group from your congregation to leave with a plan!

The cost for this training is $15 and includes a $5 lunch voucher and a copy of Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship by Barbara J. Newman.

Worship music will be led by Pointe North Worship team, and lunch entertainment will be by Jack Triebold; a 16-year old guitarist and singer/songwriter from Mount Pleasant, SC.

Download a flyer to share here: Recipe For Inclusion – Charleston 2018

Respite Care: Summit Respite Form

Please register below.

Featuring Guest Speakers

Maria CornouMaría Eugenia Cornou is Program Manager for International and Intercultural Learning for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Her areas of responsibility include international programs, curating web and print resources including translations of worship resources into multiple languages, facilitating conversations and networking with scholars, teachers of worship, and other church leaders, and grantmaking support.

She is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she taught biblical studies and was administrative director at International Baptist Theological Seminary. Maria holds degrees in public accounting and theology and is finishing a PhD in theology from the Free University of Amsterdam on the topic of Protestant worship in Argentina.

Barbra J. Newman


For over 30 years, Barbara J. Newman has endeavored to create communities of inclusion through All Belong (also known as Christian Learning Center). Co-administrating the inclusion program at Zeeland Christian School allows her to stay on top of best practices which she shares at schools and churches nationwide and in her books and practical resources. She is the author of many books, including Autism and Your Church, Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities, the Inclusion Awareness Kit, Nuts & Bolts of Inclusive Education, and her latest title, Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship.


Charles Penny and LaTonya McIver PennyRev. Charles Penny (Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church) and Rev. LaTonya McIver Penny (New Mount Zion Baptist Church)

Rev. Charles Penny serves as Youth Pastor at Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church, as well as alongside his wife Rev. LaTonya McIver Penny in creating programs and ministries of inclusion. His passion is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Rev. LaTonya McIver Penny serves as the senior pastor for New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC. She believes that all children are in the “imago Dei,” the image of God, and should be treated with love, honor, and respect. She is actively involved in many organizations pertaining to children with disabilities and the fair treatment of children. In March of 2013, she launched her nonprofit Mary’s Grace Incorporated, which creates programs and ministries of inclusion for persons with disabilities and their families, in churches and communities. Mary’s Grace is the spiritual go to organization for all persons with disabilities and their families.



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