Friendship Ministries

What is Friendship Ministries?

For decades, Friendship Ministries has worked to promote the ideals of Equality, Interdependence, Compassion, and Hospitality within the Body of Christ.  With a vision for people with and without intellectual disability to grow deeper in their relationship with God and with each other in community together, Friendship Ministries has provided resources that support faith formation and congregational inclusion with individuals with intellectual disability. The Together Curriculum , a menu of digital coursework published by Friendship Ministries, provides churches the framework to build these communities of inclusion.

Friendship Ministries + All Belong

In recognition of our share vision for church communities, in 2021 Friendship Ministries, along with it’s digital curriculum library TOGETHER, became a subsidiary of All Belong.  In combining with the work of All Belong’s Church Services team, Friendship Ministries impact will continue to be felt for years to come.

TOGETHER Curriculum

TOGETHER is an innovative approach to Bible study that is designed to help congregations develop a sense of true belonging among people of all levels of ability. Through the use of interactive videos, Bible presentations, discussion prompts, and more, people with and without disabilities can grow in faith TOGETHERTOGETHER has two parallel tracks of study. The first is designed for use in a traditional disability ministry setting, such as the 1,000+  Friendship groups that are active in the US and Canada. It offers activities, such as worship songs and dramas, that are appropriate to larger groups. The second track is designed to support the formation of small groups that include adults with and without disabilities. It contains more challenging discussion prompts, while keeping the interactive flavor that will appeal to adults of all learning abilities. The topics are relevant to both populations and both tracks contain appropriate supports to enable the full participation of all.

TOGETHER Curriculum Units

SESSION 01:
Courage When Life is Tough
Numbers 14
SESSION 02:
God is with You
Deuteronomy 31:1-8
SESSION 03:
Learning to Listen
Joshua 1
SESSION 04:
Into the Water
Joshua 3
SESSION 05:
Stones
Joshua 4
SESSION 06:
Courage for a Lifetime
Joshua 14
SESSION 01:
Meeting Jesus Through Other People
Luke 5:17-26
SESSION 02:
Meeting Jesus When We Feel Lonely
John 4:3-30; 39-42
SESSION 03:
Meeting Jesus When We Are Not Well
Mark 5:22-43
SESSION 04:
Meeting Jesus When We Feel Guilty
Luke 19:1-10
SESSION 05:
Meeting Jesus with His Scars
Luke 24:36-49
SESSION 06:
Meeting Jesus Through Our Doubt
John 20:19-29
SESSION 07:
Meeting Jesus Through the Faith of Others
2 Timothy 1:2-7
SESSION 08:
Meeting Jesus Again and Again
Acts 9:10-19
SESSION 01:
What Are Spiritual Gifts? (Part 1)
Acts 6:1-7; 8:26-39
SESSION 02:
What Are Spiritual Gifts? (Part 2)
Acts 9:36-43
SESSION 03:
What are My Spiritual Gifts?
Exodus 3:7-10; 4:1-16
SESSION 04:
What Is the Purpose of Spiritual Gifts?
Acts 2:42-46; 12:1-16
SESSION 05:
How Can I Use My Gifts?
Acts 16:16-34
SESSION 01:
Everyone Hurts
Romans 8:18-30
SESSION 02:
Why Pain?
Romans 8:19-22; John 9:1-7
SESSION 03:
“Why, God?”
Romans 8:22-23; Mark 15:25-34
SESSION 04:
God is With Us
Romans 8:26-27; Daniel 3:16-30
SESSION 05:
We Walk Together
Romans 8:29; Ruth 1
SESSION 06:
We Have Hope
Romans 8:24-25, 28-30; Job 1:13-20; 19:23-27
SESSION 01:
Wow!
Matthew 6:9; Matthew 7:7-11
SESSION 02:
Please Help
Matthew 6:10-11; 1 Samuel 1:1-20
SESSION 03:
Sorry
Matthew 6:12; Luke 18:9-14
SESSION 04:
Why?
Matthew 6:13; Psalm 137
SESSION 05:
Thanks
Matthew 6:9-13; Ezra 1:1-3; 3:10-13
SESSION 06:
Pray.!? Review
SESSION 01:
Created to be Caretakers
Genesis 1 – 2:3
SESSION 02:
Ruined
Genesis 3:1-19
SESSION 03:
Called to be Rulers
Psalm 8
SESSION 04:
New Creation
Revelation 21:1, Isaiah 11:6-9
SESSION 01:
Taking Up the Way
Luke 9:18-26
SESSION 02:
The Way of Self-Reliance or the Way of Trust
Luke 18:18-23 and Luke 10:1-11
SESSION 03:
The Way of Compassion
Luke 10:25-37
SESSION 04:
The Way of Peace
Luke 19:29-44
SESSION 05:
Losing Our Way
Luke 22:39-54
SESSION 06:
The Way of Forgiveness
Luke 23:33-46
SESSION 07:
The Way Goes On
Luke 24:13-35
UNIT C1:
Mary: Giving Birth to Good News
Luke 1:26-56; Luke 2:1-19
UNIT C2:
Joseph: Christmas Starts with Compassion
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:4-7
UNIT C3:
Magi: Unexpected Guests
Matthew 2:1-12