In this episode, Student Minister, Jess Berryhill, shares about the special needs ministry she has built for the students at Mt. Pleasant Church. She walks through the story of how their special needs ministry started, the heart behind it, what helped it grow, and what it looks like now. We also talk about including special needs students versus separating them from the whole of student ministry, what trips and retreats look like, and how to partner with parents throughout the process.

Jess Berryhill

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Boosts for Mt. Pleasant Special Needs Ministry

  1. Moving youth group to Tuesday nights with the Upward basketball league
  2. Hosting a Night to Shine through the Tim Tebow Foundation
  3. Getting connected with organizations in the community doing great things with social needs families
  4. Tapping into student IEPs and having conversations with parents

Action Items

  1. Evaluate your own student ministry
  2. Ask: Are there opportunities in the community or conversations that would further our special needs ministry that I need to pursue?

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