Disabilities Concerns

Nurture and Teaching
Christian Education

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Presbyterian Women

Disability Concerns Ministry

Chairs:  Dixie Brachlow, Lynn Cox
Contact Info: office@ptcaweb.org

The goal of the Disability Concerns Ministry: to promote inclusion of people who live with disabilities in the life of congregations and in the Presbytery.

All Christians are members of the Body of Christ and deserve access to the worship, fellowship, and leadership opportunities in the church. When barriers of any kind exist and make it impossible for persons with disabilities to participate fully in the life of the church, we are not being faithful to our calling or to the mission of the church. It is not enough to enable people with disabilities to enter the buildings. The Body of Christ is not whole when we are not able to embrace the gifts of all members. Like all Christians, persons with disabilities have been given gifts to use in the service of God. In addition, persons with disabilities may have gifts of patience, creativity, and perseverance they have learned by living with disabilities.

Also, The Disability Concerns Ministry team offers resource, curriculum, information, and conversations with you, so that your church might learn ways to incorporate and include ALL people to fully participate in your congregation.

Christian Education

As the POINT (Presbyterians Organized in Nurture and Teaching) representatives for the Presbytery, Sally Narr and Wendy Griffin will assist congregations as they strive to develop strong educational ministries for all ages by providing Christian education support in a variety of ways. She can meet with a church’s education committee, is available at presbytery meetings with a display and answering questions, and help a teacher, a ruling elder, or teaching elder interpret and select resources to meet their congregation’s educational goals.

Here are some specific things Jan can do in the Presbytery and for your congregation:

  • Provide face-to-face consultations to evaluate the Christian education ministry of a congregation
  • Interpret and evaluate educational resources with church leaders
  • Provide basic training for volunteer teachers
  • Connect with other educators through Christian education committees, resource centers, and local, presbytery, regional, and national events
  • Be informed about a variety of resources through POINT training, the POINT Web site, and other opportunities
  • Write articles for their presbytery newsletter or establish a POINT newsletter
  • Contact churches to introduce the POINT ministry, give availability for consultation, inform of workshops that may be helpful, and obtain feedback about needs and resources
  • Communicate needs, share ideas, and offer feedback about educational resources and ministries of the greater church through Congregational Ministries Publishing.


Presbyterian Women

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we the Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area commit ourselves:

  • To nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study,to support the mission of the church worldwide.
  • To work for justice and peace.
  • To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom.

Questions? Contact the PW Moderator, Michele Gallick via email at: pw@ptcaweb.org.