A recent survey released by LifeWay Research shows that nearly all Protestant pastors and churchgoers believe children and adults with disabilities are welcomed and included in their churches but that many of these churches do not have classes or teachers to accommodate them.
According to The Christian Post, the study asked 1,000 Protestant pastors and 1,002 American Protestant churchgoers if they believed their church was welcoming to those with disabilities. Ninety-nine percent of pastors agreed as well as 97% of churchgoers. And, almost all pastors (99%) said churches should be accessible to those with physical disabilities, including wheelchair ramps and other necessary facility modifications.
A vast majority—95%—of pastors also said that their church was involved in at least one of five different ways in caring for families and kids with disabilities. And 75% of the church pushes their congregation to volunteer at community events for those with disabilities.
However, less than 30% of churches provide classes or events specifically designed for people with disabilities; only half can provide an extra teacher to aid special needs children in classes.
According to Tim Lucas, pastor of Liquid Church in Parsippany, New Jersey, the “church is 30 years behind” when it comes to helping those with special needs.
“[Churches] don’t have the manpower and muscle even…