Enabling Hearts: A Primer for Disability-Inclusive Churches


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This volume was formulated to help enable the development of more disability-inclusive churches. As an introductory “primer”, it aims to provide churches with a basic understanding of disability in Singapore, and some foundational insights concerning how to minister to persons with disabilities.

Its title, Enabling Hearts, reflects two essential characteristics of the volume. First, it captures the authors who have been invited to contribute. Every author of this volume is either a person with disability, a disability professional (e.g. clinician, therapist, special educator), or a disability ministry leader. All of them have committed a substantial portion of their life towards advocating for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. In that sense, they truly possess “enabling hearts” and I am delighted that they have chosen to partner with us in this endeavour.

Second, the title, Enabling Hearts, also reveals the spiritual goal of the volume. While the chapters in this book will often focus on technical know-how in ministering to people with disabilities, the book is ultimately aimed at transforming the hearts of its readers—to open the hearts of God’s people towards the surprising grace of God as He leads us to include our brothers and sisters with disabilities.

Leow Wen Pin
Part I: Preliminary Matters
1. A Theological Introduction to Disability
Leow Wen Pin
2. A Roadmap for Disability Ministry
Leow Wen Pin
Part II: Aspects of Disability Ministry
3. The Social Landscape for Disability in Singapore
Timothy Teoh
4. Types of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Eliza Leong
5. Teaching Children with Intellectual Disability/Autism
in the Sunday School Setting
Norman Kee Kiak Nam
6. Legal and Policy Insights on People with Disabilities
Ronald Wong
7. Building Churches that are Accessible for All
Chia Yong Yong
8. A Family Perspective on Disability
Brenda Tan
9. Discipling the Differently Abled into Disciplemakers
Jacqueline Woo
10. Developing an Inclusive Liturgy
Benita Lim
Part III: Including People with Disabilities
11. Including Deaf People
Low Jarn May & Wang Li-Sa
12. Including Blind and Low-Vision Individuals
Wong Meng Ee
13. Including People with Physical Disabilities:
Muscular Dystrophy
Sherena Loh
14. Including People with Learning Disabilities:
Eunice Tan Meng Yin
15. Including People with Intellectual Disabilities:
Down Syndrome
Khoo Jit Kuan
16. Including People with Developmental Disabilities:
Teo Yafen & Jesselyn Ng
17. Including People with Mental Illness:
Kenny Tan & Lester Leong
Part IV: Reflections from Disability Ministries
18. Small Beginnings, Big God: The St. John’s-St. Margaret’s
Church Journey
Sarah Yong
19. A Home for Everyone, and for Everyone A Home:
Ohana @ Sengkang Methodist Church
Dominique Phang & Nathanael Goh
20. Deaf Faith Fellowship @ World Revival Prayer Fellowship
Sarah Phua & Grace Phua
21. Chapel of Christ Our Hope
David Teo & Leong Keng Hong
Part V: Conclusion
22. Disability and the Gospel
Leow Wen Pin
Appendix—An Inclusive Church Checklist
Timothy Teoh
List of Contributors

This excellent publication reflects the Church’s need to address “disablement” insightfully and holistically. Myths, half-truths, or stereotypes indeed do no real good in affirming persons with disabilities to accept their rightful place in the Church and society. I feel truly humbled to be counted for this notable cause.

Rt Rev Keith Lai Chee Kheong, President, National Council of Churches of Singapore; Synod Moderator, The Presbyterian Church in Singapore

We may be “temporarily-abled” or not, but the Bible says everyone is disabled and in need of the inclusive, enabling love of God. Let this book inspire churches both to give and receive the inclusive, enabling love of God that every disabled or temporarily-abled person needs.
Rev Dr Gordon Wong, Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore

Holistically examined; convincingly argued; theologically stimulating; contextually practical. Disability is an inevitable encounter that affects us all despite of age, gender, and environment. This book is a must read for all pastors and church leaders to recalibrate an understanding of the nature, purpose, and discipleship of the Church in this new normal.  
The Rt Rev Dr Titus Chung, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore

Enabling Hearts is a comprehensive resource not only for churches but for anyone who has a heart for persons with disabilities and wants to know and understand more. It provides insightful and practical knowledge to make ourselves and our churches more disability-inclusive which is very much needed.  For sure, this book will be divinely transformational for all who read it.
Ms Anita Fam, President, National Council of Social Service, Singapore

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