About Churches Inc
"I could see the challenge before us...
...there were 200 plastic chairs stacked in piles of 10 to be shifted from the back of a pick-up truck to the second storey of a house. From my simplistic, macho viewpoint it seemed clear - 4 individual men, lumping them up the stairs in stacks of 5. 4 guys x 5 chairs = 10 journeys each. An obvious solution!
Hard work perhaps, but obvious. However, I was not reckoning on an alternative, altogether preferable solution that would not only be simpler, quicker, more efficient and effective but would also paint a picture of what church could be like!
I was on a mission trip with Integr8 in Guatemala. We had completed our disability training workshop for 170 teachers. The school that hosted the training had hired 200 chairs from the local undertakers in their village halfway up the volcano. We were now returning the chairs, but instead of my solution the ten men and women teachers and our team formed a human conveyor belt from the truck outside, up the stairs, into the storage space above. We then passed each chair individually hand-over-hand. Regardless of physical strength, each one of us were able to contribute to achieving the task with minimum effort. It was fun and enabled us to grow closer in relationship with each other. It was a great picture of what church could be like.
And so, Churches inc wants to follow this example. We want to stand side-by-side with local churches and groups to journey together and resource each one to enable disabled people to be involved in church life and grow closer to Jesus.
We hope you will be inspired by the blogs of those with personal experience of disability. We hope you will be encouraged and pick up new ideas from what others are doing. We want you to be informed by the practical articles and equipped through our publications and training. Above all, though, we want you to experience the blessing of involving everyone, regardless of ability, in your activities."