In the past, national survey data has shown that more than one-fourth (26%) of U.S. adults who seek pastoral care have disabilities, but very few U.S. seminaries provide such training to the men and women whom they are preparing for the ministry (1998 National Health Interview Survey)
Now the Joni and Friends International Disability Center has established the Christian Institute on Disability to “aggressively promote a Christ-centered, biblical approach that protects human dignity and the sanctity of all human life, no matter what the disabling condition.”
According to the Joni and Friends International Disability Center
The Public Policy Center will address disability related issues and sensitive policy matters that arise in the public arena. The Center will equip advocates to speak out for the aged, infirm, the unborn, and people affected by disability.
The Christian Institute on Disability Research and Development: Empowering Leaders for Tomorrow
The Christian Institute on Disability will bring together the work of Joni Eareckson Tada and other renowned biblically-based researchers, scholars, decision-makers, and leaders in the medical, legal, academic, religious and political arenas. The Institute will equip the Church and empower tomorrow’s leaders through strategic educational initiatives.
Find out more at the Joni and Friends web site, including videos of Joni Eareckson Tada talking about the program at Biola University.
Rest Ministries is honored to be an affiliate of the Joni and Friends International Disability Ministry.