RampUp celebrates the role of people with disabilities in the church.
Dispels myths about disability
Provides a Biblical view of disability
Promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities in work, witness and leadership
Provides tools to improve the accessibility of churches
and much more
95% of people with disabilities are not included in churches.
Therefore churches are invited to RampUp their facilities and systems:
RampUp attitudes - be welcoming
RampUp inclusion - be open
RampUp buildings - be accessible
God's astonishing generosity is portrayed in the parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14. "Yet there is room!" exclaims the servant after bringing numerous people to the banquet. These people assumed they were unwelcome due to their rejection, because of their disabilities, by the rest of the village. Imagine their joy at finding themselves seated at the banqueting table. And because there is room, the invitation to the feast is still open.
RampUp helps the Church and people with disabilities to grow in relationship, so that everyone can 'be at home in church', a place of preparation for the Great Banquet. We hope that you will enjoy exploring RampUp as much as we have enjoyed designing it.
Let us know what you think and give us your suggestions to improve RampUp.
Recently trained Disability Inclusion Facilitators - People who play an important role in the Church
The Church and Disability: Inclusion and Participation By Professor Louise Kretzschmar
If you are looking for inspiration to develop a ministry that includes people with disabilities, look no further.
Dr Paul Leshota, senior lecturer in Biblical Science and Pastoral Therapy in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the National University of Lesotho, says:
“The Church and Disability” is biblically grounded, doctrinally sensitive to diversity and practically responsive to the challenges of the church that seeks to give meaning and hope to those who have been crushed by life.
This lucid and easy-to-read book provides a much-needed inspiration to lecturers in Bible colleges and seminaries as well as pastors in churches to easily prepare for and work towards a disability friendly church. It is a must read for both pastors and the laity who are working in the area of inclusion of people with disability in church."
“The Church and Disability” book is available from The Leprosy Mission / RampUp project:
Telephone 011 440 6323 Email Thembi: firstname.lastname@example.org Cost Book, postage and packaging: R85.00 Bank The Leprosy Mission SA No.2 Account FNB Account No: 514 710 56 974 BALFOUR PARK Branch code 212 217