Developing a Biblically Sound Evangelistic Ministry for People with Intellectual Disabilities at First Baptist Church of Jensen Beach
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ABSTRACT Chapter 1 defines and describes the plan and desired outcome of the project. The church must understand the prevalence of intellectual disabilities and the needs those disabilities present. The church must then respond appropriately with effective ministry that addresses those needs in an evangelistic context. Chapter 2 addresses several biblical rationales related to ministry with people with intellectual disabilities. These scripture passages inform a right understanding of intellectual disabilities and provide the motivation to engage in disabilities ministry. Chapter 3 addresses soteriology for people with intellectual disabilities. Churches must develop a clear plan of sharing the Gospel in creative and non-traditional ways that may be understood and received by people with intellectual disabilities. Chapter 4 explains the methodology utilized in implementing the project. Evaluations of research instruments, preached messages, and the project itself are offered. The final chapter of the project addresses personal reflections and lessons learned. Also discussed is the implication of the project for other churches seeking to develop ministry for people with intellectual disabilities.