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Certificate in Disability, Inclusive Ministry and Christian Faith

Are you a congregational leader striving to create a more inclusive church community? Do you support people with disabilities in a faith-based setting? Luther’s Certificate in Disability and Christian Faith will provide you the opportunity to explore the intersection among disability, spirituality, mental health, and caregiving, with the specific goal of creating more diverse and welcoming communities.

Increasingly pastors, church leaders, and community workers, are called to welcome and support people of all ages with disabilities and mental health challenges, as well as family members who provide care (parents, spouses, adult children). It can be challenging to know how to respond. This certificate program explores the practical, theological, and ethical challenges many faith communities face as they strive to be inclusive and equitable. Together, along with experts in the field, we will explore ways communities of faith can welcome and celebrate the full participation and leadership of all members, particularly those who live with disabilities and mental health challenges.wheelchair-holding-bible.jpg

Together we will:

  •  Discuss the practical and theological reasons behind why faith communities may struggle to welcome people with diverse abilities.
  •  Explore disability in the Bible.
  •  Review the current research in the fields of disability theology, ethics, and inclusive ministry, and consider their relevance in the daily work and life of   faith communities.
  •  Identify the important ways people with disabilities and mental health challenges contribute to the life and work of faith communities.
  •  Rethink worship and ministry to celebrate the participation and leadership of all members.
  •  Identify practical strategies to create more inclusive faith communities that welcome the contributions and leadership of all members.
  •  Consider our personal calling in terms of the ongoing conversation and work of disability theology and inclusive ministry.


Certificate Courses

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Commitment: 3 hr/week

Length: 4 semesters

Certificate Earned: Certificate in Disability, Inclusive Ministry and Christian Faith


Perfect for:

  • Congregational leaders
  • Clergy
  • Youth pastors
  • Ministry personnel
  • Sunday school teachers
  • Healthcare providers
  • Educators

Tax Receipt

This certificate is eligible for a T2202 tax receipt that can be used to claim eligible educational expenses for tax purposes.

Alumni 10% discount

If you are a Laurier or Luther grad, send an email to with your student ID or grad year/program to receive your unique code.