Ray and Kathryn offer various workshops and tools to help your church start their
own deaf ministry. You can use these resources to become more sensitive to
the needs of the deaf, learn how to start a deaf ministry, and learn Sign Language.
Please contact us
if you are interested
in having us come out to your church to teach on one of these subjects!
- Why should we start a deaf ministry?
- How to start and keep a deaf ministry
- American Sign Language Worship Workshop I
- American Sign Language Worship Workshop II
- American Sign Language Worship Workshop III
Deaf Ministry Commitment Card
- Use this brief commitment card
to determine who in your church is being lead to support a deaf ministry, and how
they are willing to help.
Church Evaluation Survey
- This is a brief survey to help you get
the "pulse" of your church and community. Use this brief survey to see what
needs exist in your church and what resources are available in your church and community.
To download and view these tools, you will need:
I am so excited to hear about your call to Deaf Ministry and your willingness to
be obedient to that calling! I know that God will guide you and make it clear just
what He wants you to do.
We have a booklet, How to Start and Keep a Deaf Ministry
, to help you get started,
you can find it at Here
Here are the first steps to help get you started:
The first step you need to take is to talk with your church leaders. Tell
them about the deaf and ask them to pray with you about starting a deaf ministry.
Once your church is in agreement that this is God's calling not only for you, but
for your church, then you can go on to the next step.
Next, use the Deaf Ministry Commitment Card to see who in your church is
also called to be a part of the deaf ministry (hint, they do not need to know sign
language) You can find the Deaf Ministry Commitment Card on this page.
Take some time to fill out the Church Deaf Ministry Evaluation Survey. This
will really help you to see where you are at and what you need.
Begin the ministry. Start out by having a deaf event or potluck and invite
all the deaf people you know. Advertise that you will be starting a deaf ministry
on the radio (friends and family members of the deaf can hear it and let them know
about it), in the newspaper, with flyers or by personal invitations.
Have a regular time that church will be interpreted every Sunday with an
interpreter ready to go. I suggest interpreting the songs, even if no deaf people
attend, just so you and the congregation can get used to the interpreter. Also,
if a deaf person shows up late they will know right where the interpreter is and
not cause any disruption.
Have a deaf bible study, go visit the Deaf in their homes, create outreach
events so you can build relationships with the Deaf and tell them about Jesus.
Invite guest speakers for a deaf event, revival, start up of the deaf ministry
or any other occasion (deaf retreat, deaf conference, workshops etc.)