Education & Training

At Joni and Friends, education and training are at the heart of our ministry.

Whether you’re an individual seeking to learn more about disabilities, a church wanting to start a disability ministry, or even an educator searching for resources for your classroom, we are here to help!

For Individuals & Families

Understanding and serving people affected by disabilities.

Disability and the Gospel

Learn how God uses our brokenness to display His grace. Michael S. Beates encourages believers and churches alike to embrace those who appear more broken.

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The Life and Death Dilemma

Written with families in mind who are facing agonizing moral or medical choices.

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Life in the Balance

Whether you’re studying individually or with a small group, this book will guide you to apply God’s truth to society’s greatest challenges.

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Same Lake
Different Boat

A book on how to come alongside people touched by disability.

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For Churches

Develop and expand a disability ministry.

Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities

This book addresses how congregations, families, and service providers can work together to support the full participation of individuals with disabilities.

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Autism and Your Church

Enables leaders to appreciate those with Autism as persons created in God's image.

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Church Facility Accessibility Checklist

Find out exactly what is need to make your church facility fully accessible.

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For K-12 Educators

Make a children’s ministry disability-friendly.

Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities

This book is an excellent plan for building awareness among children teaching them how to understand their peers who have special needs, packed with information about disability.

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Special Needs Smart Pages

Advice, answers, and articles about ministering to children with special needs.

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Beyond Suffering for the Next Generation

Students will gain a sense of confidence in knowing they are part of a growing worldwide movement.

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For Higher Education

Find certification, graduate level coursework.

Certificate Course

Beyond Suffering, a unique college level certificate course on the biblical view of disability and suffering, offered by Joni and Friends at the International Disability Center in Southern California.


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Accredited Coursework

Courses in disability ministry for undergraduates and graduates.

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International Education

Basics: Fundamentals of Disability Ministry Training.
Designed by God: A Biblical Theology of Disability.

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Internship Programs

Cause 4 Life: Student Missions and Internships

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Featured Training Materials

Why Christian Doctrine Matters

  • April 1, 2010
  • Kathy McReynolds
  • Policy Paper

Christian doctrine forms the basis for a biblical understanding of our world. It is important to have such a foundation in order to consider issues related to bioethics.

Life in the Balance, Chapter 3: Making Sense of Autism

  • April 5, 2011
  • Resource & Training File

From the book Life in the Balance: Biblical Answers for the Issues of Our Day, meet families who are bravely navigating the complicated world of autism. Their frustrations and tender joys may surprise you, as well as their total dependence on God. You'll discover that families affected by autism don't always want to be on the receiving end. They have a lot to offer. In fact, God tells us that our churches will never be complete without them.