Too often disabled persons are pushed away from the church or made to feel unwelcome in any number of ways. But the good news of Jesus affirms God's image in all people. Autism Pastor Lamar Hardwick talks with Ed Stetzer about steps and strategies the church can use to build stronger, truly inclusive communities of faith.
Lamar Hardwick is known as "the autism pastor". He's the lead pastor at Tri-Cities Church in East Point, Georgia. At 36, Lamar was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He now provides workshops, seminars, and consults with local churches and faith-based organizations on creating environments for people with autism. He also provides mentoring services for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. He's the author of several books, including "Disability and the Church" which comes out next year.
Ed Stetzer wears a lot of hats—author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter—as he helps Christians learn to share Christ. Ed has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written or co-written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Now he ministers as interim pastor of The Moody Church, teaches at Wheaton College, and serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Center and a regional director of Lausanne North America. Ed and his wife, Donna, have been married more than 25 years and have three daughters.
Discover new ways to show and share the love of Jesus to a broken and a hurting world. Join Ed Stetzer in an engaging discussion of todays cultural trends.