I have been thinking about people with disability for a while now, and lead a group at my church in discussing a new field called “disability theology.” The focus of this field is to stand in the place for the disabled because they don’t tend to have someone to do so. As a theologian, this is something I must be called to – it is the prophetic edge of the theological task. I wanted to start a conversation on here, if I could, about ministering to people with disability as well as spiritual formation and the reality of disability. Much of what goes on in evangelicalism under the name of “spiritual formation” or “spirituality” is highly rational. In this sense, for people with mental disability, there is no spiritual formation. This cannot be right. We have to meditate deeply on what spiritual formation is in light of this massive population of people (I’ve heard as high as 17% of the population). To get our discussion going, it would be fruitful to read my friend Kent’s post on “10 Theses on Ministry to the Disabled.”
What are your thoughts?