Stacy Hodge is the Church Relations Manager for Joni and Friends Texas. Prior to joining JAF in 2013, Stacy served as Minister to Special Needs at Hunters Glen Baptist Church in Plano for five years. In her role with Hunters Glen, Stacy helped the church launch a special needs ministry for all ages that involved ministry through Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, sibling workshops, parent support groups, and Vacation Bible School. Stacy also developed a “Disciple Now” weekend experience for teens with special needs in addition to teaching a mid-week Bible study for adults with special needs. Stacy has lead training events for the Collin Baptist Association to help other churches expand their special needs ministries. Stacy has a degree in Deaf Education with a minor in Sign Language Interpreting from Baylor University as well as a Masters in Christian Education, Student Ministry, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
From using iPads as communication devices to sharing Christ through stories and games, this workshop will take you through settings, accessibility features, and apps to use at your church. We will also address social media and how to use it to safely reach families for Christ.
Teenagers with special needs are often the most unreached age group within special needs ministry. In this workshop we will explore why it is important to make the effort to include this unique population in your vision for the student and special needs ministries. Being a former youth ministry associate, Stacy will be giving practical tips, tools, and ideas to help you reach this amazing group of students in your existing ministries.