Individuals With Disabilities Out of Your Church
Part of smart, surgical growth is maximizing per-pew revenue.
To that end we present our case as to why you should continue
to (or start) being intentional about excluding individuals
with disabilities from your programs.
- The very presence of individuals with disabilities make
others--particularly high-erners--uncomfortable. By welcoming
individuals with disabilities you are not only filling
your church with low/non tithers--you are driving away
highe-earners which make up the lifeblood of the church.
- Serious fellowship with individuals with disabilities
call into question the idea that God is out there to prosper
everybody. This idea is responsible for packing the pews
with high-earners. Interacting with Christian individuals
with disabilities is existentially destructive of any
- Individuals with disabilities make prayer look bad.
Prayer is generally used for times of crisis where a relatively
speedy resolution (or non-resolution which can be swept
under the rug). Individuals with disabilities emit the
stench of unanswered prayer. They almost never get better,
they usually get worse, and face some of the worst oppression
society has to offer (especially with regards to vocation).
- Individuals with Disabilities are usually single. That
means they don't produce the next generation of church
How do you discourage individuals with disabilities from
darkening your door?
- Your first line of defense is inaccessibility. Thankfully
most of the work has already been done for you. Your church
is probably in a suburb not anywhere near public transportation
(and anyway the buses don't run much on Sunday). Chances
are your church was built before the Americans with Disabilities
Act came through in the 90's so it is only partially or
non-accessable. By keeping your building inaccessible
to individuals with disabilities you get a triple benefit--you
save money on remodeling, and you keep the low-earning
elderly and individuals with disabilities out.
- Your second line of defense is your greeters. Make sure
they are as unwelcoming to individuals with disabilities
as possible. Teach them how to snub, not give bulletins,
stare or avert eyes entirely, etc.. Actually you might
not have to teach them at all, they probably do it naturally.
- Your third line of defense is the laity. The nice thing
is the alphas generally dislike individuals with disabilities
and will make that fact known in all the socially permitted