What Would Be Better?
Social Role Valorization and the Development of Ministry to Persons Affected by Disability
There is much that Christian churches can learn from relevant secular approaches and adapt to support integration and participation within our congregations for adults with impairments. One of these approaches is Social Role Valorization developed by Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger. In this approach, one considers the relevance of image and competency of devalued individuals and how these two areas impact access to “the good things of life.” This article applies these principles to the inclusion of vulnerable congregational members into the life of the Christian church, asking the question, “What would be better?” as a prompt for those in leadership to reflect on their current practices with an eye toward maturity in their practices
as they intersect the lives of devalued people.