A Guide to Deaf Ministry: Let's Sign Worthy of the Lord

Paperback | June 5, 1990

byDeann Sampley

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"What must be seen to be fully appreciated is (sign's) singular appropriateness for religious worship . . . . It is perhaps in the church service that the beauty of sign becomes most evident. Some churches have sign choirs. Watching the robed members sign in unison can be an awe-inspiring experience." (Jerome D. Schein, Speaking the Language of Sign). DeAnn Sampley's book is about ministry to the deaf -- not only worship, but also nurture, service, and understanding. A Guide to Deaf Ministry reveals that serving deaf people involves cross-cultural communication. Those who would minister to the deaf must understand their needs, their language, their world. This book encompasses all these things, showing readers how to begin a deaf ministry, the resources that are available, what the deaf culture is like, and the special aspects of interpreting through sign in the church and worship settings. This is a book for all who seek to minister to deaf people, who live with them, or who number themselves among them.

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"What must be seen to be fully appreciated is (sign's) singular appropriateness for religious worship . . . . It is perhaps in the church service that the beauty of sign becomes most evident. Some churches have sign choirs. Watching the robed members sign in unison can be an awe-inspiring experience." (Jerome D. Schein, Speaking the La...

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"What must be seen to be fully appreciated is (sign's) singular appropriateness for religious worship . . . . It is perhaps in the church service that the beauty of sign becomes most evident. Some churches have sign choirs. Watching the robed members sign in unison can be an awe-inspiring experience." (Jerome D. Schein, Speaking the La...

In 1967, Joni Eareckson Tada was paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. She has gone on to paint, write several books and a monthly column for Moody Monthly magazine, record musical albums, and have a daily radio show. She is the founder and president of JAF Ministries, which works with disabled people and their families, a...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 9 × 6.13 × 0.38 inPublished:June 5, 1990Publisher:Zondervan

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ISBN - 10:0310521912

ISBN - 13:9780310521914

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ContentsForeword by Joni Eareckson TadaPrefaceAcknowledgmentsI. Understanding the Needs of Deaf PeopleChapter 1. What Is Deafness?Definitions of deafnessTypes of hearing lossMethods of communicationBeyond the communication barrierChapter 2. The Deaf CommunityWho belongs to the deaf community?The relationship of ASL to deaf cultureLevels within the deaf communityBinding factors of the deaf communityHistory of deaf educationOpening doors through modern technologyThe spiritual needs of deaf peopleII. Calling the Church to Deaf MinistryChapter 3. Where Do I Begin?Who, me---a missionary?Learning and respecting the languageEducating the church bodyThrowing misconceptions out the windowWhat to do and not do in relating to deaf peopleDeaf community, here I comeHeeding the callMinistry within our sphere of influenceWhere does the ministry begin?Chapter 4. The Church Interpreter: God's MessengerThe interpreter's motivationThe interpreter's temptationThe interpreter's responsibilitiesThe interpreter's activitiesThe interpreter's co-workersThe interpreter's challengeChapter 5. Sign to the Lord a New SongThe interpreter: a student of many languagesThe art of making music visualThe process beginsThe opportunity to be flexibleSample translationsA word of encouragementIII. Communicating with Deaf PeopleChapter 6. Faith Comes by Seeing ...God's Word made visualLet's communicateThe manual alphabetChapter 7. Silent Friends Sunday SchoolCommitted to signingChapter 8. Looking Ahead: A Deaf Minister's PerspectiveSociety's misconceptionsA new concept: indigenous churchesAwakening the churchOvercoming obstaclesAfterwordResourcesReferences and general resourcesSecular resources relating to deafnessSign language and communication resourcesPublications and newslettersChristian resourcesDeaf churches, synagogues, and religious associationsSecular resources relating to the hearing impairedInsight into indigenous churchesVisual resourcesSign language and finger-spelling computer programsMedia and entertainment resourcesTelecommunication device informationBibliographyNotesIndex of Signs