Disability Ministry Network

On August 31, 2022, Congregational Accessibility Network (CAN) changed its name to Disability Ministry Network (DMN). See certificate

The Mission of the Disability Ministry Network is to build the capacity and enhance the impact of denominational and para-church organizations who promote inclusive congregational ministries for and with people with disabilities, their families, friends, and caregivers. 

Membership is open to faith and disability organizations, denominational offices and task forces, consulting businesses, and seminaries that are involved in equipping Christian churches and congregations to be more inclusive of people with disabilities and their families. 

A new Board of Directors is being formed and a new website will be created. More details about the process can be found by toggling the sections below. During this interim period, questions about the network, membership, and the ongoing transformation of CAN to DMN can be directed to Paul Leichty

Foundational Documents

Foundational Documents

Disability Ministry Network

Bylaws including Vision and Mission Statements and Membership information.

Certificate of Amendment — CAN to DMN

Email List

Email Lists:

Two email lists are being used in this transitional phase. 

Faith Advocates Announcement List. This is an announcement list for anyone who wants to stay informed about the development of Disability Ministry Network. It tends to be a low volume list with 1-3 messages monthly. 

Faith Disability Advocates Discussion List. This is the current email discussion list for those interested in joining Disability Ministry Network. Anyone on the list can communicate with the list under the DMN guidelines. 

Select either link to check if you a member of that email group. If you are not already a member, you can select the button which says, “Ask to Join Group.”


Database of Faith and Disability Offices

Documentation of the Founding

Disability Ministry Network

This section contains notes and information on the process of forming the Disability Ministry Network from the summer of 2021 until early fall 2022.

CAN History & Background

CAN History & Background

Congregational Accessibility Network was founded in 2011. A brief history is at About CAN.

CAN Background. This paper offers more background on the whole history of Congregational Accessibility Network from the perspective of Paul Leichty, founding director.

Mission of CAN, including Vision and Goals

August 19, 2021 meeting

Agenda for August 19, 2021 meeting: Download PDF. View on Google Drive.

Summary of Meeting: Zoom Meeting summary, August 19, 2021

Zoom Video: Collaboration Discussion, August 19, 2021

Powerpoint Slides: Presentation (PPTX) Slides (PDF)

Spreadsheet List: Collaboration interest. Persons/organizations that expressed interest in this discussion.

Questions or comments? Send an email to the host, Paul Leichty.

September 27, 2021 meeting

Monday, September 27, 2021 Meeting

Agenda: Minutes of Planning Committee for September 27 meeting.

Meeting Files

October 25, 2021 Meeting

Monday, October 25, 2021 Meeting
Summary: Summary Notes for October 25 meeting.
Meeting Files

February 7, 2022 meeting

Meeting of February 7, 2022 
Includes video and chat box of the meeting.

August 29, 2022 meeting

August 29, 2022 meeting and follow-up

Bylaws approved. DOCX  PDF

Articles of Amendment – State of Indiana

September 26, 2022 meeting

DMN Board Organizational Meeting

September 26, 2022 

Meeting folder