Disabling Mission, Enabling Witness: Exploring Missiology Through the Lens of Disability Studies

Reviewed by: Connor Salter, a Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, IN.



Title: Disabling Mission, Enabling Witness: Exploring Missiology Through the Lens of Disability Studies

Author: Benjamin T. Conner

Publisher: IVP Academic (InterVarsity Press)

Publication Date: 2018

Format: Paperback

Length: 176 pages


People who have disabilities are one of the largest groups that American churches neglect. Using his experience working with various people who have disabilities and his academic research into disability studies, Benjamin T. Conner unpacks the theological ideas that fuel this neglect. Along the way, he suggests how missiology (the study of missions work) provides tools for changing this situation and the benefits Christian academics (and more generally churches) will find when they readily accept people with disabilities.

Like all books published under the IVP Academic imprint, this book is a scholarly work. As such, readers who don’t have experience reading academic texts will have a hard time appreciating its ideas. For scholarly minded readers, though, the book presents plenty of worthwhile ideas. Conner draws on insights from various sources, from Deaf Culture to Eastern Orthodox iconography, to present a compelling case that people with disabilities have much more to offer the church than most Christians realize.



Rating (1 to 5 stars)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

Christian scholars hoping to learn more about disability studies and its connections to ministry or theology.

Christian Impact

This book will give readers a new perspective on people with disabilities and encourage them to seek new kinds of healthy engagement with them.



Interested in reviewing a book, movie, album, or other type of media for our website? We would love to hear from you! Find out more about how to submit media reviews.

About Evangelical Church Library Association

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

One Response to “Disabling Mission, Enabling Witness: Exploring Missiology Through the Lens of Disability Studies”

  1. It’s awesome to visit this site and reading the views of all colleagues regarding this article, while I am also zealous of getting familiarity.


Leave a Comment, Question, or Suggestion

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: