SPLASH - Bethesda Training

SPLASH - Bethesda Training

Belle Mead, NJ
Montgomery Evangelical Free Church
9:00 Registration and refreshments
9:30 Training begins
12:00 Wrap-up

Splash into the pool of Bethesda and learn how to invite, welcome, fellowship, evangelize, and disciple those affected by intellectual disability.

What is SPLASH?

With trainers Steve Kirsch and Felicia Grandinette, SPLASH is an eye-opening evening designed to educateencourage, and equip people to minister to the needs of people who are affected by intellectual disabilities.

Who can attend?

  • Family members and caregivers of people affected by disabilities

  • Pastors, church leaders, volunteers

  • Friends and neighbors who have come alongside someone with a disability

What is the cost?

This event is FREE! 

9:00 - Registration and coffee/refreshments begin
9:30-12:00 - SPLASH

Materials will be available for purchase.

Meet Steve Kirsch
Bethesda Director

Steve Kirsch, formerly the CFO for a mid-size global manufacturing company, is good at data analysis. But he didn’t need to crunch numbers to recognize that individuals with disabilities are not being cared for in the vast majority of evangelical churches. “There is so much loneliness and separation experienced by families with disabilities,” explains Steve, now the director of seeJesus’ Bethesda ministry. “They need the church to embrace them.”

Steve, who once led financial training seminars around the world, now leads in a very different setting: by teaching churches and individuals across the US how to minister to adults with various disabilities, using seeJesus’ Bethesda materials. Steve—who also serves as a volunteer for Joni and Friends and leads a small Bethesda group at his local church—encourages and empowers people to overcome their fears and proactively reach out to people who are affected by disabilities. 

Steve, who earned the nickname “Crash Kirsch” after crashing a car, a bicycle, and a motorcycle in one day, has been married to Claudia for 32 years. They have four adult children and live in Bucks County, PA, where they are eagerly awaiting grandchildren. 

An interview with Jill Miller, author of the Bethesda series:

What’s the big idea behind the Bethesda series? I remember being taught trigonometry and thinking, “What in the world is this man trying to teach me!”  But that didn’t stop him from exposing me to the information and giving me an opportunity to “grab” what I could.

This is what I have tried to do with the Bethesda series. I want to give Kim and her friends the opportunity to learn God’s word, the Bible. I want them to have the opportunity to discover. I want them to experience Jesus, to know at a new level his amazing love for them!