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Social Inclusion of Deaf with Hearing Congregants within a Ministerial Setting Comment by Stumme, Clifford James (College Applied Studies & Acad Succ): As you review this sample student paper, please keep in mind that there are some flaws in this paper (as with any piece of writing). However, it is one of the best INDS 400 research proposals received to date, so it is an excellent reference point.

Sample Student

Liberty University

Language (ASL) and Religion




Culture can influence how people interact and the level of inclusion of different cultures in a particular setting. While numerous studies have been conducted examining deaf studies and deaf culture, there is a curious lack of research that has specifically considered the level of inclusion of deaf people in evangelical hearing churches. This research proposal includes an interdisciplinary including a literature review that examines a handful of studies on interactions among deaf and hearing populations to consider challenges of hearing and deaf integration. Examining these diverse perspectives, including Catholic ministry, disability ministry and deaf culture, provides a fresh interdisciplinary perspective to approach the challenges of deaf inclusion in ministerial settings. It was found through this literature review that a gap in scholarly research exists in this area. As further research would be necessary to address this gap, the goal of this research proposal is to conduct a qualitative study for further research by petitioning deaf perspective through online interviews utilizing the social media platform of Facebook. Although a low budget would be necessary, the implications of this research would provide a platform to open community conversation to address challenges and provide ideas on integration of deaf and hearing congregants in evangelical hearing churches. Examining deaf perspectives may provide additional information for fellowship, growth and exposure to the Gospel for deaf congregants in these settings. The purpose of this qualitative study on social inclusion of deaf people is to discover experiences, perspective and ideas of deaf visitors and attendees in an evangelical hearing church in a northeastern state of the United States in order to explore issues, raise awareness and improve practices within the church for inclusion of the local deaf population.

Keywords: deaf studies, ministry, church,

Social Inclusion of Deaf with Hearing Congregants within a Ministerial Setting

In an age when minority groups are finding much societal integration, social integration and inclusion of deaf and hearing congregants within the context of evangelical ministerial settings creates a unique challenge for ministry leadership who seek to provide opportunities for inclusion of deaf with hearing congregants for fellowship and spiritual growth in local communities. The purpose of this study in examining existing research from diverse perspectives through an interdisciplinary approach was to identify the gap in scholarship regarding deaf inclusion in evangelical hearing churches. A handful of studies have examined interactions among deaf and hearing populations from a number of perspectives, which prove beneficial when examining the subject through Deaf Studies and Ministry lenses.