Are all deaf ministries the same?

It has been said there are three different kinds of deaf ministries. 1) An interpreting ministry, 2) A Deaf teaching ministry, 3) A Deaf church ministry. Each has  its own benefits. Some areas cannot support…

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If my church provides an interpreter will Deaf people come?

Not necessarily. Whether or not Deaf people come may be influenced by their own church background (or lack of one), interpreter skill, your heart for Deaf people, accessibility, and other factors. Generally, a heart for…

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How do I meet Deaf people in my area?

The best way to meet Deaf people is to go where they meet. Go to social gatherings such as dinners at the local mall, Deaf Coffee, and some Deaf clubs. Contact Deaf leaders in your…

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How do I start a deaf ministry in my church?

Several things are needed, including trained and qualified workers, a Deaf Sunday School classroom, and support of the Pastor. Teach new workers basic Sign Language (ASL Video Vocabulary is a good tool). Also, read How to Build a…

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What is the difference in Sign Language and English?

Sign Language is a visual, gestural language with its own grammar. English has nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc. Sign Language uses classifiers, facial expression, body shift and position, and other visual means to convey the…

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What is the difference between interpreting and transliterating?

The short answer is, transliterating is signing word-for-word. It is choosing a sign for each English word. Interpreting is signing an equivalent and conceptually correct sign for an English word, phrase, or sentence. The signer…

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What is the best way to Sign Bible verses and chapters? Should I sign word for word or summarize?

Signing Bible verses is a sensitive subject, as you can imagine. Keep in mind that Sign Language is not English. The general rule is, if a long Bible passage is being read, sign (interpret) as…

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I am a church interpreter. Should I become certified? How?

Becoming certified is not essential to interpreting in church, but it is highly recommended. The certification process is a valuable learning process. Interpreters should strive to improve their skill through workshops, classes, and other learning…

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When I interpret in church why do the Deaf people get sleepy?

Watching an interpreter for a long time is not easy. Also, some interpreters have difficulty clearly interpreting church services. Church interpreters should improve their sign language and interpreting skill to more clearly communicate what is being…

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Why can’t I understand Deaf people when they sign to me?

Often this means you are not using their language (ASL) but a signing system such as Signed English or Pidgin Signed English. They can understand you, but they are signing back to you in ASL.…

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