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Dr. Susan Gold, Chairperson
Debra Dowds, Executive Director

To: PIP Graduates

From: Debbie Hannifan, Partners in Policymaking Project

Re: Partners in Policymaking Program
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. is currently accepting
applications for the Partners in Policymaking Program Class of 2010. Please
take a few minutes to review the attached information and application and
forward to those whom you work with within the developmental disability
community. Space is limited and the application deadline is April 1, 2010.
Please note that this is a free program only available to those with
developmental disabilities and parents or guardians of young children with
developmental disabilities.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or call me at (863) 738-6367.
Debbie Hannifan
Partners in Policymaking Coordinator
Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 2864
Lakeland, Florida 33806
phone (863) 738-6367
fax (863) 688-2551

Over the years we are asked:  What does Special Gathering believe and teach.  The short explanation is the we teach, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.”  This is a small area of theology to which every church and denomination ascribes. 

The long explanation is that we ascribe to and believe the Apostles’ Creed and The National Association of Evangelical Statement of Faith.  

The Apostles’ Creed: 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried; He descended into hell, the third day; He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and seated on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.


The National Association of Evangelical Statement of Faith:


  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved in the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.