At Special Ministries, our goal is to ensure that those with special needs have a safe and welcoming place to learn about Jesus Christ, worship together, and build authentic community. We’re intentional about our easygoing approach to helping our friends experience God’s transforming love and grace.

We have more than 100 special friends on our roster list, with 85% being adults with varying abilities and needs. Our classes and events are assisted by many loving volunteers who joyfully come alongside our special friends to make them feel welcome and comfortable, and help them learn from God’s Word.

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SBC Shea Special Ministries:

  • Sundays: Adult Special Ministries at 9:45am, YTH Unlimited at 11:30am, SuperKids at 9:45 & 11:30am
  • Tuesday Night Live: Every Tuesday, our adults with special needs gather to connect with each other and enjoy worship, Bible study, and discussion on practical Christian living. Please contact us at if you would like to know more – you are welcome here!

SBC Cactus Special Ministries:

  • Monday Night Live: Beginning Monday, September 20 – 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays; 7pm -8:30pm. In person, at the Cactus Campus, 2501 E Cactus Rd. To join, please contact our SBC Cactus leader, David Thames, 602.363.0068,

Upcoming Events

  • Adult Special Ministries

    Sundays | 9:45am | D103

    This Sunday morning class for adults is filled with great teaching from our staff leaders and awesome volunteers using easy-to-understand language, lots of visuals and a great sense of humor. It also includes worship music and a time for prayer requests from each student.

  • YTH Unlimited

    Sundays | 11:30am | D103

    Approximate ages: 13-21 years old

    This class is designed for those who are currently in Jr. High and High School. Our special friends meet to enjoy time with friends, engage in relevant discussion, and learn more about an authentic faith.

  • SuperKids

    Sundays | 9:45 and 11:30am | D106

    SuperKids class includes Bible study time, with easy-to-understand teaching, visuals and short videos to help keep the kids engaged. We have plenty of time for kids to enjoy the ball pit, trampoline, creative play and building, multisensory toys, and more.

    Register your child for a service, here. The registration will close once we have reached capacity (4).

Our special needs do not stop us from having fun. In fact we have more fun with our Special Ministries friends all year long. Everyone is welcome to join us at our events. Email us with your information and we will keep you up to date about each event.

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We work with our community partners to host special programs at Scottsdale Bible for the benefit of our community. For more information about these programs, please contact our community partners directly.

Whispering Hope Ranch
The mission of Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation is to offer children with special needs and their families a rustic Arizona ranch style camp and retreat experiences enhanced by programs designed to foster nurturing interactions between campers and the animals residing at the ranch. To learn more about Whispering Hope Ranch, visit

Joni and Friends
Joni and Friends is the largest disability-related ministry effort in the world. They equip local churches to meet the spiritual and practical needs of those affected by disabilities. Joni and Friends helps mobilize and equip local congregations to reach out to people affected by disability. Our area ministry serves alongside a network of volunteers and churches in communities nationwide. Learn more about Joni and Friends at

Hope and a Future
Hope and a Future provides various opportunities for Arizona foster youth, including sponsoring summer camps (Royal Family Kids Camp), Teen Reach Adventure Camp (TRAC), the Arizona Princess Program, an annual Christmas Celebration, educational scholarships and more. Learn more at

Arizona Center for the Handicapped (ARCH)
The Arizona Center for the Handicapped offers not only therapeutic recreational opportunities, but also creates an environment of independent learning by offering participants their choice of ongoing classes held throughout the afternoon and early evening. Call 602.230.2226 or visit for more information.

Our neighborhood of five lovely homes promotes a safe environment for building upon each other’s strengths. This is accomplished with a mutually supportive team that includes our residents, their parents and a dedicated, trained and caring staff. We invite you to tour the Goldensun campus and residential community center in west Phoenix. For more information, contact Kristin Yoder at 623.234.3516 or visit

We have designed our Shea Campus specifically with your needs in mind. Please provide our Special Ministries with feedback on your visit and any suggestions you have because we want to make our campus a welcoming environment and a wonderful experience for you and your family.

Resources for Hearing and Visually Impaired Persons

  • FM Hearing Receiver System in Worship Center: pick up equipment at sound booth
  • Words to worship songs and scripture on large screens in every worship services at all campuses

Resources to learn more about the Special Needs community

  • We have a Special Ministry Library, located in D106, where you may borrow books on a variety of topics. View our Library Book List.
  • We have an index of useful special needs support organizations that provide valuable information and resources on a variety of topics. View our list of resources.

All volunteers in our Special Ministries program are background and reference checked. They are also trained in emergency procedures and abide by the rule of three, ensuring each child or adult is always with a group of three or more people. Security cameras throughout our buildings and gated playgrounds provide added security for children or adults who are on our campuses.

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