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.
SBC Shea Special Ministries:
SBC Cactus Special Ministries:
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.Special Ministries photos
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 whisperinghoperanch.org.
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 joniandfriends.org
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 azhope.com.
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 archaz.org 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 goldensunonline.org.
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
Resources to learn more about the Special Needs community
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.