Shine Ministry

Shine Ministry seeks to equip and disciple children, students, and adults with disabilities into the life and community of Southeast Christian Church. We believe God has given each of us unique abilities and talents for His glory and our good. As a ministry team, we strive to empower individuals with disabilities to know and love Jesus and others with their unique abilities.

We provide age and developmentally appropriate ways for individuals with disabilities to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ while also building connection and community at Southeast Christian Church. We achieve this through multiple avenues, including, but not limited to, Shine Kids weekend worship, Shine Adults/Teens weekend groups and worship, SE!Kids Classroom Friends and Student Ministry Block Buddies, and annual events like Camp Freedom and the Shine Gala.

As a ministry, we place a significant emphasis on connecting with a weekend group or online group to help grow your faith and build community. Click HERE to see a complete list of weekend groups, or email for details on our online groups.
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Disabilities Ministry

Planning a Visit?

We would love to have you and your family join us for a weekend service at one of our campuses. If you’re considering a visit, PLEASE COMPLETE THIS ONLINE FORM to assist our ministry team in providing the most complete care possible for your student. Pre-registering is not required, but it does allow us to be more fully equipped to serve you and your loved one. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Shine Kids

The Shine Suite at the Blankenbaker Campus offers weekly worship classes for children who benefit from an adapted class with additional space for movement. The class time features worship with a Bible lesson, crafts, and free play. The Shine Suite includes sensory spaces and a play zone for Shine Kids classes. Additionally, each Southeast campus provides Classroom Friends for those needing extra support to attend SE!KIDS programming.

Teens and Adults

Inside the Shine Suite, we offer weekend worship classes for teens and adults for those who prefer smaller groups and a sensory-friendly setting. Here is a list of the weekend worship classes offered at the Blankenbaker Campus:

2:46 Class—Weekly class for teens and tweeners (ages 11-18) with developmental disabilities who join our ministry team for worship, crafts, and a Bible lesson. The 2:46 name points to Luke 2:46 when Jesus, at age 12, was found sitting in the temple among the teachers listening to them and asking questions. Sundays • 9:00 a.m. • Shine Suite

Miracles—Weekly class for adults and teens with developmental disabilities who join our experienced ministry team as we share in worship, crafts, and a Bible lesson. The Shine Suite adults/teens area features classroom seating, soft seating, and sensory spaces. Sundays • 11:15 a.m. • Shine Suite

Wonders—Weekly class for adults and teens with developmental disabilities who join our experienced ministry team as we share in worship, crafts, and a Bible lesson. The Shine Suite adults/teens area features classroom seating, soft seating, and sensory spaces. Thursdays • 6:45 p.m. • Shine Suite

HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) Weekend Group—An integrated adult Weekend Group that focuses on Bible study and serving others. This class is a traditional Sunday School setting where independent adults share life together. Sundays • 10:45 a.m. • ATLR 201

Crestwood Shine Class—Weekly class for adults and teens with developmental disabilities at our Crestwood Campus who join our ministry team as we share in worship, crafts, and a Bible lesson. Sundays • 10:30 a.m. • Crestwood Campus Room 157

Parents of Children with Special Needs

Join us for our weekly Weekend Group, Parents Ability Group, as well as occasional special classes focused on enrichment or the practical needs of our families. Parents Ability Group meets on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. in WC 239.


Camp Freedom—A weekend camp for anyone with developmental disabilities age 10 and older. This camp includes all typical camp experiences modified as needed for the individual camper. Held each summer at Country Lake Christian Retreat, this is a favorite event of the year for many.

Shine Fall Fest—Each year, we celebrate the unique way God made each of us with this joy-filled fall event. This casual family event hosts more than 1,000 guests with developmental disabilities for dancing, games, karaoke, and a whole lot of fun at multiple campuses.

Special Olympics/Special Olympics Young Athletes—We offer a variety of Special Olympics seasonal sports, including basketball, softball, soccer, bowling, and cheerleading. We also offer Special Olympics Young Athletes, which is a family program for children ages 2-7 who have developmental disabilities to practice a variety of pre-sport skills. Contact for more information.

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Deaf Ministry

Deaf Ministry

This community of Christian Deaf and hearing people who connect through Jesus and a shared language strives to reach the 98% of the world’s Deaf who are unchurched. We offer fellowship and ASL interpreting.

Silent Fellowship—A weekend group for Deaf and hearing adults who communicate through American Sign Language.

Online Services—ASL weekend worship service is available each Sunday on the Southeast Christian Church Deaf Ministry Facebook page. Additionally, a closed caption service is streamed live each week at 11:30 a.m. ET through SE Online as well as Southeast Christian Church’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Interpreted Services—The 11:15 a.m. Sunday service at the Blankenbaker Campus and 10:10 a.m. Sunday service at the Southwest Campus are interpreted.

American Sign Language Classes—Throughout the year, we offer classes for beginners and intermediate students wanting to learn to communicate with people who are Deaf.
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Shine Cafe

Launched in November 2021, the Shine Cafe is more than just coffee and snacks but instead is focused primarily on glorifying God by equipping and empowering adults with disabilities to serve in a unique space for Christ-centered community and fellowship. Located at the Blankenbaker Campus, the Shine Cafe provides our baristas with tangible job and life skills as well authentic community where loving God and loving people is the objective. For more information on the Shine Cafe, contact Mary Tatum at

Shine Cafe Hours
Tuesday: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Thursday: 5:30 pm-8:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am-1:00 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

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Camp Freedom 2023 / Camper & Leader Registrations
Camp Freedom is a place where individuals with intellectual developmental and physical disabilities can focus on their unique abilities and have an amazing weekend. Camp Freedom is a typical camp experience for anyone age 10 and older.
Sat, Jun 24
Country Lake Christian Retreat

Mary Tatum

Shine Ministry Leader

P: 502.253.8442

Garett Wall

Shine Connections Minister

P: 502.253.8129

Shelley Roach

Shine Ministry Associate

P: 502.253.8126