Disability and Special Needs Ministry

The All People Initiative educates and resources church leaders to integrate people with disabilities and special needs into every aspect of the local church. 

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Church Self-Assessment

Take the next step toward deeper engagement with people affected by disabilities and special needs


Join us for an affinity group meeting or a webinar to learn more about disability and special needs ministry

People with disabilities and specials needs are one of the largest unreached communities in the nation. About 56.7 million people—19% of the U.S. population—had a disability in 2010. More than half reported the disability was severe, and only 5 to 10% of the world’s disabled are reached with the gospel. 

Over 80% of churches in the U.S. lack a special needs ministry. Children with special needs likely never attend worship services, and more than half of special needs parents reported that their child with a disability had been excluded at church. The All People Initiative helps equip churches to better serve those with disabilities and special needs by providing resources, networking opportunities and trainings.

“We started our ministry by serving one family. We had somebody else teaching a lesson for one student and from there we trusted God’s plan and today, over a decade later, we have a major ministry.” —Beth Castile

Disability and special needs ministry has its challenges, but it is a significant opportunity to extend gospel ministries. The All People Initiative offers training, best practices and resources to make your church a more welcoming place for people and families with disabilities and special needs to hear the gospel. We encourage you to take our church self-assessment to get started. 

Find a Coach

If you’re ready to take the next step, an All People Initiative team member is available to consult with you.  Please take a few moments to fill out our form to get started.


Contact Us

Ben Johnson

Director, Disability and Special Needs Ministry