Special Needs Ministry

Our mission is to empower and provide support to individuals with special needs and their families by facilitating an accepting community in which to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Upcoming Events

Our program provides individualized support during weekend services to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in their specific ministry environment.

Additionally, we encourage individuals with special needs to serve their church community at a level that is appropriate for them. Everyone is welcome!

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Interested in volunteering? We need volunteers who have a passion for special needs to serve in our ministry in a variety of capacities. You don’t have to be an expert — we’ll equip and train you.

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All families deserve a place to connect, feel encouraged and find support along their journey. Welcoming families impacted by special needs, Family Connect Night meets every month , 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Raleigh and Apex campuses. Bring your entire family!

2019 Dates and Registration:


Sept. 19, 2019

Oct. 17, 2019

Nov. 21, 2019

Dec. 19, 2019


Sept. 25, 2019

Oct. 23, 2019

Nov. 20, 2019

Dec. 18, 2019

Register for Raleigh

Register for Apex

Parent/Caregiver Connect

A monthly gathering for parents and caregivers to connect through sharing, laughter and prayer. Monthly topics will center around raising a child with special needs while growing together in their relationship with Jesus.

Sibling Connect

Being a sibling to someone with special needs is an incredible blessing that can also be hard for some people to understand. This night gives siblings the opportunity to connect with others. Fifth through 12th grade.

Care Connect 

Trained special needs ministry volunteers provide loving care for individuals with special needs and elementary-age siblings during this time.

Offered at the Raleigh campus at the 4:15 p.m. service on Saturday and at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday at Apex, participants (high school and older) attend worship then join us in a classroom for teaching and connection on a developmentally appropriate level. Questions? Contact us at specialneeds@gethope.net

For questions about our Special Needs Ministry, contact the special needs coordinator at 919-532-0620 X237 or email specialneeds@gethope.net.

Special Needs Director

Jessica Benninghoff

My husband and I can now worship together knowing that Claire is safe and cared for by someone who knows her issues and accepts her as the child of God she is! We are thrilled to be a part of the Buddy Ministry and feel that her buddy, Cathy, is part of our family!”

– Carolyn M. (Morrisville campus)