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 annual events like Camp Freedom and Shine Fall Fest.

We currently offer weekend worship programming at several of our campuses. We have additional details on some of our programming options listed below, while our Shine Ministry Newsletter has more information as well.
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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

We currently offer Shine Kids programming at three campuses – Blankenbaker, Indiana and Southwest – allowing us to minister to children who benefit from an adapted class with additional space for movement. These classes feature worship with a Bible lesson, crafts and activities as well as free play. At our Blankenbaker Campus, our Shine Ministry Suite is a large, dedicated worship space allowing for more students and a greater reach for our ministry. In addition to our Shine Kids classes, we also partner with our SE!Kids Ministry to train and provide Classroom Friends for those students needing extra support in a typical children’s ministry setting.

Shine Adults and Teens

We currently offer Shine programming for Adults and Teens at four campuses – Blankenbaker, Bullitt County, Crestwood and Southwest. Those classes allow us to minister to our Shine friends who prefer smaller groups and sensory-friendly settings. Here is a brief overview of the Shine Adults and Teens Classes offered across our campuses.

Blankenbaker—We have classes for Adults and Teens on Thursday at 6:30 pm (Wonders Class) and Sunday at 11:15 am (Miracles Class) in the Shine Suite as well as a class for Teens (2:46 Class) on Sunday at 9 am. Each of those are weekly classes for our friends 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.

We also have the HOPE Weekend Group, which is 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. The HOPE Group meets each Sunday at 10:45 am in ATCR 207 at our Blankenbaker Campus.

Bullitt County—Our Shine Bullitt County Class for Adults and Teens is a weekly class for our friends with developmental disabilities who join our ministry team as we share in worship, crafts, and a Bible lesson. This class meets each Thursday at 6:45 pm in the Student Ministry Room at our Bullitt County Campus.

Crestwood—Our Shine Crestwood Class for Adults/Teens is a weekly class for our friends with developmental disabilities who join our ministry team as we share in worship, crafts, and a Bible lesson. This class meets each Sunday at 10:30 am in Room 157 at our Crestwood Campus.

Southwest—Our Shine Southwest Class for Adults/Teens is a weekly class for our friends with developmental disabilities who join our ministry team as we share in worship, crafts, and a Bible lesson. This class meets each Sunday at 9:30 am in Living Room 5 at our Southwest Campus.

Parents of Children with Special Needs

Join us for our weekly Shine Parents Weekend Group where we focus on the enrichment and practical needs of our Shine families. Our Shine Parents Weekend Group meets each Sunday at 10:45 am in ATLR 202.


Camp Freedom—An action-packed weekend designed to help campers age 10 years and older with an intellectual, developmental, and/or physical disability experience Summer camp in a way they most enjoy. Held each summer at Country Lake Christian Retreat, this is a favorite event of the year for many of our Shine friends. You can learn more about Camp Freedom here.

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 – Blankenbaker, Crestwood, Indiana, and Southwest.

Special Olympics—We offer a variety of Special Olympics seasonal sports, including basketball, softball, bowling, bocce and cheerleading. For more information on Special Olympics with Shine Ministry, contact Garett Wall at 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 Shelley Roach 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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SHINE Disabilities Ministry Family Movie Night

Bring your favorite seats/chairs/blankets (if you'd like) and get ready for an evening of fun for the whole family with a free movie, popcorn, and crafts.

Bullitt County

Fri, Jul 19

Worship Center

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