Special Needs & Disability Ministry

Every person is an integral part
of the body of Christ.

Our desire is to serve families affected by disability. We have ministry opportunities available for all ages, from birth to adulthood. We believe all should be invited to know the love of Christ and use their gifts to serve Him.


Special Needs & Disability Ministry

Our ministry exists to provide a Gospel-centered, inclusive environment for individuals with special needs. We want to serve these individuals and to partner with their families as they participate in the life of the church.

In most situations, we use the buddy system where the individual is matched with a buddy who will provide individual care in a classroom of peers or in our Special Needs & Disability Ministry area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Our ministry team desires to connect with you to develop a plan that best supports your child and your family.

Buddies act as a support to our ministry participants. The primary goal is to help each child hear and understand the Gospel. Each buddy’s role may differ depending on the individual needs of the child.

Yes. We want everyone to be able to participate in Fellowship events. Please contact our Special Needs & Disability Ministry team to discuss details.


Our Rogers Campus is a rEcess site, offering a "Parent’s Night Out" one night a month for special needs children and their siblings. Visit 99Balloons.org/recess to learn more.


Our 7-12th grade students have the option to participate in Fellowship Student Ministry worship and teaching time. Students also have the opportunity to attend Cell Group with their peers during the week. If a buddy is required for either setting, please talk to the Special Needs & Disability Ministry team and we can find a plan that best works for your student.

During the 10:30am service, students may choose to participate in a small, structured class facilitated by Special Needs & Disability Ministry.


During the 8:45 am service, adults experiencing disability can attend a community group facilitated by Special Needs & Disability Ministry.

Special Needs & Disability Ministry participants have the opportunity to use their gifts to serve the church body during the 10:30am service.


Our Rogers Campus is a bEfriend site, offering monthly gatherings for adults experiencing disability. bEfriend meets once a month to have fun and develop intentional friendships. Visit 99balloons.org/bEfriend to learn more. To sign-up, contact Morgan Ward.

Serve with Special Needs & Disability Ministry

The vision of Fellowship's Special Needs & Disability Ministry is to share the love of Jesus Christ with families affected by disability. There are many ways to be a friend to a family experiencing disability.

If you are interested in serving with us in any capacity, please fill out the form below and a staff member will be in touch.

  • Serve as a Special Needs & Disability Ministry buddy for children, teens, or adults with special needs during any of our services.
  • Serve as a Special Needs & Disability Ministry buddy for children at rEcess respite events.
  • Help facilitate or participate in a community gathering of teens with disabilities.
  • Partner with bEfriend Host Team to foster intentional community for adults affected by disability.
  • Join the Special Needs & Disability Ministry Prayer Team.
  • Prepare a meal for a family whose child is sick or hospitalized.
  • Write notes of encouragement to parents or adult participants.

Yes, I'd like to serve!


All are welcome at Fellowship Bible Church NWA. We strive to make our campuses accessible to all. Click here to learn more.

Special Needs & Disability Staff

Lauren Weatherly
Lauren Weatherly
Special Needs & Disability Ministry
Team Leader
Karen Campbell
Karen Campbell
Special Needs & Disability Ministry