Faith Supports

We offer faith support that makes it possible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become active members of their faith community.

Connecting through Christ

Many of the people we support tell us the connection to their communities began in their congregation. For many, church was the first time they’d ever experienced a sense of being part of something bigger; being empowered to give back to the community or have the feeling of oneness that comes when a person is respected and valued as an equal member of a community.

To achieve this, Bethesda’s ministry consultants facilitate opportunities for people with disabilities to connect to faith communities of their choice. We work with congregations across the nation.

  • In New Jersey, a local pastor hosts a weekly bible study for a group of roommates.
  • In Oregon, Bethesda finds a volunteer to drive a young woman across town so she can go to her church.
  • In Missouri, a man's distinct and beautiful voice is missed by the community when he’s not there to sing in the choir.

Bethesda’s Religious Life team works collaboratively to make connections that benefit the people we support, staff and congregations. The team provides training and education for congregations, church leaders and other religious organizations to promote the importance of spiritual support for people with developmental disabilities. Together with our partners, we help people with developmental disabilities and their families connect and fully participate in the life of the Christian community of their choice.

As a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, we are an independent service provider committed to fostering the mission and ministry of the church. We maintain and respect the practice of the church and its ongoing commitment to the people we support.

Bethesda’s mission is motivated by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. We welcome all people to be part of our community. Our staff at Bethesda assists the people we support in pursuing the faith of their choice.

Faith resources

At Bethesda, we’re committed to providing comprehensive resources to congregations and people of all abilities, so together we can grow in our faith as brothers and sisters in Christ.


To learn more about Bethesda’s faith supports and resources for congregations and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, contact us.