The deaf and disabled communities have proven to be a hard-to-reach population for the church but reaching the deaf and disabled communities is one of the most effective ways to introduce new people to Christ. However, the problem of neglecting the spiritual needs of the deaf and disabled communities persists. Does the church need a reminder as to why it exists? Perhaps.
Here are three things the church leaders need to know about the disabled community: The deaf, blind, and disabled communities to include the poor, widows, and elderly, exist so that the church will be blessed. John 9:1–3 states:
1. The deaf, blind, and disabled communities to include the poor, widows, and elderly exists so that the church will be blessed. John 9:1–3 states:
As he passed by, he (Jesus) saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.
2. The purpose of spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12) is established in the church’s needs (the existence of the deaf and disabled community represents problems within the church):
Discovering the needs of the community is not enough to have a ministry. The church must then fit those needs with the people God has given them. This requires knowing the gifts and personalities God has provided for that church as embodied in its members. 
3. Church leadership is established within the needs of the church. “Leadership that follows the instructions of the Bible (Matt. 28:18–20) brings the church to maturity and service.” Mobilizing others to act is a must, but there may be reasons why church leaders go sour at times, namely:
A pastor may also hinder laity mobilization simply because of their inexperience. Many pastors are never trained in training centers or mobilize other Christians for service, and their skills are inadequate and thus limit the church’s growth in body life. Leaders must understand that for the church to be in renewal and development; it must be equipped for change, for meeting the new challenges and the ever-changing context of the church and surrounding communities.
Hence, church leadership must be in place, and the ability to meet the needs of the disabled community proves that the church is doing what it says it can and should do.
In an article examining special education, which is needed in churches, the disabled population asks for inclusion in the world and the church. The disabled community wants people to know the following:
They are normal, that they have a voice and that they have rights. They feel that they should be able to sit in the service in the church, even if they make noise, because that is how they worship Jesus. In addition, they do not want pity but to live extraordinary and beautiful lives.
Each church member needs to ask themselves a question, “what am I being prepared for? Effective church leadership assesses its member’s strengths, skills, spiritual gifts and requires them to use them to empower people to act. In all honesty, the church is one casualty short of being deemed “dead,” if not already, and “accursed” because of not meeting the needs of its members, namely the disabled members. The church should strive to meet the spiritual needs of all its members and overflow into the communities, for “the Lord has given authority to trample on snakes, and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy… (Luke 10:19).
Lastly, the church exists to join Christ in destroying the enemy’s works to include the result of man’s fallen nature from sin, manifesting as disabilities and insufficiencies. What does the church have to say about this? Will church leaders rise to the occasion, go back to the word of God, take notes, get out of their heads, into their hearts, and seek to do the Lord’s will? Churches need to know that the spiritual needs of the disabled are neglected. Church leaders are walking a dangerously thin line as they conduct business that does not fall within the church community’s actual needs, especially the marginalized, deaf, and disabled communities.
 Peter L. Wright, and Ruby L. Owiny. “SPECIAL NEEDS GOES TO CHURCH: A SPECIAL EDUCATION PRIMER FOR MINISTRY.” Christian Education Journal 13, no. 1 (Spring, 2016): 85–108, http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.proquest.com%2Fscholarly-journals%2Fspecial-needs-goes-church-education-primer%2Fdocview%2F1786526200%2Fse-2%3Faccountid%3D12085.