Who Are We?

Rising Above Ministries is a non-profit organization dedicated to ministering to special needs families. Rising Above Ministries is founded on the belief that everyone is wonderfully made, created by God with a plan and a purpose and destined to reflect His glory. Based in Cookeville Tennessee, Rising Above works through chapters and affiliates; national retreats, conferences, and events; and directly with churches across the country.
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Featured Events

By the Brook Retreat and Brookside Events

btb2014evenwith flowerBy the Brook Retreats are pampering weekends just for moms of children with special needs!  Not only will you enjoy luxurious spa time, gourmet meals  you will also receive encouragement, inspiration, dynamic worship and powerful teaching.  All while spending quality time with other moms who "get it".  You'll also experience amazing worship, have fun learning during breakout sessions and leave Refreshed, Restored and Renewed! Brookside is a one-day version of the By the Brook retreat offered in Atlanta and Birmingham.
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SOAR Men's Event Weekends

soar trans-smallJoin with dads of individuals with special needs from all over for a fun weekend just for you!  This weekend's events include a variety of available activities, group sessions, and experiences.  You'll be have time to RELAX  and  RELATE to other men going through similar experiences.  You'll leave with a new RENEWED commitment and passion to be the man God intended you to be for your family.
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Two-gether Retreats and Workshops

two2014Two-gether marriage retreats and workshops are designed for couples raising individuals with special needs.
Raising an individual with special needs is an especially difficult venture that brings unique trials to a marriage resulting in an alarmingly high divorce rate. This weekend provides real life,practical, God-centered teaching, encouragement and application. The events are led by Jeff and Becky Davidson, parents of  a son with special needs themselves.
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For Jonathan's Sake Workshops

Fjs3-smallAt a For Jonathan's Sake Workshop your ministry team will learn how to incorporate individuals with special needs into your current ministries. The workshops provide training, equipping, and vision-casting for special needs and disability ministry.
For Jonathan's Sake Workshops are provided for communities and individual churches.
Individual churches can also arrange for their own For Jonathan's Sake Workshops or simply have Rising Above  provide guidance, assistance, or consulting or resourcing.
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Our Thrive events are designed for the whole family of individuals with special needs. Thrive is a one-day conference with something for everyone in the family who is impacted  by the disability or special needs of a family member. These events are offered periodically in cities around the South.

Chapters, Affiliates, and Connect Groups

Rising Above chapters and affiliates conduct a variety of ministries and programs for the special needs community in their areas. Chapters and affiliates provide moms, dads, or families of children with special needs with Connect Groups, worship services, family events, monthly social activities, signature events, support groups, and a host of programming for those with special needs and their families. Programs vary with each group and in each locale. Connect Groups offer opportunities for special needs parents to engage with other families for support, encouragement, social interaction, and Bible studies specifically written for special needs parents.