“The biggest benefit of Night to Shine is how it connected our church to the un-churched people in our community. It was the best thing in the past 30 years that I’ve been the pastor.”
“I can’t put into words how amazingly beautiful Night to Shine was. So many precious moments but this one…is seared on my heart. Dancing…with so many of our honored guests is where time stops, life comes into full focus, and joy gushes like Niagara Falls in my soul.”
“Just like last year, our church was blessed beyond anything we could have imagined. As pastor, I am so overwhelmed, literally, to see so many of our people step up and serve so selflessly.”
Night to Shine is a worldwide movement, led by churches, that shares the love of Jesus and celebrates the worth and value of people with special needs.
The Tim Tebow Foundation provides support and resources that enable the church to host a prom reaching people in their community with special needs.
On one night, always the Friday before Valentine’s Day, we invite your church to join us and hundreds of other churches to eternally impact individuals living with disability.
People with special needs are one of the largest under-reached people groups in the world for the Gospel.
An estimated 80% to 85% of churches do not currently have a ministry for individuals and families living with disability.
Almost 1/3 of families surveyed who are part of faith communities said they have left at least one church because their child was not included or welcomed.
“I thought God had given up on me and abandoned me. Tonight (at Night to Shine) I know God loves my child and me and that the church loves and accepts us for who we are. My faith in God has been restored.”
“I was struck by the compassion and generosity of good people who love my daughter …just the way she is. My utmost gratitude goes out to every person with a kind heart and warm smile who joyfully gathers (my daughter) into the fold, letting her know without a doubt she belongs.”
“I want to sincerely express my gratitude to all those who made the event possible. My sister, 64, always wanted to go to prom and she’s finally had her wish come true. I couldn’t stop crying as she walked down the red carpet. The joy on her face was priceless.”
“Four years ago, Reece attended his first Night to Shine prom. It was that night that I saw hope in front of me. Hope for my son’s future. Hope that there are genuine people who truly care for and love people with special needs. Hope that he will be included and have genuine friends. Hope that Reece will be treated with that dignity and respect that every person deserves.
“I’ve never been really big on this whole church and ‘God thing,’ but seeing you all live it (through Night to Shine) and not just say it makes me think that I need to know more.”
“The cheers for him are overwhelming. He is so happy and it feels so honoring to see him celebrated and enjoyed, just like any young adult at a prom would be celebrated and enjoyed! For him to experience this, it feels like a taste of what heaven will be like – where we will all be equally loved and no disabilities will exist.”
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We believe the Church is not complete without people with disabilities. We also believe the Bible is clear in its call to serve and care for the most vulnerable among us (Isaiah 58:10, Luke 14:12-14) and that people with special needs are often some of the most under-reached and overlooked individuals in every community. Jesus Christ, during His ministry on earth, perfectly modeled caring for the most vulnerable – many of His recorded miracles were performed for people with special needs.
Not only are we confident that serving people with special needs is biblical, but we also believe Night to Shine creates a unique opportunity to engage your congregation, as well as many members of your local community who may otherwise never step foot in a church. Local businesses donating goods or services, college students volunteering and local government officials being involved; we have seen incredibly diverse groups come together around one purpose – celebrating and loving individuals and families experiencing disability.
Night to Shine takes place annually on the Friday before Valentine’s Day. This coming year, the event will be held around the globe on Friday, February 9, 2024.
The events are held simultaneously on the same date worldwide. Exceptions are typically only made in the event of a weather cancellation or other unavoidable circumstance.
Night to Shine is a celebration! Every honored guest enters this complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe-shining stations, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, gifts, a Respite Room for parents and caregivers, and, of course, dancing! The evening concludes with a crowning moment where every single honored guest is crowned and receives a crown or tiara!
The total cost to host Night to Shine varies considerably from church to church depending on the number of honored guests participating, location, discounts or donations a church may be able to secure for various goods and services needed for Night to Shine, etc.
However, as a guideline, we encourage churches planning to host an average sized Night to Shine event (about 150 guests with special needs) to budget at least $6,500-$8,500. For events of 200 or more guests with special needs, we would encourage increasing the budget to at least $10,000 and on from there depending on the number of guests and the level of extravagance planned (in addition to the standard event expectations shared by TTF).
TTF provides churches with the opportunity to apply for a financial grant to help in covering the cost of hosting the event.
Regarding staffing the event, we would encourage each church to have at least one church staff member who is able to be an integral part of the planning process and communicate on behalf of your church, even if you choose to have your event led primarily by volunteers. Regardless of whether you choose to have the event fully staff-led or volunteer-led, we would highly encourage your church to assemble a core planning team that can divide and share the responsibilities of hosting. From planning out décor and working with vendors, to inviting, registering and communicating with honored guests and volunteers, etc. Planning tasks can be assigned to various members of your core planning team based on their interests and skills. TTF staff will not be present on site at each location to plan or execute the events.
The Tim Tebow Foundation provides the following resources to every Night to Shine host church:
The Tim Tebow Foundation also provides the opportunity for churches to apply for a financial grant of up to $6,500 their first year.
Each church is responsible for planning and hosting their local expression of Night to Shine. Our prayer is that this event becomes part of the DNA of each host church and will continue to be a ministry supported by the whole community for years to come.
The Tim Tebow Foundation will provide support and resources to assist your church in planning the event but will not organize or plan each individual event. Also, while TTF staff may attend various Night to Shine events on February 9, 2024, we fully trust each host church to execute their event and any visits from TTF staff are simply meant to encourage and share in the celebration of Night to Shine and each honored guest.
After Night to Shine, we sincerely pray your church and congregation will continue to invest in your community of people with special needs. After the success and growth of Night to Shine in the first few years, families and church leaders expressed a deep need for community and celebration beyond one night a year. Following much prayer and relationship-building with world-class organizations, in 2018 Shine On was created to equip and encourage churches to embrace and offer belonging to families experiencing disability.
Shine On, a ministry of the Tim Tebow Foundation, equips the global Church and families living with disability with innovative resources, training, and programs to eliminate barriers and cultivate life-giving community.
For access to hundreds of free resources on a range of topics from key insights on disability and vision for pastors and leaders, to training, curriculum and support for the whole family all in one place, visit http://shineon.timtebowfoundation.org.
In 2014, what started as a unique way to celebrate the foundation’s 5-year anniversary, sparked what is now a worldwide movement that has reached 46 different countries and celebrated thousands of people with special needs annually.
Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs is held simultaneously around the globe on the Friday before Valentine’s Day every year. It’s not just a prom, it’s an invitation into a community that values, honors, and celebrates people with special needs and their families.
Over the past eight years we have truly seen this event transform into a movement of the Holy Spirit through churches, volunteers, and supporters all seeking to give glory to God by celebrating and advocating for people with disabilities and the value of life. The effect has been astounding as we have witnessed God begin to change the very culture in countries that have traditionally rejected people with special needs and rally the church worldwide to stand up for some of the most vulnerable, boldly proclaiming the name of Jesus through word and action.
The mission of the Tim Tebow Foundation is to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. This mission is being fulfilled every day through 16 initiatives in the fields of Orphan Care + Prevention, Special Needs, Children with Profound Medical Needs, and Anti-Human Trafficking. To learn more about how the Tim Tebow Foundation is serving the world’s most vulnerable and sharing God’s love by fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves, visit www.timtebowfoundation.org.