Our guest today is Craig Johnson, founder of Champions Club, a ministry model for kids with disabilities in the church that can be easily replicated at any church of any size. Join us today as we talk about how Champions Club works, why it works, and how the curriculum makes it to easy to minister to kids with disabilities.
From the show:
Champions Club is a specially designed developmental area for kids, youth, and adults with disabilities. The goal is to develop a program that meets the developmental needs of children in four important ways, SPIRITUALLY, INTELLECTUALLY, MENTALLY, and PHYSICALLY. The focus is on spiritual growth through God’s Word, developing the intellect of each participant through the five senses, educationally through various learning tools, as well as engaging the child physically during active gross motor fun. We can adapt Champions Clubs to a school or public facility environment. Now there are Champions Clubs in schools, churches, and facilities all across America and around the world.
Craig shares how being a special needs dad, and being in charge of the different ministries at Lakewood Church, he felt God speaking to him about doing something for special needs families
The main two elements when creating champions club was first, dealing with the rejection is prevalent for special needs families. They wanted to have everything set up so that nobody would be turned away. Second, it had to serve the parents as much as it served the children.
Champions Club includes four stations, and children rotate between the four stations.
Church leading the way.
Champions Club has a desire to lead the way in what it means to include and develop children with disabilities.
Kids learn how they respond to God, and how God responds to them.
Champions Club is a model that is easily duplicated regardless of church size or budget. It focuses on inclusion, belonging, and developing of kids with disabilities.
Learn more about Champions Club HERE.
The most important training of leaders has to do with their heart response to people with disabilities. If they understand the need, the message, and grab the passion for it, that passion spreads to more people.
Most people do not have anything for special needs, including publishers who put our curriculum for children. Champions Club created a curriculum specifically written and created to connect with the hearts and minds of children with disabilities.