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About Jesus Club




Background: 

The
 organsiation behind Jesus Club is called WeBelong Inc. Whelp churches start and operate their own disability ministry. The Jesus Club program (your church may use a different name) is a ministry operated within your church, that aims to make Jesus Christ known to adults with ID through teaching the good news about Jesus Christ; and by genuine friendship with people of all abilities. 

Churches have wanted to be involved in ID ministry but have lacked a model to deploy. We now have over thirteen years’ experience establishing Jesus Club programs in local churches.  


The Jesus Club program opened in 2006 at Christ Church Gladesville. The WeBelong Committee was established to start, train, mentor and support churches to run their own Jesus Club program. In 2013, this mission began expanding to other local churches with each church running their own Jesus Club program.

WeBelong Inc. is an incorporated association, holding a Charitable Fundraising Authority (CFN/22093) and Deductible Gift Recipient status (DGR).

An ID ministry can be daunting, but with love, patience, and our assistance, many churches have found success in running their own program. 


Vision Statement: 

Our vision is a gospel mission; to make Jesus Christ known to people with intellectual disabilities so they can enjoy friendship with God forever. 


Mission Statement: 

  1. 1. To help churches establish intellectual disability ministries, and  

  1. 2. To continue to support those ministries.  

Objectives: 

  • Churches have wanted to be involved in ID ministry but have lacked a model to deploy. WeBelong now has over thirteen years’ experience establishing Jesus Club programs in local churches. An ID ministry can be daunting, but with love, patience, and our assistance, many churches have found success in running their own program.

  • To inspire and encourage churches to establish their own Jesus Club program.

  • To train and support new Club Coordinators to lead their church’s program.

  • To assist in training new volunteer leaders.

  • To provide resource options such as modules of Bible-teaching lessons, games, craft ideas, and safety guidelines for working with people with ID.

Who we are:  

Brad and Lucy doing a craft activity at Jesus Club Gladesville.

Our members are adults from all walks of life. Some live alone, some live with parents or friends, some do paid work and some don’t. Our members have intellectual disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, autism, Fragile X Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome and any other kind of intellectual impairment. Some of our members are literate, many are not, some love to dance, most love refreshments time.

Our leaders are Christians who volunteer with the fortnightly program. Some love chatting with members, some make yummy sandwiches, some have prior experience in the disability field, but most don't. All leaders have a desire to see our members enjoying a friendship with God. Together leaders and members join in the program's activities and help each other know Jesus Christ.

Our host churches are local churches that care about people with disabilities and run a Jesus Club program. A Jesus Club is sometimes run by a group of local churches rather than just one. Some of the clubs have dozens of members but most clubs have about 5-15.

What Happens at a Jesus Club Program?: 



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Club story: A Day in the Life of a Jesus Club Volunteer

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