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Get the conversation started

Whether you’re ready to start a club or just curious about incorporating an intellectual disability ministry into your church, we’d love to get a conversation started. Our Jesus Club trainers are available to present at your church.

     Contact our club growth and liaison manager, Dr Mel Fung on 0402 545 565 or mel@jesusclub.org.au.

     Contact our operations manager, Josh Reid on josh@jesusclub.org.au.

We all belong at your church

WeBelong Inc. is a Christian organisation which helps local churches start their own ministry for adults with intellectual disabilities. Creating an inclusive church culture for people of mixed abilities takes time, but an easy first step is to start a Jesus Club.

WeBelong aims to make Jesus Christ known to people with intellectual disabilities so they can enjoy a friendship with God forever.

WeBelong makes starting a Jesus Club easy, rewarding and lots of fun; and now 14 local churches across Sydney host a Jesus Club intellectual disability ministry in their own church. These include several Anglican churches, and now two Baptist churches at Thornleigh and Beverly Hills.

Adults with an intellectual disability

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012), 3% of the Australian population has an intellectual disability. Yet this percentage is often underrepresented in our churches.

A diagnosis of an intellectual disability is given to individuals who have an IQ of 70 or lower. People with intellectual disabilities can take longer to learn and may have difficulty with memory and problem-solving. Common intellectual disabilities include Down Syndrome and some people with autism also have an intellectual disability. Sometimes an intellectual disability is not genetic but the result of an acquired brain injury.

Children with disabilities tend to be occupied with lots of activities, like school five days a week. When they reach adulthood, there are fewer activities for them and some may only have two or three days of structured routine. This means adults with intellectual disabilities are hungry for social activity and keen to join community initiatives, such as a Jesus Club at your church.

An eager people group


What we love about this mission is that people with intellectual disabilities are so keen to come to church. In fact, most of the people who came to the first Jesus Club when it opened in 2006 are still attending today.

For adults with intellectual disabilities, it’s a daily experience to be left out of conversations and feel excluded. Our members love coming to Jesus Club where people take a genuine interest in them. Our volunteer leaders often tell us that the experience of helping out is rewarding and provides them with a meaningful way to serve at church. We focus on an inclusive church culture filled with people of mixed abilities. Your church’s Jesus Club is a place of fun, friendship and learning the Gospel message, for adults with and without an intellectual disability.

A Gospel focus


WeBelong starts Jesus Clubs with a mission focus on teaching the Bible. We’re constantly improving our library of Bible lessons, games and craft concepts, where the message of Jesus Christ and His free gift of eternal life is proclaimed - at a level our members can comprehend.

What does a Jesus Club look like?

This is what a typical Jesus Club program looks like. Most churches run their program fortnightly for 2-2.5 hours.

What does a church need to do to set up a club?

Your church provides the team of people to run the program. WeBelong provides the necessary support, training and resources.

     We have a growing library of over 100 Bible lessons written specifically for adults with an intellectual disability, which become available to you when you start a Jesus Club. All you need to do is download the instructions and worksheets.

     We facilitate the initial Orientation Training Workshop.

     We host an annual conference for club coordinators and leaders.

     We provide ongoing training, mentoring, resources and support.

Who runs the club?

Most Jesus Clubs are coordinated by volunteer congregation members, not church staff. Coordinators of the program don’t require any disability experience. The coordinator should be a mature Christian with leadership experience in your church. Other volunteer leaders will be trained and guided by the coordinator.

How much does it cost to run the Jesus Club program?

Your local Jesus Club program at your church is inexpensive to run and costs are usually covered by charging members $5 per meeting.

WeBelong Inc. helps local churches set up their own Jesus Club and we continually provide  new resources: Bible lessons, games and craft concepts to help you start and continue running your own club.

Our operational costs are around $5,000 per month and we are funded by tax deductible donations. We encourage churches to consider making a regular monthly or  annual contribution to WeBelong Inc. to help us continue providing mentoring, support and new resources to your local church’s Jesus Club ministry. And to continue starting new clubs.

What gospel impact do Jesus Clubs have?

Read our stories of impact at https://www.jesusclub.org.au/stories    

Get the conversation started

Whether you’re ready to start a club or just curious about incorporating an intellectual disability ministry into your church, we’d love to get a conversation started. Our Jesus Club trainers are available to present at your church.

     Contact our club growth and liaison manager, Dr Mel Fung on 0402 545 565 or mel@jesusclub.org.au.

     Contact our operations manager, Josh Reid on josh@jesusclub.org.au.


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