Why disability ministry?
About 1 in 50 Australians are estimated to have some form of intellectual disabilities, yet they are one of the most unreached people groups for the gospel. For adults with intellectual disabilities, a faith community where the Bible is shared in a way they understand can make all the difference.
How do we reach this people group?
Jesus Club Community is a Christian organisation dedicated to equipping churches grounded in the Gospel to establish their ministry for adults with intellectual disabilities.
Through our program, Jesus Club, churches create faith communities where adults with intellectual disabilities can embrace life under Christ. Here, the Bible comes alive to members in a meaningful and enjoyable way, while trained leaders demonstrate the gospel practically through their care and support.
At the heart of our program is an inclusive church culture, where people of mixed abilities come together as one body in Christ. This rich tapestry of individuals creates a welcoming environment, making our clubs a place of acceptance, fun, friendship and spiritual growth.
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What training and resources are available?
What is involved for you?
Aside from a genuine love for people with disabilities, all it takes to start a Jesus Club is a team of committed volunteers and the ability to meet basic meeting costs. Most clubs start with only one or two members and grow over time through word of mouth.
A typical Jesus Club schedule
Most churches host their Jesus Club program every fortnightly for 2-2.5 hours.
A typical Jesus Club begins with games and songs, followed by a Bible lesson and Buddy group, and ends with refreshments and other activities.
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