Start A Club
Whether you're ready to start a club or just curious about incorporating an intellectual disability (ID) ministry into your church, we’d love to talk to you and get a conversation started.
Jesus Club Ministries (JCM) is a Christian organisation that helps any church grounded in the Gospel to establish their own ministry for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID).
We focus on an inclusive church culture filled with people of mixed abilities to create Jesus Clubs that are a place of fun, friendship and for learning the Gospel message, for adults with and without intellectual disabilities.
Starting a Jesus Club is easy!
You don’t need a large team or a ready group of members.
Most clubs start with only one or two members and grow over time through word of mouth. More important is your love for people with ID to know Jesus Christ, and we will provide the rest.
What is involved for you?
Aside from a genuine love for people with ID, all it takes to start a Jesus Club is a team of committed volunteers and the ability to meet basic meeting costs.
We are a non-profit organisation funded entirely by donations. Therefore we encourage participating churches to make a regular monthly or annual contribution to help meet our ongoing cost of training and resourcing your Jesus Club. Our operational costs are around $5,000 per month.
You will need a team of leaders and one coordinator to run your Jesus Club. The coordinator should be a mature Christian with leadership experience. Disability experience is not necessary, just a heart for seeing people with ID come to know Christ.
A typical schedule
Most churches host their Jesus Club program every fortnightly for 2-2.5 hours.
A typical Jesus Club program begins with games and songs, followed by a Bible lesson and Buddy group, and ends with refreshments and other activities.