Guidelines for the Role of All Leaders

Every Leader plays an important role in creating a loving, accepting environment for Members. This should not be underestimated! People with disabilities can often feel overlooked in social situations. Interacting with them is a powerful way of conveying Christ's love.

Socialise with Members
The best (but most underestimated) way you can help is to give attention to Members so that they know they are loved. This may mean chatting or simply sitting with them, rather than chatting with other Leaders.

Participate in the activities, like games
By participating in activities, you are not only encouraging Members to also participate, but you are also letting them know that you see them as peers, rather than people you are looking after.

Encourage appropriate behaviour
To ensure that Jesus Club is a safe environment, it is important that Leaders respectfully administer any rules. Rules may vary across Clubs but generally include things like "Handshakes are best" or "Use polite language". Be mindful when administering rules that Jesus Club is a program for adults, not children. Therefore, speak to the Members in a respectful tone and be cautious of not sounding patronising.

Guidelines for Jesus Club Rules

Supervise the Members
Keep an eye on Members and make sure they do not wander away from the main group. If a Member is wandering away, you may need to ask them firmly but politely to follow you back into the main room.

Practical assistance
People with intellectual disabilities sometimes need assistance carrying out daily functions, such as walking up stairs, going to the bathroom and carrying their belongings. They may also need assistance with activities that require fine motor skills, such as cutting and writing during craft time. As much as possible, try to encourage Members to be independent and use their own skills. You will need to judge how much assistance you give each Member according to their individual abilities.