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Welcome to Champions Club!

Champions Club is a special needs ministry,  specialized in ministering to and designing developmental areas for kids, teens, and adults with special needs and the medically fragile. We have developed a program that meets the developmental needs of individuals with special needs in four important ways: SPIRITUALLY, INTELLECTUALLY, MENTALLY, and PHYSICALLY. Our focus is on spiritual growth through God’s Word, developing the intellect of each participant through the five senses, educationally through various learning tools, as well as engaging the child physically during active gross motor fun. Our hope is to point those with extraordinary needs to their destiny and help them navigate how to get there. Champions Clubs can be adapted to a school or public facility environment. Now there are Champions Clubs in schools, churches, and facilities all across America and around the world. It would be our honor to help you start your Champions Club or special needs ministry!

Watch this inspirational video of how Champions Clubs began and find out more about Champions Club.

Buy The Champions Curriculum

Join our free Champions Family Membership created for parents with children with special needs!

Join the Champions Membership Program for Churches and take your ministry to the next level!

About Champions Club

There are over 30 million kids and teens in America alone with special needs. That means millions of families cannot take their children to church because they don’t have adequate programs for their needs. In other countries around the world the need can be even greater. As more families with special needs children came in to Lakewood Church, we began to recognize that God wanted us to do something. These families were feeling rejected in society and feeling rejection from the church. We knew we needed to extend God’s love and acceptance to these amazing families. In 2005, upon moving into our new facility, Champions Club became the dream and desire of Lakewood Church to help families with special needs children. In March 2008, Champions Club became a reality for Lakewood Church. As Champions Clubs have expanded throughout the United States and in countries around the world our team offers help through consultation, training, fundraising, and speaking to help churches, schools and organizations launch their own special needs program. If you would like more information contact us at info@championsclub.org

“Special needs is rising at an alarming rate around the world. Every country I visit says the same thing: “we are meeting more families with special needs needing help and we don’t know how to help them.” Autism is now the #1 developmental disability in the world. These families are hurting, feel rejected and forgotten. But there is hope.” Pastor Craig Johnson, Founder

https://youtu.be/cKhwB9p37pk

News

Shop Champions Club Merchandise!

So many of you love the CHAMPION shirt we released last year and you’ve seen them in our online Champions Curriculum videos every week. And now you can purchase them online!

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There Is Hope For Your Family!

If you haven't heard, yet, the Champions Family Facebook Group is the place to go to find life-giving encouragement and helpful information for families with special needs. Inside you'll find: Daily Devotions & Declarations, Hope For Your Marriage, Group Counseling,...

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Locations

The locations below already use the Champions Club model. Join us in serving special needs children. We would love to add you to this list!

Church On The Rock (St. Peters, MO)

Church On The Rock (St. Peters, MO)

Reach Church (White Plains, NY)

Reach Church (White Plains, NY)

Vibrant Church (Columbus, MS)

Vibrant Church (Columbus, MS)

C3 New Hope Blue Mountains (New South Wales, Australia)

C3 New Hope Blue Mountains (New South Wales, Australia)

MCA Church (Anchorage, AK)

MCA Church (Anchorage, AK)

Valley Church (Vacaville, CA)

Valley Church (Vacaville, CA)

Household of Christ (Pretoria, South Africa)

Household of Christ (Pretoria, South Africa)

Influencers Church (Adelaide, Australia)

Influencers Church (Adelaide, Australia)

Bay Area Church (League City, TX)

Bay Area Church (League City, TX)

Triumph Church (Stafford, TX)

Triumph Church (Stafford, TX)

Believers Church (Warren. OH)

Believers Church (Warren. OH)

Faith Family Church (Victoria, TX)

Faith Family Church (Victoria, TX)

Makarios Autism Center (Lithopolis, OH)

Makarios Autism Center (Lithopolis, OH)

Little Miracles Pre-School (Tuggerah, Australia)

Little Miracles Pre-School (Tuggerah, Australia)

Storyside Church (Bellville, OH)

Storyside Church (Bellville, OH)

RCA Church (Ridgecrest, CA)

RCA Church (Ridgecrest, CA)

City First Church (Cape Coral, FL)

City First Church (Cape Coral, FL)

Beech Springs Church (Pelzer, SC)

Beech Springs Church (Pelzer, SC)

Influencers Church (Atlanta, GA)

Influencers Church (Atlanta, GA)

Hogares Luz y Vida Orphanage (Bogota, Colombia)

Granite United Church (Salem, NH)

Granite United Church (Salem, NH)

Experience Church (Fairfield, CA)

Experience Church (Fairfield, CA)

Highway Church

Highway Church

Hope UC

Hope UC

Iglesia Connexion Con Dios Church (Chaco)

Iglesia Connexion Con Dios Church (Chaco)

Hope UC (Monrovia, CA)

Hope UC (Monrovia, CA)

Faith Family Church (North Canton, OH)

Faith Family Church (North Canton, OH)

The Father’s House

The Father’s House

Crossroads Church

Crossroads Church

The Life Christian Church

The Life Christian Church

Higher Vision Church (Valencia, CA)

Higher Vision Church (Valencia, CA)

Crossroads Community Cathedral (East Hartford, CT)

Crossroads Community Cathedral (East Hartford, CT)

Victory Church (Tulsa, OK)

Victory Church (Tulsa, OK)

The Assembly (Broken Arrow, OK)

The Assembly (Broken Arrow, OK)

Runcorn Christian Church

Runcorn Christian Church

Impact Church Barossa Valley South Australia

Impact Church Barossa Valley South Australia

Christian World Church

Christian World Church

Eliot Elementary School (Houston, TX)

Eliot Elementary School (Houston, TX)

Bachelor Creek Church of Christ (Wabash, IN)

Bachelor Creek Church of Christ (Wabash, IN)

Hillsong Australia – Treasure Chest

Hillsong Australia – Treasure Chest

Covenant Church (Colleyville, TX)

Covenant Church (Colleyville, TX)

Deep Creek Baptist Church (Chesapeake, VA)

Deep Creek Baptist Church (Chesapeake, VA)

Passion Center for Children (Zomba, Malawi)

Passion Center for Children (Zomba, Malawi)

Valley Community Baptist Church (Avon, CT)

Valley Community Baptist Church (Avon, CT)

Impact Church (Detroit, MI)

Impact Church (Detroit, MI)

Manna Orphanage Guatemala

Manna Orphanage Guatemala

Fresh Start Church (Egg Harbor Township, NJ)

Fresh Start Church (Egg Harbor Township, NJ)

El Lugar de Su Presencia (Bogota, Colombia)

El Lugar de Su Presencia (Bogota, Colombia)

Liberty Church (Fairfield, CA)

Liberty Church (Fairfield, CA)

LifePointe Fellowship Church (Pearland, TX)

LifePointe Fellowship Church (Pearland, TX)

Covenant Church (Carrolton, TX)

Covenant Church (Carrolton, TX)

Eternal Light School India

Eternal Light School India

Wheatley High School (Houston, TX)

Wheatley High School (Houston, TX)

Pingst Arken Church Sweden

Pingst Arken Church Sweden

Faith Church (New Milford, CT)

Faith Church (New Milford, CT)

San Francisco City Academy (San Francisco, CA)

San Francisco City Academy (San Francisco, CA)

Iglesia Connexion Con Dios Church

Iglesia Connexion Con Dios Church

Lakewood Church (Houston, TX)

Lakewood Church (Houston, TX)

Toronto International Celebration Church (Toronto, Canada)

Toronto International Celebration Church (Toronto, Canada)

The Life Church (Collierville, TN)

The Life Church (Collierville, TN)

The Life Church (Cordova, TN)

The Life Church (Cordova, TN)

Believers Church (Suffolk, VA)

Believers Church (Suffolk, VA)

Seacoast Grace Church (Cypress, CA)

Seacoast Grace Church (Cypress, CA)

McReynolds Middle School (Houston, TX)

McReynolds Middle School (Houston, TX)

Sugarland Family Church (Sugar Land, TX)

Sugarland Family Church (Sugar Land, TX)

Canyon Hills Assembly of God (Bakersfield, CA)

Canyon Hills Assembly of God (Bakersfield, CA)

Nathaniel Q. Henderson Elementary School (Houston, TX)

Nathaniel Q. Henderson Elementary School (Houston, TX)

The Cause Community Church (Brea, CA)

The Cause Community Church (Brea, CA)

Alpha Omega Church (Miami, FL)

Alpha Omega Church (Miami, FL)

Christ Tabernacle Church – Bushwick (Ridgewood, NY)

Christ Tabernacle Church – Bushwick (Ridgewood, NY)

Christ Tabernacle Church -Glendale (Glendale, NY)

Christ Tabernacle Church -Glendale (Glendale, NY)

City First Church (Rockford, IL)

City First Church (Rockford, IL)

Redeemer Church (Up Club) (Utica, NY)

Redeemer Church (Up Club) (Utica, NY)

Redeemer Church (Up Club) (Albany, NY)

Redeemer Church (Up Club) (Albany, NY)

Temple Of Praise “New Day” Women’s Transitional Home (Washington, D.C.)

Temple Of Praise “New Day” Women’s Transitional Home (Washington, D.C.)

Get Started with Champions Club

In order to get started with Champions Club, follow these 10 simple steps:

STEP 1: WE ARE INTERESTED

Determine your need. Answer these questions:
1. How many children with special needs do you currently have?
2. How many inquiries have you had from parents with children with special needs?
3. How much space do you have?
4. Do you have someone to oversee your special needs ministry? 

STEP 2: CONTACT

Email us info@championsclub.org with the information from ‘Step 1’ to set up conference call.

If desired, set up a site visit with our flagship Champions Club in Houston, TX or set up a visit with a Champions Club near you.

STEP 3: GAMEPLAN

  • Secure Sr. Pastor approval to move forward
  • Secure proposed room(s)
  • Get dimensions/CAD drawings of proposed Champions Club Room(s)

STEP 4: EXECUTE PLAN

  • Contact Equipment Provider (provided by Champions Club) to have Master Plan for your room(s) developed. This is at no cost to you or your church!

STEP 5: PROPOSAL

  • Receive the proposed Master Plan from Equipment Provider.
  • Email us at info@championsclub.org for assistance in dividing up your Master plan into phases.

STEP 6: VISION CAST

  • At this point you should have all the information you need to present the vision to your pastoral team or committee to help secure appropriate funding for the different stages.
  • Schedule your meeting.

STEP 7: MOVING FORWARD

  • Contact your Equipment Provider to place your initial order, installation, and training.
  • Sign up for our Church Membership Program www.investinchampions.com to access all our training, manuals, toolkits and resources.
  • Draft an initial service order for your Champions Club.
  • Schedule initial training for volunteer leaders.

STEP 8: MARKETING

  • Establish a look and feel for your church’s Champions Club.
  • Create a flyer or a web design to begin the momentum of your new ministry.
  • Create or add to your existing volunteer application to include Champions Club.

STEP 9: WELCOME

  • Schedule an open house for your entire church to come in and visit your new ministry area.
  • Have volunteer applications available for people wanting to join the cause.
  • Create an application for families with special needs children to fill out so you can begin their process for entry into the Champions Club services… this should be about 3-4 weeks after your Open House.

STEP 10: LAUNCH

  • Decide on the launch date for your Champions Club.
You Are Extraordinary – Board Book or Story Book Edition 

In You Are Extraordinary, Craig and Samantha Johnson use fun rhymes and colorful pictures to celebrate kids who have unique challenges and gifts.

Every page in this book focuses on a different ability or diverse circumstance, such as autism , different ethnicities, unique sizes and body types, physical limitations, cancer, adoptions, and more. You Are Extraordinary is an inspiring reminder to treat others with kindness and live out the truth that you are loved!

As the parents of a child with special needs, Craig and Samantha Johnson understand that kids who are a bit different from others sometimes need extra reassurance that God has an amazing purpose for them—not just despite their differences but because of them! The authors are the founders of Champions Club, an international ministry of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, for kids, teens, and adults with special needs.

With its fun and uplifting message, You Are Extraordinary reminds children and adults alike that the world is a beautiful place when we treat everyone as the exceptional people they are!

A Celebration of Everyone Who Fulfills Their Purpose Through Unexpected Challenges

Until two years of age, Craig and Samantha’s son Connor was just like other kids—playful, verbal, and affectionate. Then everything changed. He stopped talking, displayed behavioral problems, and withdrew into his own world. The official diagnosis—autism. Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, Craig and Samantha refused to believe a meaningful life for Connor was impossible. God confirmed their faith by revealing to Craig that Connor would one day touch the lives of thousands of people around the world. Craig and Samantha held that unlikely promise in their hearts during the agonizing years ahead. Champion is a spellbinding chronicle of the twists and turns of Connor’s journey—guided by his parent’s steadfast hope in God’s promises. Through the unexpected breaking of their spirits, The Holy Spirit was poured out, culminating in a miracle that has launched a global ministry to the disabled.