What is Champions Club?

Champions Club is a specially designed developmental area for kids, youth, and adults with special needs. Our goal was to develop a program that would meet the developmental needs of children 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. We can adapt Champions Clubs to a school or public facility environment. Now there are Champions Clubs in schools, churches, and facilities all across America and around the world.

Check out this inspirational video of how it all began and find out more about how you can start a Champions Club in your community.

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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 special needs families 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

News

Be A Part Of This Year’s Superhero Walk & Roll

Something special is happening at Champions Club and you can be a part of it! We will host our second annual Champions Club Superhero Walk & Roll on Saturday, August 17, 2019. What is a Superhero Walk & Roll? It's a resource fair especially tailored to the special...

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Be A Vendor At This Year’s Superhero Walk & Roll

Something special is happening at Champions Club in the Greater Houston Area and you can be a part of it! We will host our second annual Champions Club Superhero Walk & Roll on Saturday, August 17, 2019.  What is a Superhero Walk & Roll? It's a resource fair...

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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!

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

Hope UC

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)

Bethel Church at Vista Pointe Medford Oregon

Bethel Church at Vista Pointe Medford Oregon

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 (Utica, NY)

Redeemer Church (Utica, NY)

Redeemer Church (Albany, NY)

Redeemer Church (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: How many children with special needs do you currently have, how many inquiries have you had from parents with children with special needs and how much space do you have?

STEP 2: CONTACT

Email us info@championsclub.org to set up conference call.

Set up site visit (you and your team are always welcome to visit us in Houston)

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.
  • Layout initial training.
  • Draft an initial service order for your Champions Club.
  • Schedule initial training for volunteer leaders.
  • Email info@championsclub.org for more details.

STEP 8: MARKETING

  • Establish a look and feel for your church’s Champions Club.
  • Create a flier 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 rooms.
  • 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 Go Live Launch date for your Champions Club.
Even on your worst day, you may become someone else’s best hope.

When Pastor Craig and Samantha Johnson moved to Houston to take a position at Lakewood Church, they thought they had it made. Two kids, a great job, a beautiful home, and a solid plan for the future. Their dream, however, was interrupted by the unplanned arrival of a third child, Connor.

Connor grew to become a normal, healthy toddler. When he turned two, however, something changed. He stopped talking, displayed behavioral problems, and was no longer the cheerful, engaged little boy they had known. No one seemed to have answers until the official diagnosis was handed down—autism.

Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds—a child who could not speak or respond with emotion—the Johnsons were filled with unanswered questions and deep sorrow. God quietly spoke to Craig’s heart, telling him Connor’s story would one day touch the lives of thousands of people around the globe. Craig and Samantha held that unlikely promise in their hearts during the years ahead. They accepted the diagnosis, but refused to believe their story was over. God was not finished with the Johnson family.

The Johnsons resolved to love their son with everything they had, no matter what. While Samantha watched over Connor’s daily needs, Craig began to search the Scriptures for promises from God, Bible verses they could all cling to. They made sure Connor did not miss Pastor Joel Osteen’s Sunday morning services and, over time, Craig and Samantha developed a long list of positive verses designed to instill a daily dose of faith, hope, and love into their family.

Then, one day, a miracle occurred.

Connor spoke.

Instantly flooded with a variety of emotions, the Johnsons rejoiced. Their boy could talk. And not only talk but perform a perfect recitation of Pastor Joel Osteen’s opening affirmation: “This is my Bible, I am what it says I am . . .”

Today Connor is a vibrant young man, and his family’s faith-filled response to his diagnosis has launched a worldwide wave of support and attention for special needs children of all stripes. Connor’s life has truly touched the world.

Written with transparency and humor, Champion will inspire those in the middle of an unexpected trial to rise up and become someone’s champion.

Buy Champions Club Curriculum

Ministering to exceptional students can be challenging without the appropriate tools to meet their unique needs. The Champions Curriculum does just that and so much more. The foundation of the Champions Curriculum is the belief that all students, regardless of their abilities and disabilities, can learn. We have a 26 week full scope Christian curriculum for special needs that you can use in a home, school, church or organization. It is based on the tested and proven 7 G’s developmental philosophy which are the “Goal”, “Grab” their attention, “Grasp” the concept, “Guided” practice, “Get” it(reinforcement), “Go”(Take Home), and “Gauge” their success.

Each of the lessons has a comprehensive seven step guide with accommodations and modifications that provide exceptional students access to the concepts taught. It also teaches the basic Cognitive Behavior Therapy concept that our thoughts control our feelings and our feelings have a direct influence on our actions. The curriculum emphasizes that in any situation Champions can be at peace when they trust God and meditate on His Word. Since many of our exceptional students have difficulties with social skills, the lessons in the curriculum were created to enhance these skills. Social emotional skills promote social competence which is the basis for making and maintaining positive relationships.
A bonus included in the Champions Curriculum is a Teacher Resource Binder. This provides valuable tips on how to create a successful learning experience. Finally, the curriculum includes an extensive section on resources available for the families of Champions and ministry volunteers. This curriculum will be a valuable tool to help you effectively minister to those with special needs.



$299.99(PDF Format – Digital download, 728 Pages)


$49.95(PDF Format – 5 Lessons Pack)

Buy Teacher’s Manual

The Champions Curriculum Instructor’s Manual provides a comprehensive detailed step by step tutorial on how to implement the curriculum and so such more.  The purpose of the manual is to equip instructors to confidently teach Biblical principles in an easy, relevant and creative way that engages students while transforming their lives to be committed Christ followers.

The manual was written to be used as a training tool for new and seasoned instructors, volunteers, and pastors. In the manual you will find the answers to; who the curriculum was written for, what skills are taught, how the curriculum was developed, and the numerous ways the curriculum can be taught in a variety of settings.  It provides research based information on tackling the behaviors some Champions may have that kept exceptional students and their peers from learning.  There is a special section on how to minister to parents.

We believe that the special needs ministries are a family ministry, so this curriculum has special instructions for every lesson that supports parents/caregivers as they minister to their Champions in the home. The manual gives special instructions on how to encourage families to minister to their exceptional children each and every day.

PDF Format – Digital download



$29.99

Buy Champions Devotional

The family is so important in today’s society. No matter what your family make up may look like God has a plan for you. Families blessed with exceptional children are given a great opportunity with helping them identify, understand, and fulfill their God-given destiny. When we speak blessings over our family members it will then speak hope and life into their future. These devotionals were written to provide the family with tools to achieve their purpose in life. The goal of these easy-to- read faith based devotionals is to increase the Champions and their family members’ love for God and each other as well as provide practical ways to share God’s love with others.

This devotional series includes 31 devotionals, one for each day of the month. Each devotional has a goal, a memory verse, object lesson, vocabulary development segment, practical application, family prayer and a declaration for the Champion and the family. We believe as you spend time developing your faith as a family you will see generational blessings follow you throughout your lifetime. God will accelerate His plan for your lives so dreams are realized and supernatural doors are opened. God has amazing plans for your family’s future.

$19.99