Welcome to Champions Club!

Champions Club is a special needs ministry,  specialized in  designing developmental areas for kids, youth, 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. 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!

Check out this inspirational video of how it all began and find out more about Champions Club.

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Join our 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

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New! Watch Champions Club Online!

Since many of us can't physically go to a Champions Club right now....we're bringing Champions Club to you! We hope your Champions will enjoy this online lesson from our Champions Curriculum for Special Needs. In this lesson, we will learn that Daniel doesn't worry,...

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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: 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.
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.

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.