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Jesus Cares Ministries

Sharing God’s Word with people who have disabilities as a part of TLHA since 1998

Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) assists congregations in reaching out to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and communities. Nationwide, JCM programs encourage Bible studies, worship and fellowship opportunities.

We assist congregations in developing Bible classes and worship services designed to meet each person at his or her comprehensive level. Our JCM staff members

  • Offer step-by-step encouragement
  • Help develop publicity materials
  • Assist in researching the community to find people who can be served
  • Train volunteers to help them better reach people with developmental disabilities

We are offering a year long training series for the 2011-2012 school/Bible class year. Past recordings are available.

JCM programs

Learn more about beginning Jesus Cares Ministries at your church, or visit one of the programs across the country. You can also learn more about JCM by contacting one of our JCM team members.

Our materials

Jesus Cares Ministries MaterialsThrough JCM Media, we offer Bible studies and worship services designed for the people we serve. Other resources are also available for congregations, JCM volunteers, teachers, pastors and families. Our Christian curriculum and Bible studies especially provide useful teaching materials for JCM Bible classes.

We are offering “The Christmas Story” from the first set of Dear Christian Friend to as a free download.
 

“New Friends” Youth Initiative

College students also have the chance to share God’s Word with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities through “New Friends.”

JCM’s history

In 1985, the Special Education Services Committee of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), saw a need to find a way to better share the Gospel with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a result, they developed the Jesus Cares Bible class program, starting in southeastern Wisconsin. By 1993, the program had a full-time administrator and was incorporated into Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM).

In 1998, JCM became part of The Lutheran Home Association’s ministry in 1998 in order to expand the program to a national level. Our JCM team members assist volunteers to help them reach out to their communities with the Gospel. The Lord has blessed this ministry, and programs exist across the country.

To learn more

To learn more about Jesus Cares Ministries, contact Rev. Joel Gaertner at 1-888-600-TLHA (8542), (952) 873-4752 or jpgaertner@tlha.org.