Under God’s Great Commission to share the Good News of Jesus with all people, Christians have always wanted to include those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. But beginning or adapting a Bible class, worship service or even a fellowship event to meet their special needs may seem to have some big obstacles.
Our Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) team members are here to help you and your congregation see how to overcome those challenges. Every situation differs. There may be many people to serve or few; many potential volunteers or few; long distances to travel or short; open cooperation from group homes or hesitancy to work with your church.
Contact us to learn more or to start a program!
1. Learn more
Read more about JCM Bible classes and worship services. Visit a JCM program at another church to see some of the blessings of a JCM Bible class or worship service. Contact us to answer questions and share more detailed information at your church.
2. Organize and plan
We can help you:
- Understand how to find the people in your area with disabilities
- Find and use teaching, worship and activity tools.
- Provide training for volunteers to help them understand people with special needs and how to communicate God’s love to them.
- Create sample invitations for events.
- Continuing support
- Opportunities to hear from other groups what has worked in their programs
Please note: Before planning find out what the people you hope to serve want and need. As you plan when and where to hold an event and what type of activities to include, you learn what will work for everyone. Consider the people from your congregation who will benefit, but also consider others with disabilities in the greater community.
3. Hold a JCM program
When you hold your first JCM program, don’t be discouraged if there are more volunteers than participants or overwhelmed if you find the challenge of needing more help. Pray and take time to grow. Thank those who came, and continue to look for ways to invite others.
4. Continue to develop
After each event, you will learn something new for your program. You will also continue to find new ways to reach out to the community.
The JCM team is available as a resource. We continue to offer volunteer workshops to provide opportunities to increase your knowledge about this outreach ministry, share your experiences and learn from others.