Champions Club ministers and develops children, youth and adults with special needs.

Friday, Mar 01 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM | Champion's Club
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Respite Nights are for families who have kids with special needs. Parents can drop off their kids (special needs and siblings) for one night while the parents have a night to themselves.

What to Expect at Champions Club


In 2009, Lakewood Church launched a new program: Champions Club. Our goal was to develop a program that would meet the developmental needs of our children in three important ways, SPIRITUALLY, INTELLECTUALLY, EDUCATIONAL and PHYSICALLY. Our focus was on spiritual growth through God’s Word, ministering to the intellect of each child through their senses and engaging the child physically during the spiritual gross motor fun. We enlisted the help of several professionals in the fields of special needs and came up with a plan that would allow each child to be ministered to at their individual level.

Champions Club now serves children, teens, and adults with special needs on a weekly basis during our Lakewood Wednesday 7:30PM, Saturday 7PM, Sunday 8:30AM, Sunday 11AM, and Sunday 2PM services. Our ratios in every classroom allow every participant to be ministered to at a personal level.

Champions Club has gone on to grow from its beginnings at Lakewood to be incorporated into serving the needs of individuals in congregations and communities around the world.

Volunteer With Us!

You can make a difference in the lives of families and children with special needs by sharing your gifts and talents here at Lakewood. Each week in the Champions Club, volunteers minister, teach, develop, and love kids, teens, and adults with neurological, developmental, and physical disabilities.

Be a part of something bigger and join our Champions Club family here at Lakewood Church.

Click here to go directly to our Champions Club Lakewood Volunteer Application.

Building Lasting Relationships

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
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Individuals with special needs, especially those on the Autism spectrum, often have difficulty in the area of social skills. This can be especially true in building and maintaining lasting relationships with others, including peers. I have been a volunteer Ministry Leader with Champions Club for four years. In my time with this ministry, I have witnessed how this program not only provides spiritual growth for the children, teens, and adult members with special needs, but it has helped many members cultivate lasting relationships that extend beyond the walls of the church.

During my service, I have two boys, both on the Autism spectrum, who have developed a lasting friendship through their connection at Champions Club. The first thing they both ask when they arrive for service is if the other one is here yet. Not only do they spend free time during service talking with one another, but their families have also connected, and they do things together outside of church. The boys also invite each other to big events such as graduations and birthday parties. As volunteers, it was so special to us to watch this friendship develop and bloom between these boys. However, I will never forget the look of hope and excitement on the faces of their parents when we shared with them about the friendship that was developing, and when they first witnessed them socializing with one another. They were filled with so much love and happiness to see their sons developing a lasting friendship.

We also have two younger girls who both have Down Syndrome who have also built the most beautiful friendship. They also look forward to seeing each other every week at service and tell their parents all about their friend. During service, they play with each other, hold hands to walk between the classrooms and make sure that each other are fully cared for. They are truly inseparable, and their friendship brings so much joy to them, their parents, and all of the volunteers.

In addition to the friendships that are formed between the members, it is a true joy to see the relationships that the children, teens, and adults form with the volunteers who serve every week. So many of the children greet the volunteers with big smiles and hugs. They often ask about a volunteer if they are not there for a week and show so much joy when the volunteer returns the next week. We have one adult who knows everyone's name and asks every week where each missing volunteer is at. It is so fulfilling to know that what we are doing through Champions Club matters to these children, teens, and adults. It is a place they not only love to attend but look forward to each week – and not just for the fun things they get to do during service, but also for the relationships that they have developed. I love how Champions Club focuses on growth and development in so many areas. It is designed to not only teach about the love of Jesus, but also to develop their behavioral, social, and emotional skills. The curriculum is designed to teach about emotions and friendships and volunteers are trained to model and teach those social skills needed to develop and sustain lasting relationships.

Your child may be struggling with developing lasting friendships and relationships at the moment, but I encourage you to trust God and stay hopeful. Just as I have seen God do it for so many of our children, teens, and adults at Champions Club, I believe that he can do it for all individuals with special needs.

Proverbs 27:9 "Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul" (MSG translation).

Joy Beard

Champions Club Volunteer – 4 years

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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. Click for more information.

Champion by Craig Johnson

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

Encouragement For Parents

We invite you to be part of a small group for parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs.

If this is something you are interested in, please contact us. We would love to connect you with one of our support groups.

Champions Club Locations

For a complete list of Champions Club locations worldwide, visit and click on the "Locations" tab.

Start a Champions Club

To start a Champions Club in your area for adults or children with special needs, please click on the “getting started” guide at the link below for more information.


Resource Downloads

Please enjoy these free resources

Kids Application


Formulario para niños


Teens and Adults Application


Formulario para adolecentes y adultos



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