Speaker: Craig Johnson
Title: Reaching the Forgotten: Developing and Launching a Special Needs Ministry
  • Facts about Special Needs and Ministry
    • 1 in 51 kids are being diagnosed with Autism in America.
    • Less than 1% of churches have a special needs ministry.
    • Special needs is very hidden and there is a lack of awareness.
    • Divorce rate is much higher in parents who have a child with special needs
    • Huge financial burdens hit families who have kids with special needs
  • Designing a Special Needs Ministry
    • Goal #1- We need to help these children to be everything God has purposed them to be.
    • Special needs rooms need to be multi-sensory
    • Never reject a chld with special needs
  • You are Giants of the Faith
    • When you launch a special needs program, you are a giant who allows others to stand on your shoulders.
    • We must not look at what our cause is, but who our cause is.
    • Passion is more powerful when there is a name and a face to it.
Link to Champions Club information (Special Needs Ministry at Lakewood Church):
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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.