Special Needs - Buddy Ministry
Our Buddy Ministry exists to advance the Kingdom of God on earth by loving, including, and discipling individuals of all abilities by teaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our vision is for Waypoint Church to be a house of God where individuals of all abilities are fully welcomed, included, discipled, cherished, and given purpose through their identity in Jesus Christ. As Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Our Buddy Ministry exists to provide a one-on-one buddy for individuals with special needs who attend Waypoint Church, so that all individuals know they are celebrated, welcomed, and included in the body of Christ because we believe God has purpose in all abilities (Romans 12:4-6).
Want to serve as a buddy?
Loved one need a buddy?
Have any questions?
Contact Megan at
How do I sign up?
Please fill out the form attached on this page (or use the online form) and return it to the Waypoint Children's Director, Dianne Susman. Please let her know if you would like to receive a tour of the classrooms and church and/or meet in person to discuss your loved one in person.
What is a buddy's role?
A “Buddy” is intended to share the love of Christ with your loved one, to ensure their safety, to having a working knowledge of your loved one's strengths/challenges/coping, to focus on their strengths and seek to maximize them, to help them participate and engage in their class, to facilitate engagement/play with peers, and to be attentive to their sensory needs/sensitivities to provide necessary support. Some of our buddies are from our youth ministry but will always be in the presence of a background-checked adult. All of our adult buddies are background-checked.
How does the buddy program work?
Since we have one worship service each Sunday morning, we have a team of buddies assigned to each week of the month. Thus, buddies will rotate, and your loved one will likely have a different buddy each week. We will provide the necessary information to ensure that your loved one's buddy is aware of how to best assist them and will strive to have consistent buddies with your loved one as often as possible.
What if my loved one is developmentally behind their peers? What classroom do they go in?
We will assess individuals on a case-by-case basis and would love to discuss this with you in person. We will take this into consideration as well as your hopes for your loved one.
What if my loved one doesn't want to go to a class?
That is perfectly fine, and we can have a buddy assigned to your loved one to help them attend the worship service.