Love In the Name of Christ mobilizes local churches to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ.
When a Love INC affiliate discovers a pattern of an unmet need in the community, it can help churches develop a way to meet that need. One way that Love INC helps churches help people is through Gap Ministries.
The purpose of a Gap Ministry is to provide a resource or service to meet ongoing needs that are not currently being met by other agencies, organizations or other entities. Love INC helps churches that have a desire and the means to build ministries to “fill in the gap.”
Because the Love INC Clearinghouse obtains current and relevant information on the unmet needs of real people, a Love INC affiliate can provide valuable insights on new ways churches that want to outreach can meet those needs and have a deeper impact in the lives of people and the community.
When a Love INC affiliate is active in a community, neighbors’ real needs are verified and being met, and lives are being changed, Christians, churches, businesses and community members donate products to Gap Ministries because they trust Love INC and its ministry approach. Resources are mobilized for people who truly need them.
As gaps in community services are identified through the Clearinghouse process, a list is compiled and can be shared with churches, pastors, and volunteers. The Love INC affiliate encourages churches to respond and assists churches in developing a response:
- An individual church ministry
- A joint church ministry
- A collaborative ministry (all church partners)
Gap Ministries are most often staffed by volunteers. They only meet needs of people referred by the Love INC Clearinghouse.
Because a Love INC affiliate networks many churches and mobilizes resources, meeting the need through a Gap Ministry does not become overwhelming to any one, individual church.