What an Affiliate’s Ministry Is Not
Some people may think that a Love INC affiliate is a parachurch ministry, a community charity or, a local non-profit organization that seeks church resources simply so that it can execute its own program.
These organizational structures do not describe a Love INC affiliate.
Rather, a Love INC affiliate is a partnership of local Christian churches, not a partnership with churches. The difference is significant.
Love INC ministry is church-based. An affiliate exists for the local Christian churches, is built by the churches, and operates for the churches.
A Love INC Affiliate is not…
A generic “faith-based” organization.
A Love INC affiliate is a Christian organization. An affiliate does not use resources that would impinge upon our core identity.
An organization independent from the Christian churches.
A Love INC affiliate does not exist as an “outside entity” apart from its local Christian churches. The Love INC affiliate has no mandate independent of those churches.
An affiliate forms a true partnership of involved churches. A Love INC affiliate does not seek to “build an empire” of its own run by professional case workers.
Charities usually focus on relief of a need. While an affiliate’s ministry does meet needs, Love INC’s approach views the need as a doorway to begin a relationship with the person. Relationship with a Christian or Christian churches allows the Holy Spirit to begin the process of transformation for everyone involved.
About financial assistance.
A local affiliate is not a place that focuses upon cash assistance. It is not meant to be merely a depository “pool” of churches’ benevolent funds to be dispersed via a Clearinghouse office to people seeking monetary help. Love INC ministry focuses on mobilizing churches and their congregants to provide face-to-face, hands-on service. Financial assistance, if given, requires a relational, transformational component.
An ecumenical means to bring about union of all Christian churches.
Our mission is not to bring about agreement on doctrine, worship, or ecclesiology. The Love INC Movement does have a statement of faith (the Apostles’ Creed) and Statement on Scripture to identify churches as Christian. However, it does not work to build agreement on the details of doctrine, worship, style of outreach, etc.
A recruiter of volunteers for other organizations.
While each Love INC affiliate cooperates with other community groups and agencies, it is not intended to be a recruiting tool for other service entities to obtain volunteers for their own programs.