The Love INC ministry model is relational because we believe Christ-like relationships are transformative.
In every expression of Love INC ministry, relationships are key – relationships between church volunteers and neighbors in need, relationships among churches, relationships with Christians across denominations, and relationships throughout the community.
When Love INC flourishes in a community, healthy relationships grow, Christian love thrives, and struggling neighbors receive support, friendship, and the kind of practical helps they need.
Love In the Name of Christ’s Relational Ministry model can be expressed in five interconnected ways or “modes.” We call these modes: Clearinghouse Ministry, Gap Ministry, Transformational Ministry , Comprehensive Transformational Ministry, and Community Transformational Ministry.
The Clearinghouse receives requests for help, screens the requests, verifies the need, and then refers the request to a local church ministry, church volunteer, or community agency. After people are helped the Clearinghouse follows up to ensure the need was met and to offer continued spiritual support.
The Clearinghouse is the only mode required for a Love INC ministry. The other four modes are added as the local Love INC grows in size and strength.
Gap ministries may include: Car Repair, Furniture, Clothing, Personal Care Products, and more!
No one Love INC community has the same set of Gap Ministries available because each community has a unique set of needs and resources.
To facilitate these relationships a local Love INC organizes and equips church members (from across denominational lines) to lead life-skills classes or mentor people in need over a short, well defined period of time. Usually, two to four months. The relationships built during this time are significant for all involved.
Comprehensive Transformational Ministry
Comprehensive Transformational Ministry provides people in need with skills training, mentoring, goal setting, and spiritual and emotional support, along with a full array of church and community resources available through the Love INC Clearinghouse and Gap Ministries.
Community Transformational Ministry
Solutions in this ministry mode seek to serve the broader community or groups within the community while addressing underlying systems (or lack of systems) that can keep individuals and families stuck in need.
An example of this type of ministry would be a medical clinic for low-income individuals and families.