Transform Lives Through God’s Church
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Transformed to Transform
Robert McCormack suddenly found himself with no place to live 10 years ago. His bank account had been wiped out. He had his two little girls in the back seat and their car was running out of gas on Bozeman’s [Montana’s] 19th Avenue.
“I was kind of desperate,” McCormack recalled. “I remember sitting by the side of the road, without any gas or money, without a cellphone, I didn’t have a dollar to my name, looking at my little girls in the rear-view, not knowing what I was going to do.
“I walked into a church, and it changed everything.”
The Church’s Calling
We believe the local church is God’s answer to community brokenness and a part of His plan of redemption and restoration. Therefore, we mobilize local churches to offer Redemptive Compassion®, a holistic approach to caring for people in all areas of life: spiritual, mental, emotional, relational, material, and physical.
Local churches are drawn closer to Christ’s heart when they care for people in need by: working together, reflecting God’s image, and affirming potential. As a result, God transforms lives both inside and outside of the church.
As the Church, we are called to live in relationship, showing the love of Christ to those in need. As we work together, we help each other grow, removing the feelings of isolation, shame, or the lack of courage to take the steps needed to make change.
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.”
Reflect God’s Image
All people are created in the image of God and have inherent value. When the Church reminds people in need of their value, they see themselves not as someone who fails, not as someone who lives in need, but as a child of God with great potential and great hope.
“God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Each person is uniquely gifted with skills that contribute positively to their situation. We desire to see everyone live up to their potential. If we provide something to someone they can provide for themselves, we rob them of dignity and perpetuate a broken system.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”