I have had this ministry proposal in limbo for the past six months between LCF directors and Shoreline leadership. Any prayers you can offer in bringing it to fruition would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Name of your proposed ministry: Lifelines
1. Explain the vision of the proposed ministry.
Whom are you serving?
Lifelines serves Victory House (VH) residents (i.e., men from all walks of life whose lives are in disrepair because of debilitating addictions, criminal records, homelessness, and/or mental health issues) in the second phase of our reconciliation ministry/rehabilitation program who have recognized psychological, emotional, adjustment, and/or financial obstacles crippling their sanctification process.
Lifelines serves the dual purpose of guarding VH residents against relapse while also facilitating the encouragement and stability of Christian community in a crucial stage of their sanctification process
Eligible Shoreliners of authenticated spiritual integrity as well as genuine love who are fit to contribute their gifts in the capacities of transformative mentors, counselors, and advisors.
• “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.” Proverbs 15:22
What will the result of your ministry be?
Lifelines will result in:
1) VH residents conquering crippling, if not paralyzing, mental, emotional, financial, and spiritual states.
2) Shoreliners enriching the work God is doing at Victory House.
3) glorifying God our Father.
2. Function of ministry
The primary purpose is to provide Christ-centered:
• Encouragement that arouses and deepens faith.
o “But exhort one another every day, as “long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13
• Fellowship that stimulates perseverance.
o “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25
• Accountability that confronts sin, provokes critical thinking, and gives rise to thoughtful God-honoring actions.
o “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17
In summary, Lifelines ministry channels an outpouring of holistic Holy Spirit nurture, knowledge, experience, and services into VH residents. Thereby, increasing the odds of VH residents reaching their full potential in Christ, enriching the Victory House ministry, and glorifying God our Father.
3. Explain how this ministry is compatible with the mission statement of the church (“Follow Jesus: Love. Listen. Obey.”).
Lifelines is well suited as ministry to the mission of the church to follow Jesus by providing an opportunity to love, listen, and obey. The biblical sense of church “love” is commitment to sacrificial action for the well-being of another. “In Christ,” the nuance of “love” manifests in relationships of mutual endearments and also as “charity,” sacrificial giving of help to those in need. Lifelines delivers an opportunity to heed and obey God’s royal law to “love” the men of Victory House (James 2:8).
4. How or why do you feel you have been called to this ministry?
We regularly pray for the spiritual formation of VH residents. We also regularly pray for insight and vision as to how to develop VH ministry within our sphere of influence, purposefully seeking ways to increase the ministry’s effectiveness. Lifelines ministry is an answer to prayer along these lines of opportunities. Consequently, we feel that we have been called to forge the Lifelines channel because of its latent potential.