LifeBridge Missions Strategy
Our outreach strategy has a four-fold focus:
1) LOCAL MISSION: We don’t need to get more involved in the community – we’re already in the community. Every attendee at LifeBridge is networked in their community through their jobs, family, friends, neighbourhood, and community activities. Our challenge is not to become more active in the community, but to show each Christ follower how to shine in the communities they are already a part of. As a church, we will then provide opportunities for people to connect others to the broader family of Christ. ( Sunday Connection Service, Growth Groups, Social Events, Parenting and Marriage Seminars, etc.)
2) CHURCH PLANTING: Church Planting is one of the most effective ways of impacting communities. Church plants allow for more diversity within the kingdom of God in both style and approach. LifeBridge would like to be consistently creating new teams to go out and plant new churches in areas of the HRM that do not have a strong church presence.
3) POVERTY FOCUS: Jesus cared about the poor and we must as well. At present our poverty focus is centred on the city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras where we collectively support children through Compassion International and partner with Manos Extendidas for a multifaceted impact.
4) UNREACHED PEOPLES: Christ stated that he would not return until all ethnic groups had the opportunity to hear the gospel. Statistics on www.joshuaproject.net indicate that there are still 7,296 ethnic groups in the world that do not have a solid representation of Christ in their demographic. Most dollars in churches in North America go to providing for the already convinced. In other words, we’re servicing ourselves. We think it would be a good idea to strategize and invest in how we can get the Good News to those who have never heard it.
1) Compassion International:
Families and individuals at LifeBridge, presently support over 50 children through the child sponsorship program in two different Compassion Centers in the capital city of Honduras. Each project is operated by a local church that meets very stringent requirements set by Compassion International.
The Compassion projects provide a half-day program to tutor children with their schooling, teach the Bible and provide students with a hot meal. Compassion also sees that the children are cared for if any medical needs arise.
a) The Line of Abraham (HO 235): This church is located within the city and has an influential impact on the area.
b) The House of Diamonds (HO268): This church resides on the edge of the city dump where many of the people scavenge to eke out an existence.
If you want to sponsor a child from either of these projects please contact: Sherri Flint
Click here for more information on Compassion International
2) Manos Extendidas:
Manos Extendidas has multiple ministries within Tegucigalpa.
As often as funding permits, the Manos team takes to the streets to provide a small meal along with a hug and a godly word of encouragement to the homeless children, teens, and adults on the streets of downtown Comayaguela, Honduras.
We have a LifeBridge Church account set up at the Bluenose Bottle Depot. Donate your bottles and help fund the Honduras Street Ministry.
In March 2013, Gordon and Anna were part of the LifeBridge Missions team that went to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. While on the ground there, they both felt a strong calling to become missionaries there. Having made the decision to be obedient to God’s call, they are now living in Honduras serving the people and equipping the leaders. There are many ways you can get involved; Pray for them, donate Air Miles, monthly sponsorship, or one-time gift. For more information on their vision and how to support them, visit their website at mackenziesinhonduras.com.
- When LifeBridge was started, we always envisioned becoming a church that plants other churches.
- We are strategically moving toward that goal.
- We are in beginning stages of a partnership with C2C Network to apprentice and send out church planters into our region.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:14 (NIV)
“An unreached or least-reached people is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group.” Joshua Project
There are still over 7000 ethnic people groups in the world who have no access to the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s over 2.9 billion people.
The majority of these unreached peoplegroups exist in what we call the 10/40 window. The 10/40 Window is the region in the eastern hemisphere between 10 degrees and 40 degrees north of the equator. Approximately two thirds of the world’s population (2.8 billion) reside in this area that encompasses only one third of earth’s land mass. Close to eighty percent of the world’s poor live within these boundaries.
There exist approximately 1000 churches for every unreached people group in the world. If only one church for every thousand chose to take the Great Commission seriously, we could reach the entire world in a relatively short period of time. We want to be one of those churches.
Visit www.joshuaproject.net for more details