LIBERTY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
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I N T HIS SECTIO N -Values -Doctrine -Biblical Guidelines -Benevolence
LCF â€™S VALU E S Values consist of principles we believe and follow as Christians. Here are some we emphasize at LCF.
BI B L E - BASE D
We value the scriptures as the objective Word of God. It is the standard for all facets of church life and personal life, including purpose, teaching, and direction. We need a renewal of biblical truth applied to every area of life as the subtle influences of society attempt to replace the Divine Creator with the human creation.
S P I R I T- L E D
We depend on the Holy Spirit as leader of church decisions and direction. This dependence includes listening for guidance through prayer and remaining open to the utilization of spiritual gifts. We make every effort not to resort to mere human strategies and methodologies. The leadership of the Holy Spirit will never take us outside the boundaries of scripture.
FAMILY- CE NTERED
Marriages need encouragement, children need nurture, and the family needs unity. Therefore, we encourage families to spend quality and quantity time together. As a result, we
minimize church gatherings to enable healthy families spiritually and otherwise. Singles are highly valued and highly involved at LCF, as part of the LCF family. A singles group meets consistently for Bible study and fellowship.
REL ATI O N ALLY- ORI EN TED
We value loving and trusting relationships, which most often form through small groups. LCF maintains a variety of small groups from which to choose. Each one is unique in its constituency and its emphasis. Some concentrate on Bible study, some on worship, some on fellowship, and so on. Most groups do a combination of these things that honor God, help each other grow, and deepen relationships.
T EA M - B U I LT
Ministry occurs most often through unified teams which form primarily based on spiritual gifts and ministry passions. Ministry teams at LCF include the Leadership Team, Worship Team, Kids Point Leadership Team, Youth Ministry Team, Small Group Ministry Team, Haiti Missions Team, etc.
Someone once said, “The church is the only institution founded for the benefit of its non-members.” Obviously we benefit from fellowship with one another. But the purpose of the church stands larger than fellowship. We must permeate the world with the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His kingdom. If the church fails to maintain vision beyond itself, then the church fails to be the church.
UNCONDITIONALLY-ACCEPTED God loved us in our sinfulness. Despite our condition, He gave Himself in Christ to be our Savior and Lord. We are accepted and even forgiven of our sins, with no strings attached. God’s love reflects amazing grace. Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). As we have been accepted, so we must accept others. At LCF we do not endorse pride or elitism of any kind. We are all sinners loved by God. We are all in the process of maturing in Christ. We teach and encourage humility that gives away the same acceptance we have freely received from God.
initiative. Jesus simply pleased God. Such integrity needs to motivate us as well. Whatever we say or do should not spring from manipulation or ulterior motives, but rather sincerity, respect, and an ultimate desire to please God.
UNIT Y- BALAN C ED
We value unity because it represents the nature of God (united as Father, Son and Holy Spirit). In day-to-day life we esteem unity for it is the chosen locale of God’s blessing. When people come together as one in spirit and purpose, God ministers His will and way. Jesus said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Matthew 12:25). Conversely, a church unified will discover all things are possible! Therefore, our goal is to protect the unity of the church at all costs. This entails honoring others above ourselves, submitting to our leaders, and resolving any conflict in a gentle, loving, and timely fashion.
GENEROSI TY- M I N D ED
The nature of God reveals generosity from every angle, providing all the spiritual and material resources we need. Our perspective changes fromreceiving to giving, from accumulating to sharing, I NTE GR I TY- DR IVEN Jesus said and did only what the Father from self-absorption to self-sacrifice. We simply aim to manage the blessings in heaven showed Him. He did not grasp after anything for Himself or try God has granted. Therefore, we freely give. to influence people on His own
DOCTRINE GO D
We believe there is one God, revealed in Jesus Christ as the only perfect One, totally righteous and just in His ways and completely loving in His essence. Although one God, He eternally exists in the three persons of the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
CR E ATI ON
We believe man was created in the image of God. Because of the introduction of sin into the world by the rebellion of man, all of creation looks to the final day of redemption wherein history is fulfilled in Jesus Christ and a new creation is realized.
JESU S C H RI ST
We believe in Jesus Christ as the only Son of God and the only way to heaven. He lived in heaven pre-existent with the Father and chose to come to earth, born of the virgin Mary, 100% God and 100% man while on earth. He died for the redemption of sinners, rose from the dead, giving man victory over sin and death, and ascended into heaven to intercede for His people.
HOLY S PI RI T
We believe in the Holy Spirit who draws people to God through conviction of sin, persuading them to repent and confess Jesus Christ S C RI PTUR E as Savior and Lord. The Holy Spirit We believe the Bible is the inspired reveals the truth of Godâ€™s nature, Word of God, inerrant in its purpose and Word. He also gives original form and infallible as the spiritual gifts to fulfill ministry, standard for life. When interpreted manifests Christ through the fruit in context and according to of the Spirit, and unifies Godâ€™s purpose, the Word of God gives life people as a witness in the world. to those who are willingly obedient to its message.
We believe all human beings have sinned and are sinful in nature. Sin is offensive to God and has separated man from fellowship with Him. Because sin tramples on God's glory and offends his infinitely holy character, it merits a holy and infinite response of God's wrath towards sinners.
RET U RN O F C H RI ST
We believe in the personal second coming of Jesus Christ as Lord of Lords and King of Kings to consummate history and establish a new heaven and new earth. We believe in the final judgment SA LVATION wherein the wicked will be We believe a person is saved from separated from the righteous, the God's wrath and receives eternal wicked to eternal damnation and life at the time of his or her the righteous to the fullness of repentance. Faith in Christ. eternal life. Also, the righteous will Repentance involves confession of reap rewards according to their and turning from sin, and faith is deeds done on earth. regular submission to Jesus as Savior and Lord. Salvation cannot CHRI STI AN LI F E be achieved by kind deeds or good We believe that disciples are fully works, but only by the grace offered launched into the kingdom of God by the crucified and resurrected through repentance, water baptism Jesus. and reception of the Holy Spirit. A life of obedience through C H U RCH submission to Godâ€™s Word, the We believe in the universal church direction of the Holy Spirit, and the of Jesus Christ and the local wisdom of the church is then expression of its nature: we are necessary for consistent spiritual called by Him to make disciples and growth and gradual transformation to love one another in the church, into the likeness of Jesus. and so promote grace that will cause the world to see and know the only true God.
F O R P E R S O N A L D I S C I P L E S H I P & MIN ISTRY The mission of LCF is to build devoted disciples. Jesus told us to go and make disciples, teaching them to obey all His commands (Matthew 28:19-20). To fulfill this mission we must live exemplary lives, for we reproduce who we are. As model believers, we will make more genuine followers of Christ. The ten areas below form an outline of what a devoted disciple looks like. We expect a level of maturity in each of these areas, although certainly not perfection. Then, our example will reproduce additional disciples who also closely follow the Lord. These scriptural guidelines represent values relevant to every Christian. How much more essential they are for those in church ministry who are expected to be example believers. Keep in mind, those involved in ministry are usually recommended by their small group leader, a staff member, and the leader of the ministry team on which they desire to serve.
Maintain a growing relationship with Jesus through regular times of worship, prayer, and Bible reading. (2 Peter 3:18, Psalm 100, Col. 4:2, Ps. 119:11, 15-16)
Maintain a Godly home by spending quality and quantity time with family, honoring them and providing for their spiritual, emotional, and material needs. (Eph. 5:21 – 6:4)
Maintain accountable relationship through a small group pastorally connected with LCF’s leadership, for spiritual support and oversight. (Prov. 15:22, Acts 2:42)
Maintain a worshipper’s heart through an attitude of honoring God, not only in worship settings but in everyday life. (Romans 12:1)
Maintain a servant’s attitude utilizing God-given natural talents and spiritual gifts to serve others. (Phil. 2:5-8, Matt. 25:14-30, I Cor. 12:4-11)
BENEVOL ENCE J EH OVAH J I REH M I N I STRY UNIFIED SPIRIT
Maintain a unified spirit with the church and its leaders, gladly submitting to their spiritual authority and direction. (Phil. 2:1-4, Hebrews 13:17)
Maintain consistent giving of tithes and offerings to the Lord through LCF, as a means by which to advance the kingdom of God. (Mal. 3:6-12, 2 Cor. 9:6-11, Prov. 3:9-10, Luke 11:42)
Maintain devoted involvement in Sunday services, other church gatherings, and service opportunities. (Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:25)
Maintain moral purity individually and relationally. (Rom. 1:18-32, Eph. 4:17-5:21)
The Jehovah-Jireh Ministry formed to respond to the needs for financial assistance and budget consultation within our congregation. These two areas comprise our primary focus. If you would like to give financially toward this ministry in order to directly assist LCF members in need, you may designate on an offering envelope for Benevolence Fund and make your check payable to LCF.
LOV E I N C
For benevolence outside of LCF, we support monthly a local accountability-based assistance organization â€“ Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ). They welcome and encourage churches to be directly involved with the clients they work with. For more information, call the Love INC office at 816-781-3200.
Maintain relational outreach through prayer, love, and service to those who donâ€™t know Jesus Christ. (Matt. 5:13-16, Matt. 28:19-20)
SERVI C ES I N THIS SECTION - Sunday services -- Worship with kids -- Teaching
- Communion - Baptism - Worship
-- Spiritual Gifts in Worship
- The Vine
S UNDAY SERVICES A Sunday service at Liberty Christian Fellowship is intentionally designed around our mission statement, “building devoted followers of Christ through: relevant worship, caring relationships, biblical teaching and practical ministry.” From the very beginning of LCF God had a plan for us. His goal was that we enter His presence and be changed by Him – that we experience His healing, His calling, His comfort, His cleansing, and walk away different people, ready to give away what we’ve been given.
WORSHIP W I T H K I D S
At LCF, children enjoy worshiping with their families for the first part of the service. This allows us an opportunity to model worship for them and gives us a chance to participate in worship as families. The children are then dismissed to their classes for age-appropriate lessons.
We value God’s people and when you walk into LCF’s doors we want you to know you have a place of belonging here. From the moment you arrive on our property to the moment you leave, we desire to build you up so you feel that you have a spiritual home at LCF. We seek to provide a time of honoring and glorifying the Lord through worship, teaching, fellowship and serving of one another. We as a church intentionally build devoted followers of Christ through every aspect of our service.
TE ACH I N G Liberty Christian Fellowship emphasizes biblical teaching with messages from our Senior Pastor, Kim May, and a team of other gifted teachers. They challenge listeners to hear and apply scripture as the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.
On the third Sunday of each month and at the Vine we serve the sacrament of communion. All those who profess Jesus Christ as Lord are invited to partake. Someone will introduce this time and give directions. Stations are located around the perimeter of the sanctuary where you, and your
family or friends, may serve yourselves. Children may take communion at the discretion, and with the instruction, of their parents. Worship will continue during this important time as you move to a communion station, partake, then return to your seat.
We value God’s people and when you walk into LCF’s doors we want you to know you can belong here.
BAP T ISM Those who dedicate themselves to Christ celebrate their commitment through water baptism. Baptism does not save anyone nor add to a person’s salvation. It is an act of obedience to Christ’s command: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
(Matt. 28:19). Baptism by immersion represents death to a self-directed life and transformation into a Christ-devoted life. If you’re interested in baptism, please contact the office.
We believe that worship (loving and honoring God) needs to be our lifestyle. As a church, we worship God in a variety of settings, particularly our Sunday morning services. The fingerprint of God upon worship at LCF contains the following distinctives.
SIMPLI CI T Y
We open our hearts to express praise and adoration to the Lord through biblical avenues like standing, clapping, singing, kneeling, lifting our hands, and waiting quietly before God. We use music as the primary vehicle of worship, steering away from being performance-oriented, while at the same time having a worship team that provides relevant music, helping others come into God’s presence without distraction. Simplicity (versus complexity) is also desired in the lyrics and music of the songs we sing, for the express purpose of providing something people can “take home” – songs they can worship the Lord with throughout the week.
IN TI M ACY
As we express our love to God and wait before Him, the Lord may lovingly impress on our heart something we need to know and/or apply in our life. This expression of our love to God and the impression of His love on us completes the circle of intimacy in worship. We communicate to Him and He communicates with us – the two-way interaction of a close relationship.
VU L N E RAB I L I TY
The outcome of intimacy with God is vulnerability. We experience freedom to be honest with God because we realize how much He really loves us. Therefore, we embrace our dependence on Him, admit our weakness to Him, and confess our sin before Him. God’s presence provides a “safe place” in worship to be who we are. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit directs, we will give opportunity to pray for and minister to each other during worship
MU SI C WE PLAY At LCF, we do everything we can to play music that is relevant and exciting in todayâ€™s Worship culture. We work hard in preparation during the week to make sure that the worship you hear on Sunday morning is excellent and pleasing to God.
AU T HENTICIT Y
Meeting with God in simple, intimate, and vulnerable ways helps us avoid the temptation to be inauthentic. Our desire is that our worship be holy, pure and pleasing to our Lord. The worship leader will encourage biblical expressions of worship, but will not manipulate or coerce, for that would take away from the sincerity of the worship. Integrity of lifestyle must also be lived out by those in worship leadership. Worship leaders are expected to follow the Biblical Guidelines for Personal Discipleship & Ministry, so as to lead His people with clean hands and pure hearts.
Want to know the artist of a song played last Sunday? Check the web for our Sunday Setlists.
The first Wednesday night of each month, from 7:00-8:30pm, we meet as a church family for what we call the Vine. We intentionally have no small groups meeting on the first Wednesday, in order to encourage the whole family of LCF to gather together instead. In February of 2012 we began a new format for the evening with in-depth Bible study being the primary focus. The staff has felt a consistent prompting from the Lord to help people dig deeper into the Word of God. The first half of the evening is spent in verse-by-verse study of a book of the Bible. Shortly before 8:00pm the focus becomes worship, communion, and prayer ministry as we apply God’s word to our lives.
Childcare is provided from 6:50–8:40pm for children ages 3 months–5th grade. Janet Lapp (816-781-3831) is the Vine Child Care Coordinator and she sets up the volunteer child care through small groups who serve on a rotating basis
(approximately once every 18 months). A dinner theater takes place prior to the Vine 3-4 times per school year (as a fundraiser for one of the kids’ ministries) from 5:45–6:45pm in the Youth Center .
Some key features of The Vine’s services include extended worship, corporate communion, and in-depth Bible teaching.
MI N IST RIE S
IN THIS SEC TIO N
- Small Groups - Pastoral Care - Discover Your Ministry Workshop - Childrenâ€™s Ministry - Youth Ministry
SMALL GROUPS The New Testament church met not only in the temple area for corporate meetings of worship and teaching, but also in smaller groups in the homes of Christians.
Acts 2:46 – 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. Acts 20:20 – You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. Also see Acts 5:42, Colossians 4:15, Philemon 2:2, Romans 16:5. Teaching, sharing meals together, participating in the Lord’s Supper, worshipping, fellowshipping, etc., were common ingredients in the life of the early church as they met in each others’ homes. These small groups proved to be instrumental to the growth and maturity of the church. Therefore, we encourage
everyone to be a consistent participant in one of our small groups. We believe commitment to a small group is vital to the Christian life, and that the caring relationships we value are best developed in the context of group life. Anyone can join a small group at anytime throughout the year. Please see the Small Group Directory for specific information on each of the current groups, or call the church office.
D I S C OVER YOU R M I N I STRY WORKSH OP Every Christian has spiritual gifts, as well as a God-given purpose for their life. This enjoyable and essential workshop will assist you in discovering and understanding your spiritual gifts, recognizing your personality, as well as your ministry passions. It is given one Saturday per year, usually in the first quarter of the year, from 9:00–4:00, with a lunch served by LCF’s Hospitality Team.
We place a high priority on caring for the needs of the body of Christ at LCF. Therefore, we make prayer and pastoral care available through various means. First, all members of the church can receive prayer and encouragement on a regular basis from their small group.
Second, if there is further need, small group leaders should be consulted. Third, if the issue remains unresolved, small group leaders will refer to a staff member for a pastoral care appointment. We have assembled a pastoral care team, which includes staff members as well as members of the church with gifts of mercy and/or pastoring. The staff will determine who on the pastoral care team is best suited to minister to the particular need. Fourth, since we are not trained for (and therefore, do not offer) professional psychological counseling, in the event of further need we would refer you to a Christian counselor. Since our mainresponsibility as pastoral leaders is to equip people for the
work of ministry, the LCF staff is limited to the following: We offer pastoral care, not professional psychological counseling. We offer referrals to Christian counselors. We will not meet alone with someone of the opposite sex for the purpose of pastoral care. A third party must be present. We leave the responsibility for choosing professional psychological counseling to the individual(s) seeking help. We only make recommendations. This is the best way we can care for the needs of those who attend LCF and, at the same time, stay true to the pastoral priority of equipping people to do ministry. (See Ephesians 4:11â€“13.) We will reach out in whatever pastoral way we can to those outside of LCF. However, our priority is ministry to those God has placed in our fellowship. It is to be expected that our time, energy, and money are not as available to anyone in general as they are to those who are integrated into our church and pastoral care structure, particularly our small groups.
KIDSPOINT We see children as a gift to us as parents and to us as a church. We see each child as unique and special, and as vital to the church and community, both now and in the future. We are committed to assisting parents in raising godly children, therefore, our vision reflects that heart.
KI DSPOI NT MISSION “Targeting hearts, Changing lives through Jesus Christ” the gospel to children T Take & families them into a relationship with Jesus Christ A Advance R Root them with believers G Grow them as disciples E Equip them for ministry their lives totally T Turn to Christ
HOW DOE S T HAT LOOK
Because of the high priority placed on our families, the children, including babies, join us in the sanctuary for the first
ten minutes of worship. This allows us to participate in worship together as families and to model worship for children. Following worship during each service, loving and safe nursery care is available for babies (3–18 months). For our children 19 months–5th grade, age appropriate lessons are presented which introduce our children to know and grow in Christ. Different formats are used to offer a variety of experiences including Bible study, worship, Kids’ worship, Bible teaching and application, scripture memorization, prayer and relationship-building. These are all important values of each class. On Tuesday nights from 6:30–8:15 p.m., TruthSeekers (a 3 year discipleship program) is available to those 3rd–5th graders who desire to dig deeper into God’s Word and its application in their lives, and also to develop closer relationships with adult leaders and peers. This ministry also
begins to equip them for ministry in reaching out to others in service and sharing their faith and culminates with a mission trip their 3rd year.
One of our #1 goals is for the church and family to partner together to raise Godly people in the next generation. If thereâ€™s any way we can be of assistance in the lives of your children, please contact us.
Throughout the year we also provide additional activities for children and families that are geared to develop family relationships and allow us to reach out to our community together. A couple of these include Trunk â€˜r Treat in October and summer Vacation Bible School. Safety is very important to us for our children. Background checks and thorough screenings are a regular part of Kids Point Ministry. Many of you also may have a desire to see the next generation of children know and grow in Christ. If you would like to explore this possibility, please contact the church office. All those involved in Kidspoint are eager to serve you as parents and to help your child come to know Christ and grow as a believer in Him. Thank you for allowing us to partner with you.
The goal of LCF Youth Ministry is to reach students for Jesus Christ and disciple them to become more like Christ in their daily lives. We love teenagers, and we want them to know they are loved every time they come to LCF! Our Youth Ministry is divided into two groups: 6th–8th Grade and 9th–12th Grade. Our Middle School Ministry (6th–8th grade) is full of energy, fun, and teaching. We use this time to share the gospel with students, and to make sure each student knows what it means to follow Jesus in his or her daily life. Middle School Youth Group, The Bridge, is on Sundays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. We meet together to play games, worship through music, teach God’s truths, then break up into smaller groups for discussion and prayer.
Our 9th–12th Grade students go to The Edge on Sunday nights (from 7:00-8:30 p.m.) and participate in D-Groups within
or immediately after that time. The Edge is a great place to come and worship, and learn about how to live a life dedicated to loving and following God. It is a time of fun, laughter, worship, and teaching. Our D-Groups are Discipleship Groups, and are
For more information about what we are currently teaching and what’s coming up, check out the Youth section of the website. split by grade and gender. Each D-Group has adult leaders and meets for fellowship, training, accountability, and prayer. This is where our students can grow closer to God and each other.
MIS S I ON S IN TH I S S E C TION -Global Missions
--Haiti Missions --Church Planting --East Asia --Thailand --Global Health Innovations --Trinidad
-Local Outreach Ministry --Liberty Women’s Clinic --Camp Barnabas --Vacation Bible School --Trunk ‘r Treat --Outreach to the Elderly --Snack Backpack Ministry --Operation Christmas Child --One-time Missions Support
GLOBAL MISSIONS LCF’s global mission is to glorify God by exalting Jesus among all peoples through the multiplication and strengthening of Christ-followers and indigenous churches. Jesus’ command to “Go and disciple all the peoples of the world” (Matthew 28:19) is the quintessential command given to the church. There is much work left to be done, and in order to fulfill this monumental task, we need everybody. At LCF we value total body engagement in Missions. We strive to involve everybody in a church-wide effort to fulfill the Great Commission with all spiritual gifts and roles in use. The people who pray, the people who give, the people who send, the people who welcome, and those who play various other roles are just as valuable as those who go. Let’s contend together as one for the gospel and strive to see Revelation 7:9-10 become a reality.
H A ITI MI S S I ON S
LCF has been involved in Haiti since 2008. In September 2011, we began a partnership with Source de la Grace Church in Port-au-Prince. The overall goal is to bring the light of Christ and His love to a people who struggle spiritually even as they struggle each day for basic sustenance. We hope to make 3-4 trips per year to Haiti. There is a home-based Haiti team that provides prayer support, resources, medical expertise, hospitality, and much more for this ministry.
C H URCH P L AN TI N G A M ON G TH E U N RE ACH E D LCF is currently praying and planning to send a team to plant a church in Turkey. Turkey is a place in the world destitute of the gospel of Jesus Christ, where less than a percent of the countries population is Christian. This will be a project that will require many roles to be played here at LCF and overseas in Turkey.
EAST ASI A MISSIO NS
(Sue Koch) -- Sue is a former LCF member who has now been in East Asia for over 20 years sharing the gospel and making disciples. Her primary ministry is with coaches and athletes, some on the Olympic level. We are constantly attempting to mobilize a home-based team of prayer support and friendship for her.
THA ILA ND MI SSIO NS
(The Stuck Family) -- Jonathan and Juliet Stuck are LCF members who are full-time missionaries in northeastern Thailand among the Isaan people. We have a home-based team that prays for Thailand and the Stucks, and communicates with them regularly.
G LO BAL H E ALTH INNOVATI ON S
This is a ministry led by Brad Gautney with the primary purpose of physically and spiritually impacting the lives of those affected by AIDS in countries within Africa. For more information on GHI, visit globalhealthinnovations.org
T R IN I DAD
Periodically a team from LCF forms for a short-term trip to Trinidad to share the gospel, teach the Bible, and care for children and the community.
RE VELATION 7:9â€“10
After this I looked, and behold a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb . . . crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
LOCA L MISSIONS LIBE RTY WOMEN’S C L I N I C
One of our LCF attenders sensed a call from God to establish a Christ-based support center for moms and their unborn children. Since 2000, many women have received education and counsel from a biblical perspective with the hope that their babies are given opportunity for life. We rejoice in the lives that have been spared from abortion!
CAMP BA R NA BAS
Every summer our youth lead a trip to serve the handicapped at Camp Barnabas in southern Missouri. Our students serve their assigned camper day in and day out in a sacrificial manner. This time brings comfort and joy to the physically and/or mentally handicapped camper, as well as blessings to their parents and family.
VACAT I O N B I B L E S CH OOL
Children ages 4 years–3rd Grade from the area are invited to participate in this week-long time of fun, evangelism and discipleship. A separate overnight time of fun, evangelism and discipleship is available for 4th–6th Grade children.
T RU N K R’ TRE AT
We line our parking lot with decorated car trunks filled with candy, manned by our costumed teenagers and adults. This positive alternative to Halloween is catching on in the community, and is an incredible opportunity to share the love and joy of Christ!
O U TRE ACH TO T H E E L DE RLY
This ministry is a one-on-one type of ministry at a few nursing care centers in the area. It’s a unique opportunity to minister to those who often feel forgotten.
DOU LOS MINIST RY
Doulos exists to serve those in need within our church, primarily through home repair and maintenance. It focuses on single mothers with children, elderly, and others in need of assistance.
SN ACK BACKPAC K
Each week we provide food for the weekend for children in need at Doniphan Elementary School (under the direction of Liberty School District). Each family involved in this ministry donates $20/month through LCF to purchase the food, which is packed by a group of people within the team of donors. New donors are always welcome!
OPERATIO N CHRISTMAS CH ILD
As our annual Christmas outreach, we partner with Samaritanâ€™s Purse (Franklin Grahamâ€™s organization) to bless children around the world by providing them shoeboxes full of toys, school supplies, and personal care items.
O NE-TI ME M ISS I ON S S U P P ORT
When an LCF person is going on a non-LCF directed missions trip, they may apply for a one-time missions support gift by contacting Bev May (email@example.com). In this way, we hope to encourage those doing missions work. LCF individuals have ministered in a variety of settings: orphanages, church plants, evangelistic outreaches, maternity homes and teaching English as a second language in countries such as China, Guatemala, Haiti, France, Kenya, Ukraine, Mexico, Romania, Russia and Peru.
R EB UI L DI N G TOG E TH E R C LAY COU N TY
Rebuilding together Clay County is a local ministry that LCF supports. Rebuilding together Clay County organizes work days, where we spend a day helping the elderly, disabled and those with low income so that they can stay in their existing homes longer and more comfortably because they are unable to without help.
O RGANI ZAT I ON
I N THI S SE CTION -How LCF is Structured -- Decision making -- Finances
DECISION MAKING Senior Pastor Kim May, developed a Leadership Team soon after starting the church. The Leadership Team works with him in making major decisions about direction, finances, staff, and more. The Leadership Team serves the church with their leadership gifts . Although Kim is the leader of the Leadership Team, he does not make major decisions on his own, only in unity with his fellow leaders. Direction needed on a week to week basis is determined by staff members. The entirestaff meets 3 hours each week for prayer,
accountability, and ministry evaluation and planning. Some decisions naturally evolve within the context of our ministry teams and small group leaders as well, but not apart from staff and or Leadership Team agreement. Although we do not vote on decisions at LCF, your feedback is highly valued. Please contact the appropriate person concerning your input, whether it be a small group leader, ministry team leader, staff member, or Leadership Team member.
AT LCF WE TRY SEE ALL DECISIONS THROUGH OUR MISSION: Building devoted followers of Christ through Relevant Worship, Caring Relationship, Biblical Teaching and Practical Ministry 33
ACCO UNTA B I L I T Y FOR STA FF In addition to the Biblical Guidelines for Personal Discipleship and Ministry, our staff members have accountability measures in place that they adhere to when it comes to relationships the way they live their life as a leader within LCF. Staff members will remain submitted to the Leadership Team and Senior Pastor. They will defer their interest for the sake of unity and the benefit of the church as well as engage every relationship with grace. Staff members will not meet alone with someone of the opposite sex for the purpose of pastoral care, or any other purpose. The presence of a third party is required for any meeting, whether at the church office or elsewhere. Staff members set an example of fruitfulness and generosity by, giving tithes and offerings to God through LCF, staying away from inordinate debt and modeling wise financial stewardship with integrity.
LC F FI N AN C E S
At LCF, we give diligent attention to our financial management. We purpose to please God as good stewards. We aim to be above reproach in the eyes of both our church and those outside our church. We teach the giving of tithes (10% of one’s first-fruits income, i.e., 10% of one’s gross income), plus the giving of offerings (monies given over and above one’s tithe). This generosity is never treated lightly, for there is an element of sacrifice in our giving. Therefore, we manage these gifts with appropriate respect, thanksgiving and trustworthiness. The annual budget is planned by the Leadership Team in conjunction with the leaders of the various ministry areas who are responsible to oversee the ministry funds in their areas. If you are interested in looking at LCF’s current operating budget, you may pick up a copy in the display case at the Welcome Center in the Lobby.
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