Local Engagement is a set of programs designed to join the local and global community together in being the body of Christ.
The body of Christ has many parts. To be the whole body each part must be appreciated, valued, and given the space to be and do what God has called them to. Community Engagement seeks to bring all people as Christ-followers together to live, work, and serve God.
Imagine feet that walk with the wounded, visit the imprisoned, go to the outcasts, find the forgotten, stand against injustice, carry the weak, and run to the lonely. Imagine voices that share the Gospel with the lost, counsel the confused, speak up for the voiceless, encourage the depressed, comfort the sick, and pray with the grieving.
We believe that as we are being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can transform our worlds in Jesus' name by engaging with our neighborhoods, communities, workplaces, and schools through mentoring, ministry partners, missional communities, and church multiplication.
Our vison is a healthy, engaged, and compassionate community. Our mission is to end poverty and homelessness. We do this by mobilizing faith-based and community partners, activating individual and community assets, and meeting immediate needs in our community. Our core values are: relationships, grace, inclusion, stewardship, excellence, and innovation.
Good Samaritan Ministries is deeply invested in empowering families to leave the cycle of poverty. We use a strengths based approach and utilize the skills and abilities of individuals to guide their path from crisis to stability, and ultimately, to thriving. We are amazed by how God is at work in the lives of individuals and families that are discovering their gifts and working their way out of poverty.
At LifeQuest we strongly believe that we are AtTOM (All the Time On Mission) Sharing stories weekly on how we have been on mission. No matter if at work, the gas station, school, home, or grocery store we are the church where ever we find ourselves. We encourage everyone to always be looking for opportunities to share the Love of Christ.
BELL - English Classes, one on one mentorship with employees that work at IFR, sharing the gospel while learning English as a second language.
Monthly prayer with IFR employees - inviting them in to lead and share.
Walking with two leadership members who have a heart to minister and start a different kind of church at their places of employment.
Walking with other pastors, believers and coaching them and empowering them to live out faith in new and fresh ways in our community.
Developing relationships with other business leaders to seek opportunity to start small LifeQuest expressions in other companies.
Special Education Ministry
Special Education Ministry is a weekly worship service for approximately 65-70 adults (“students”) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each individual with a disability is paired with a “teacher” who is a volunteer from a local church, the community, area high school, or Hope College. The worship service is filled with genuine and heartfelt joy and praise. The students participate with enthusiasm and simple expressions of their love for God. The students eagerly await this weekly and regular opportunity to worship. Their expressions of faith are uncomplicated and from the heart.
Special Education Ministry demonstrates the love of Christ by providing a worship and teaching opportunity in a way that welcomes and respects the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Our vision is to provide this worship opportunity in a manner that respects the students’ age and abilities, while enhancing their ability to access the word and love of the Lord.