LIFE Passages


Ministry Title: LIFE Passages
Ministry Leaders: Kris Mazzola
Ministry Purpose:

In order to reach people with the love of Jesus Christ, the LIFE Passages ministry will help children of Lord of Life to continue to grow in their faith and share their faith with others. We will support the mission of reaching people with the love of Jesus Christ.

Specifically:
1.Nurture children through weekly classes.
2.LIFE Passages recognitions
3.LIFE Passages events and outreach projects

Number of people needed: teachers: 8-10, substitutes: 10 or more (now have 14)
Now have: 9
Now needed: 0
This ministry relates to: Grow Team
This ministry meets: Weekly - Sunday mornings from September - May
Training provided: A teacher training meeting is held in August.
Time Commitment:
Spiritual gifts that are useful, but not limited to: Encouraging, faith, giving, hospitality, leadership, prayer, service, shepherding, teaching, witnessing

About Ministries at Lord of Life What Motivates Us And How You Can Be Involved

Responsibilities of a Leader of a Ministry of Lord of Life Church

  1. Serve consistent with the Mission, Vision and Values of the Congregation.
  2. Serve within the framework of one of the seven Teams of the congregation; in coordination with the Team Leader(s) and meeting with other Ministry Leaders within the team.
  3. Not raise funds within the congregation or community, other than the existing funds of the congregation, without the prior approval of the Congregation Council.  Your Team Leader can help you with the annual budgeting process or with how to request approval from the council to raise funds.


Privileges of Ministries of Lord of Life Church

  1. You may use all the facilities and resources of the congregation (see Facilities Use Guide).
  2. You may publicize in the bulletin and newsletter of the congregation (see Facilities Use Guide).
  3. You may submit an annual budget request, through your Team, to the council.
  4. You may represent your ministry as one of Lord of Life Church in the community.
  5. As Leader or co-Leader, you may participate in all leadership training and support events in and through Lord of Life Church.
  6. Utilize the congregation’s spiritual gifts data banks for recruiting and developing partners in your ministry.


How to "Conclude" a Ministry of Lord of Life Church

  1. Pray ... listening for God's leading, and discerning God's gifts for ministry in your life.
  2. Talk personally with your Team Leader before reaching a conclusion, sharing some of what is leading you into this time of discernment.  Be as honest, open and vulnerable with God, and your Team Leader, as you can.
  3. It may be helpful to discuss it with others to assist in discernment, particularly the current participants.
  4. Determine whether you feel the ministry is either (a) no longer valid, or (b)  you no longer feel called to lead that ministry.
  5. Once you’ve reached a decision, meet again with your Team Leader to share your conclusion.
If you deem the ministry is no longer valid (i.e. meeting a need, helping reach others with the love of Christ, or equipping disciples), notify the Team Leader.  The Leader will notify the church office and Team Staff to remove it from the congregation's roster of ministries.

If you discern the ministry is valid and you believe it should continue with different leadership, you are encouraged to seek a new Leader, or two.  Once accomplished, the new Leader will need to complete a "Ministry Description."

As you step down from ministry leadership, you are encouraged to do the following:
  • Thank those who have served with you in this ministry, either privately,  publicly, or both.
  • Share a brief written summary of your experience in this ministry and as a leader, including joys/success, struggles/shortcomings, and insights that might help others in the future.


How to Become a Ministry of Lord of Life Church

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  1. Pray ... listening for God's leading and discerning God's gifts for ministry. Discuss it with others to assist in discernment. If you know the area of ministry you may wish to speak with that Team Leader.
  2. Locate a "Ministry of Lord of Life Church Description Form" from the church office or in the Narthex.
  3. Complete all the information, which includes: commitment to the Mission, Vision, Values of the congregation; designation of leaders and participants; a purpose for the ministry, and identification with one of the Ministry Teams at Lord of Life Church for accountability and cooperative ministry.
  4. After determining which Team you will relate to, schedule a time to meet with one or both of the co-Leaders of that Team. This will be the Team and Leaders you will relate to at Lord of Life Church. They will submit your budget, vision with you, coordinate your ministry with other ministries on this Team, and generally assist you in leading your ministry.
  5. Both the Ministry Leader and a Team Leader sign the "Description" and return it the church office.

Once this process is completed you are entitled to the privileges reserved for Ministries of the Congregation and are expected to hold the responsibilities common to all ministries and ministry Leaders of the congregation.

Ministry Team Purpose Statements

Experience Team: Provide as many people as possible an experience of God’s grace through weekly worship and welcome.

Grow Team: To help grow a member’s faith into discipleship of Christ through Bible study, small groups and learning opportunities.

Connect Team: To encourage people as they discover and use their spiritual gifts, abilities, passions and experiences to glorify our God.

Mission Team: To encourage, equip and engage as many members as possible to reach out to others with the love of God in Jesus Christ.

Administrate Team: To steward the resources God has given Lord of Life Church as we cultivate an environment conducive to faithful ministry and spiritual growth.

FAQ Topics Grow

What educational opportunities are there for me?

There are several educational and discipleship programs for adults. On Sunday mornings, Sept-May, various Adult educational courses (LIFE Classes) take place, generally lasting for 3 weeks. In the summer, there is one class for adults that takes current events from the newspaper and relates them to the Bible readings for the week.There is also a Sunday morning Augsburg Bible Study which takes place year-round. Youth ages 3 - grade 12 will also find Bible based classes September - May (LIFE Passages and One Body). You are invited to go deeper in a small group (LIFE Group) where ongoing educational topics are discussed and deeper relationships are formed. Also, consider broadening your horizons by getting involved in the ministries of the church. Being around other Christians during the week will help you in your discipleship journey. Take a look at the LIFE at Lord of Life section to learn more about what's going on.

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How do I decide how much I should give?

In general, biblical tithing refers to the practice of giving one tenth of one's income for the work of God. In the Hebrew Bible, tithing was understood as a response of gratitude and an obligation. In the light of the New Testament, some Christians believe tithing is still an obligation, whereas other Christians understand tithing to be a loving, freely chosen response to God's gracious provisions for life - God's grace! Tithing is understood by many Christians to be a very helpful discipline in one's faith life.

Are there educational opportunities for my children?

Yes. Our LIFE Passages program provides Sunday morning religious education for grades K-6. Students in grades 6-8 participate in Affirmation of Baptism classes (otherwise known as Confirmation). High schoolers have an educational and fellowship group, ONEbody

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