MOBILIZING CHRISTIAN CHURCHES

Love INC is:

  • A Strategy to help churches come together to help their neighbors in need.

  • A Partnership of local churches, that links Christian volunteers and ministries to people in need.

  • A Movement of Christian churches working together to show God’s Love to those in need.

  • A Model for implementing Christ-like relational ministries that transforms lives—both those being served and those who serve.

  • A Method for mobilizing local church congregations to live out the two great commandments of loving God and loving their neighbor.

  • A Network of affiliates supporting and encouraging each other.

  • A Collaboration between local churches and their community (agencies, ministries, government, schools) to provide effective help for the disadvantaged.

  • A Vehicle that helps churches, collectively and individually, fulfill their biblical mandate to reach out to their community.

 

Love INC is the Church:
Churches Make Love INC
Churches Do Love INC
Churches Relate Through Love INC
Churches Mobilize Through Love INC
Churches Own Love INC
Churches ARE Love INC!

 

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Love INC Sheboygan County’s Ministries

CLEARINGHOUSE

GAP MINISTRIES

TRANSFORMATIONAL MINISTRY

(Our newest ministry!)

CLEARINGHOUSE OPERATION

 
 

The Clearinghouse is open Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 10am-2 pm.  

In the Clearinghouse “Intake Specialists” which are caring Christian Volunteers from our Churches are there to answer the phone calls from our Neighbors In Need.  The “Intake Specialists” will go through an intake evaluation with the Neighbors In Need which can take 45 minutes.  The Neighbor In Need is offered a prayer and then the information goes to our Clearinghouse Coordinator for verification and clarification.  

TRANSFORMATIONAL MINISTRY

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The Importance of the Love INC Transformational Ministry Program

The transformative classes and compassionate fellowship found within the Love INC Transformational Ministry Program has the potential to help our Neighbors break free from need and change the trajectory of their lives to a positive and sustainable directions. Our assistance in the TM Program is accomplished through providing a hand up and not a handout. A handout requires little to no effort on the part of the receiver. A handout is crippling because it communicates and reinforces the notion that someone in chronic need, does not need to change, or make different decisions, or exert effort to meet their own needs beyond asking another to provide for them.

Someone who receives a handout repeatedly can come to depend on that handout to sustain their daily life or that of their families. Over time, a handout has the capacity to create learned helplessness in people, by creating reliance on systems, programs, and others that provide free handouts to meet basic needs. Future generations learn this reliance on systems, programs, and others for survival then repeat this cycle, model it for their next generation, and generational poverty is created. Without challenge or struggle, a person’s growth is stifled and their God-given potential will likely not be reached. Just like the butterfly in, "The story of the butterfly".

A hand UP offers compassion that has the capacity to redeem. Providing a hand up to struggling Neighbors recognizes the Core Values of Redemptive Compassion which maintain that: everyone has value, everyone has capacity and potential, mutual participation is important, we must use wisdom and discernment in our responses, what we do should help transform lives, and that we are all called to invest relationally in each other. Christ has called us into relationship with one another, when He commanded us to love our Neighbors as ourselves. It is through building relationships that we will truly be able to love into one another as we are called to do. A hand up encourages, inspires, and invests in the person and their future, not just their immediate need. 

While true emergencies can and do occur, repeated crises often signify underlying lack of personal knowledge, skill, and/or ability. A goal of the Love INC Transformational Ministry Program is to utilize God-given gifts of local believers to impart knowledge, teach skills, and encourage abilities in able-minded individuals and families so they may experience the success of providing for oneself and one's family. 

Christ has promised all a life of abundance found in the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and has assured us that through belief and reliance on Him, we will be provided for (Philippians 4:19). Christ has commanded us all to love our Neighbors as ourselves, and to be a witness for Him (Matthew 22:36-40)(1 Peter 3:15). Through the Transformational Ministry Program, you will have the opportunity to live out His call in a way that introduces your Neighbors to His grace, His mercy, and His provision. With a small investment of your time, your example can guide others desire a life with Him, and that is where the life transformation we speak of occurs, and that is the ultimate goal!


Transformational Ministry Classes

 
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GAP MINISTRIES

The following are our "Gap Ministries", or the areas we can provide resources for.

 
  • Furniture

  • Bedding

  • Personal Care

  • Love Buckets (Cleaning Supplies)

  • Home Repair

  • Car Repair

  • Cooking

  • Moving

  • Starter Kitchen Kits

  • Sew Caring

  • Hope Bags (For Victims of Domestic Abuse)

 
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Gap Ministry Donation Guidelines:

Please ensure that all items donated to Love INC Gap Ministries are "gently loved" meaning: structurally-sound, unbroken, no rips, tears, stains, permanent odors, and/or major damage or wear.

Items Accepted:

  • Mattresses, box springs, bedframes, headboards– Toddler, Twin, Full, Queen, King (for King-sized, mattresses only please)

  • Bedding– Toddler, Twin, Full, Queen, King

  • Couches, loveseats 

  • Chairs– Kitchen/dining, living room chairs, recliners, lift-chairs (case-by-case), ottomans

  • Tables– Kitchen tables, coffee/end tables

  • Lamps– Table and floor lamps          

  • Bedroom dressers– Please specify if large or small dresser

Items Not Accepted:

  • King Box springs (Difficult to fit in many apartments, and up stairways)

  • Sleeper sofas (Due to the weight)

  • Appliances– Freezer, refrigerator, oven, microwave, blender, washer/dryer, etc.

  • Electronics– TV, DVD, VCR, stereos, etc.

  • Home décor items or decorative furniture

  • Items which are easily broken or require extra care (Ex. glass table tops)

Please note: There is not always a current need for all items accepted and at times our storage space becomes limited. Frequently-requested/high-volume items may take priority. We greatly appreciate your understanding if we are unable to accept any of the items you wish to donate.