Celebrate with our Graduates!

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Our latest round of Transformational Ministry classes culminated in graduation ceremonies this spring. Twenty eight students and mentors spent weeks together studying Affirming Potential (learning who God created them to be), Faith & Finances (learning money management skills), and Boundaries (learning when to say yes and how to say no).

The Body of Christ at Work

Just as the Body of Christ has many parts each doing their ‘thing’, our churches work together to mobilize around these students. Churches serve as host locations for the classes. Others run drives to collect paper goods to share as incentives. Members of our partner churches build relationships with our neighbors as facilitators and mentors. Small groups ‘take over’ the evening, providing meals and greeters for one night. In all, a dozen of our partner churches served our neighbors this year through our Transformational Ministry.
Bethel Lutheran Church, Gurnee Joy! Lutheran, Gurnee
Christ Church, Lake Forest Lakeland Evangelical, Gurnee
Christ Community Church, Zion The Chapel-Libertyville Campus
Christian Neighbors Church, Waukegan Trinity Community Church, Libertyville
Gurnee Community Church Village Church of Gurnee
Immanuel Church, Gurnee Willow Creek Community Church

In the Words of our Neighbors

“I found out things that I really didn’t understand about myself – things that I didn’t want to let go that I knew I had to let go to make things right. I know not to let nobody cross my boundary – and I’m not going to cross theirs.”
“Like anybody would, when you first start you have doubts. But I’m glad I took the class. To other people it was just a certificate, but to me I can relate these things I learned in class to my daily life.”
“[Boundaries] is my sixth class through Love INC and this is one of my favorites. I thought I had boundaries set…now I am working on my ‘no’ being ‘no’.”
“The support here – the daily texts – when you don’t have anybody, its really amazing that people want to see you be successful.”

You  Can Play a Part

Our next round of classes start up again in September, with plenty of opportunities to serve our neighbors! Contact Amy today at [email protected] to help your church get connected.
“Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” ~ Proverbs 24:14