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Helping Churches Help People

modelThere are three levels to the Love INC model, and each affiliate has the opportunity to minister to people in need on all three levels. Each level goes deeper in fulfilling Love INC’s mission to mobilize the Church to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.

Level One: The Clearinghouse Model is the foundation of all Love INC affiliates and includes the basic steps below:

  1. Receive request for help. Love INC receives requests for help by telephone from churches and pastors, agencies, individuals and families.
  2. Assess the need. Specially trained Love INC volunteers or staff screen the request for extent of need and legitimacy, and discover any deeper issues fueling the crisis. Love INC determines what help the client has already received from agencies or churches, and ensures the need is manageable and specific.
  3. Refer to help. The request is referred to the most appropriate Love INC partner church, agency, or faith-based organization and the need is met.
  4. Follow up. Love INC reviews the outcome. Was the immediate need met? Is there a core issue that requires longer-term attention? The follow-up also provides an opportunity for the recipient to become connected to a local church if he or she so desires.

Level Two: Many Love INC affiliates have taken the model to Level Two, theRelational Ministry Model. This level trains and links church members with individuals and families in need on a long-term basis to provide mentoring, goal setting, skill training, and spiritual and emotional support. Affiliates must have an established, effective Clearinghouse for at least one year before requesting training in the Relational Ministry Model.

Level Three: In Level Three, the Comprehensive Community Development Model, Love INCs go even further to meet the needs of their communities by addressing the deeper issues that contribute to poverty and hopelessness such as lack of affordable housing, employment opportunities, day care, and other community-wide issues.