Ministry on the Margins
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” Proverbs 19:17
God’s heart beats for us all, but in so many places in scripture we see God elevating the cause of the outcast, the poor, and those on the margins of society. The marginalized in Lake County are at the core of what the Unshackled Network is all about. To that end, we just want to achieve the goal of seeing more and more people who are in the shadows of Lake County come to know God and His love for them and we don’t care what ministry gets the credit. All ministry is the Lord’s. Here are our recommendations for a few organizations that are also on a similar mission doing ministry on the margins of Lake County that we’d encourage you to partner with this season and beyond.
Luke 3:11 Share Center
My Father’s Business
“Our mission is simple…handle our Father’s Business by planting seeds in young men that change eternities
Friday night family presents an open invite to any youth in the neighborhood to hoop, eat, and hear the Good News about King Jesus. What started as 6 God has grown to hundreds. ALL are welcome!!!”
Stepping Stones Network
Our vision is to create an engaged and compassionate community where sexual exploitation is not tolerated, human rights and dignity are valued, and the lives of both victims and perpetrators are being restored through God-centered relationships.
Activate the community and the church by raising awareness of the reality of sex trafficking and offering specific ways to get involved.
Prevention & Protection
End demand for commercial sexual exploitation and protect our youth and adults from becoming victims.
Provide a holistic residential program for adult female survivors and therapeutic programs for non-violent users of prostitution and pornography.
Frontline Street Intervention
Our conviction: We will never spend more on the network than we do on blessing the community.
Below is a percentage breakdown on how we have committed to spend every penny that comes in through our general fund.
We plant microchurches using this budget. This also funds our support services that we provide to micro-churches, including administrative, technical & website costs, etc.
ALL MANAGEMENT STAFF FOR 2019 ARE NON-PAID VOLUNTEERS.
While micro-churches are trained on fundraising and expected to raise funds for their needs, we also provide grants for missional ventures. Your gift allows micro-churches to apply for funds to make mission happen.
While each of our micro-churches will have their own local missional focus, there are some things that as a network we would love to do together to advance the mission of God in Lake County (i.e: partnering with food pantries, school outreaches, etc). Your donation helps the mission move forward.
Church Family Benevolence
As members of our family find themselves in crisis we desire to be able to help them as any family would. This would be a supplement to aid in the caring for one another. Your support helps us support one another through the most difficult of times.
While God calls us to care for the family first, He also demonstrates that caring for all of His creation is our responsibility. Your investment allows us to care for urgent needs of those we encounter that are not in our network.
We believe that God is not only at work here but abroad. We want to participate in that work as well, in whatever ways the Lord allows. Your partnership is important for our global mission.
We believe operating with margin is wisdom. Sometimes things are beyond our initial expectations. This also gives us the ability to save for future missional endeavors.