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Field Staff

A Christian based support system which shows love through accountability & relationship development.

5 Focus Areas

When the Field Staff enters into a relationship, we focus on the following 5 areas to obtain personal growth and development:

Discipleship

Growing in faith & knowledge of Jesus Christ. Discipleship is modeled to neighbors, volunteers, staff, churches, organizations, and the community.

Economic Empowerment

Taking steps forward in the growth process: livable wages, job training, education, sustainable budgets, good financial habits, credit repair, etc.

Home Ownership

Making home ownership a real possibility. Building strong foundations, stability and confidence.

Healthcare

Access to medical care: services include primary care doctors, dental care, mental health services, affordable prescriptions, etc.

Community Connections

Bridging the gap between the under-resourced people in the community with professionals, organizations & churches.

One-On-One Discipleship.

One-on-one discipleship looks very similar in every relationship we encounter. We wholeheartedly invest ourselves in the lives of others with the sole purpose of sharing the transforming power of Jesus through our own broken yet redemptive stories (Luke 8:39). There are times when we walk through a topical study, discuss the Bible together (2 Timothy 3:16-17), pray for each other (Colossians 1:9-13), or simply come together to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:1-2). Love motivates us to live out relationships (Philippians 2:3-4) the same way Jesus invested in the lives of his disciples. “A new commandment I give you; that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Local Churches.

Each of us are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), designed with unique gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4), and have been given a special role within our community (1 Peter 4:10). We were designed to need each other (Hebrews 3:13), grow with each other (James 5:19-20), and experience the fullness of Christ because we are with others who bear His image (Colossians 3:16). It is important that we have others who genuinely care for us and that we invest ourselves in caring for others (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). We encourage families in the Lincoln Community to join a local church body in-order to develop deep, caring, long-lasting relationships (John 13:34-35). Lincoln Village Ministry provides the Lincoln community with various church options and encourages each family to visit different churches within our city to find a place where their family feels most connected. “You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, build on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him, you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22

Evolve

A Christian based support system where we love one another through accountability & relationship development.

Evolve is a Christian based support system where we love one another through accountability and relationship development. Every person in neighborhood has personal goals but due to various life difficulties, some goals been difficult to reach. We work together to develop a successful and joyful future.

Participating in Evolve.

When you participate in Evolve, Lincoln Village comes alongside you to help remove stumbling blocks that have prevented you from seeing success. We also use our ministry contacts to access resources that will help you receive medical health, job training, etc. We also work together to develop a plan that will provide you and your family financial security. However, the main purpose of developing our relationship is to help encourage you to realize your God given talents. God has made each of us amazing but sometimes we need to be reminded when we hit those hard bumps in life. As you begin living in The Village Neighborhood, you’ll realize that we are like a close family where we protect and care for each other so that we can have a safe, affordable, and caring place to raise our kids. The best way to describe our neighborhood environment is found in a Bible scripture that says . . .

“God himself is teaching you to love each other, and you are already extending your love. Yet we urge you to have more and more of this love. Be busy with your own affairs and do your work yourselves. The result will be a reputation for honesty in the world outside and an honourable independence.” (1 Thes 4:9-12)

Evolve is different because the all of the plans, goals, and success is created around your personal goals. There are three phases that describe Evolve…

Phase 1

We develop relationships to help encourage each person to recognize their God given talents and purpose for their life. How is this done?

We meet together, we get to know each other, and we develop a relationship so that Lincoln Village can become your accountability partner. Often times, during this first year, you might see that childhood wounds or personal loss have put obstacles in the way of reaching your goals. We have developed relationships with counselors and mental health professionals who will meet with you to work on overcoming these issues. These one-on-one meetings help develop a positive, mentally healthy plan to move forward.

There are several things we work on during this first phase in our accountability relationship. Together we create a livable monthly budget, we set up a regular habit of paying bills on time, we learn what bills have affected your credit score and we work on making your credit score higher. Together we develop a plan to which allows you to decrease stress. Through this phase, many residents say they like to learn more about the Bible but they may not have not felt comfortable asking questions. A Bible study is not required to be in Evolve but many residents have enjoyed these conversations.

Lincoln Village develops relationships to help encourage each person to recognize their God given talents and purpose for their life. How is this done?

We meet together, we get to know each other, and we develop a relationship so that Lincoln Village can become your accountability partner. Often times, during this first year, you might see that childhood wounds or personal loss have put obstacles in the way of reaching your goals. We have developed relationships with counselors and mental health professionals who will meet with you to work on overcoming these issues. These one-on-one meetings help develop a positive, mentally healthy plan to move forward.

There are several things we work on during this first phase in our accountability relationship. Together we create a livable monthly budget, we set up a regular habit of paying bills on time, we learn what bills have affected your credit score and we work on making your credit score higher. Together we develop a plan to which allows you to decrease stress. Through this phase, many residents say they like to learn more about the Bible but they may not have not felt comfortable asking questions. A Bible study is not required to be in Evolve but many residents have enjoyed these conversations.

Phase 2

Evolve wants to create an opportunity for personal growth and a place to learn skills needed to develop a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle. How is this done?

During this second phase of accountability, we work on skills that help us live a healthy lifestyle. Often times the plan may include reducing debt, credit repair, and develop a plan for savings. Since we’ve already identified your personal goals, we work on making these dreams a reality. As one of our residents said “It gives another way of living where you go from mindset of just getting by to a mindset of working towards something- a real goal.” This might look like completing school, learning a new skill, working on having healthier finances, creating healthier relationships, etc. Of course, having an accountability partner means that when things get hard, you’ll have someone encouraging you to keep going. This is how we live out what the Bible says which is “…encourage one another and build each other up…” (1 Thes 5:11)

Phase 3

Evolve wants each resident to celebrate completing personal goals, be living a financially responsible lifestyle, and know God’s plan for their life. How is this done?

During the third phase of accountability, we work towards a plan for moving out of The Village Neighborhood. This plan can include you working with our partner resources, such as Habitat for Humanity, in order to prepare for homeownership. We also continue to live a financially healthy lifestyle including having a self sustaining job, growing your savings fund, and eliminating outstanding debt. God will have been teaching you through these phases more about yourself, your talents, and the plan he has for you. We want to work together for you to be fully living this out.

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Field Staff Stats

 

– 2017 –

Over 400 Meetings with 20 Families

100% Evolve Residents are Employed

84% of Residents Paid Rent On-Time

17 of 20 Children Attend LA or LL

1 Matched Savings Used for Home Purchase

Resources Stats

 

– 2017 –

192 Total Resources Provided

Financial Services: 14 Referrals

Counseling: 95 Visits

Psychiatrist: 17 Visits

Dental: 20 Referrals

Medical: 8 Referrals

Maintenance: 13 Referrals

Crisis Services: 5 Referrals

Misc: 20 Referrals

I had everything I needed. It was a stepping stone for me: an affordable place to rent, genuine friendship, and the resources were invaluable.

This community is a blessed place! I’m truly happy to be here with my brothers and sisters of Christ. The resources that are available are phenomenal! Slowly but surely my faith in humanity and Christ is being restored. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for the blessing ya’ll are the greatest people in the world and I have the privilege to know all of you. 

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