A lot of people are excited about bringing LIFT to their church, but they don’t know where to begin.
Put simply, LIFT is a ministry model that creates opportunities for people to spend time with and meet practical needs of people in their own church communities, especially those who are aging or who have health challenges. LIFT serves as a tool for churches as they follow Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
It’s said each journey begins with a single step. Why not start small?
What if you found one person at your church who could benefit from something like LIFT? What if you started a conversation with this person and asked if you could visit him or her once a week? Perhaps you could help with small things that come up, like washing dishes. What if the person said yes?
Then the day comes. At the time you agreed upon, you knock on the door. You might feel nervous or awkward, but that’s okay. What matters most is that you came. Your job is not to fix everything or meticulously catalogue every need. Your job is be present, to enjoy this person, listen, ask kind questions about things he or she cares about. Your presence communicates that you notice this person and care about his or her wellbeing.
What if you continued visiting this person regularly? In time, you may notice a need or two. Maybe leaves are piling up outside, a high shelf has become dusty, or transportation to a doctor's appointment is needed. If it's something you can do, why not offer to help? If it’s not something you can do, maybe someone in your church can.
The most important part of this whole process is prayer. Your heart is drawn to such a ministry because God cares about these people. Take time to quiet yourself; ask God to show you what He’s doing and what part He would have you play. Ask Him to guide who you approach, when you visit, and how you continue the relationship. Ask Him to help you see what He sees when you look at this person. Ask Him to help you love the way He calls you to love (see John 13, particularly verses 34-35). When we align our will with God’s will, He empowers us through His Holy Spirit.
After a while, God may provide opportunities for you to connect with people who want to visit and/or help others, too. Maybe you’ll get to a point when it would make sense to talk to your church leaders about organizing a LIFT ministry. By selecting coordinators and champions, as well as identifying volunteers who are willing to help with specific tasks, your church can better serve one another, without adding to the church staff’s responsibilities.
To find out more about LIFT, visit our website and check out the LIFT Starter Kit.
From treasured moments shared between friends, to drawing people into church community, who knows what wonderful things God has in store?