Our Mission “Our mission is to mobilize the local Church to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.”
Core Values We are Christian. Everything we think, say and do is in the Name of Christ. Prayer is an integral part of who we are. We follow Christ’s example of valuing the poor and needy. We value unity in the body of Christ. We value transformation in the lives of people and communities. We value churches living out the two great commandments to love God and love their neighbor. We value building Christ-like relationships. We value the connectedness of the Love INC movement. We model excellence. We value continually maturing in our capacity to meet people’s needs.
Who Benefits From Love INC? People in need receive coordinated help through a network of church and community services and resources. Churches model unity of the Body of Christ as they work together to fulfill their Biblical mandate to help the poor and needy. Church members receive opportunities to use their unique gifts and talents in specific, manageable ways to serve others. Community agencies refer people in need to Love INC to fill gaps in services, and receive referrals from Love INC of verified needs that are appropriate to the agency’s services. Lives and communities are transformed!
Why Love INC? Love INC has over 30 years of experience mobilizing churches to meet the needs of community members. There are untapped resources in the body of Christ that Love INC can mobilize on behalf of those in need. Love INC gives Christians specific, manageable opportunities to put their faith and love to work in the service of people in need. Love INC meets needs through loving relationships, and Scripture tells us that love never fails. (1 Cor. 13:8)
Our Vision Our Vision is to see Christian churches united in purpose, and fully engaged in actively living out their faith by lovingly serving people in need in their communities. Love in the Name of Christ is a Christian, non-profit ministry established to mobilize churches to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ. It is a way for local residents and church members to be actively involved in alleviating poverty in the Buffalo/Hanover/Maple Lake/Annandale area. Through Love INC, churches and individual Christians are equipped to work together across denominational lines, to provide coordinated help to people experiencing difficulties in life. This is accomplished by a telephone clearinghouse set-up, where requests for help are received, screened and fulfilled by volunteers from churches and the community. Although Love INC is not an emergency service and does not deal in crisis management, we can refer to other agencies that can help in crisis situations.
Our History Founded in 1977, today there are more than 150 Love INC affiliates in 30 states, representing a network of more than 9,000 churches, 7,000 community-based organizations and 300,000 volunteers – meeting more than 1 million needs each year, nationwide. The church doorstep is a common destination for those in need. But most churches alone cannot fully meet the needs of every homeless family, unemployed father, single mom, hungry child or senior citizen. Love INC enables churches in a community to coordinate their resources and services, so neighbors in need are not turned away. This is a great opportunity for Christian denominations to come together to transform lives in the Name of Christ. Love INC-Big Woods was established in 2009, and opened its doors in April 2011 to service the areas of Buffalo, Hanover, Annandale, and Maple Lake – all towns in Wright County, MN. Currently, we represent 18 local churches who work together to show Christ’s love to our neighbors.