Our Heart for Lifecentre
In 1981, six people planted a church around a singular idea: people need the life only Jesus can give. For Pastors Barry and Joyce, this meant planting a church that would centre on the life of Jesus, or as it would come to be known, Lifecentre. For the past forty years, I have watched them sacrifice, serve, and give the fullness of their hearts so people could experience the love of Jesus, which still never fails.
Today, we have planted, launched, and revitalized as many churches as people were dreaming about what Lifecentre could be in 1981. Together we are still dreaming about making a Jesus-sized difference in each life, what it could look like to connect more people during the week as on Sundays, and what Lifecentre could look like downtown or in unique environments.
When we look to that future, we still believe in that original singular idea; People still need the life only Jesus can give. So let’s continue growing people with Jesus, to make a difference in our city.
And let’s keep doing it together.
Starting in 2023, to better Grow People With Jesus To Make a Difference In Our City, we have set foot on a path to embrace four Spirit-focused shifts at Lifecentre.
- From decline to development. We must address the decline in Christlike discipleship in Canada.
- From programs to people. We must focus on equipping you to minister, not more ministries.
- Both touch and transformation. We must love one another better in all of life’s seasons.
- Both church and care. We want to serve our church and our city family well.
Our nine values ensure how we walk out our Spirit-focused shifts at Lifecentre. When we fall short, our values serve as the standard that calls us repeatedly higher.
Jesus is our focus. Our constant compass. We are always changing. He is perfect, alone remaining unchanged.
We give generously with joy. Our generosity is a reflection of our love. Never a percentage, or a duty, but a delight. We start where others stop.
Jesus’s love never fails. Our love for others therefore isn’t negotiable. Without love, we’re just making noise. When we fall short, we are trusting in the never-failing love of Jesus to make up the gap.
We grow people who make a difference by inviting everyone to be involved in ministry because every believer in Jesus is a builder. It takes the whole church, to be His church for our city.
All of me, more of Jesus. We bring our everything. We set lofty goals. We try, and then try again. Jesus sets us free from the traps of perfectionism and comparison. We bring our best, but He is always greater.
People need Jesus today. We do things with a sense of urgency because every day people live, leave, and die without knowing Jesus. Living lost one more day, is a day too many.
Character comes before gifting. Our character isn’t value neutral. How we live, love, and lead matters. Gifting is good. Purpose has its place. But Christ-like character always stands above.
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