What is Love INC's Defining Difference
Love In the Name of Christ (INC) of Metro Tampa’s Defining Difference
Redemptive Compassion: Although there is a time and place for providing relief assistance (for example, in crisis and disaster relief situations), a Love INC affiliate is not an emergency response, crisis intervention or disaster relief ministry. An affiliate’s primary focus is helping churches transform people’s lives (physically and spiritually). It seeks to work with people in need to strengthen the assets they have and develop new ones.
For people stuck in hopelessness and dysfunction, this approach empowers them to break the cycle of dependency. We call this developmental compassion. As a result, direct financial aid to clients (with little or no relationship) is not a significant component of an affiliate’s ministry.
“When I first heard about Love In the Name of Christ (INC) in 2010, I was taken by its philosophy of strength based relationships and accountability. As I found out more about the core principles and defining difference, I have realized how this philosophy is aligned with my personal mission when working to strengthen families so their children will thrive. At the center of this is a belief that we respect families, work in partnership with them, hold them and ourselves accountable in realizing solutions to issues that negatively impact them.”
– Ann M. Doyle, Executive Director
“We do live the Gospel when we feed the hungry and clothe the naked. But even such actions, taken on their own may not give witness to Christ’s message in all its beauty. In fact, in a certain way they can even distort it because they may leave those on the receiving end with the complex of being mere “beneficiaries”. Instead the Gospel raises humankind, all men and women to their highest dignity: to be children of God”.
– Chiara Lubich, Essential Writings” 1920-2008
Redemptive Compassion Core Principles
- See everyone’s value (respect and restore self-esteem)
“For we are His handiwork created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has created in advance, that we should live in them”. Ephesians 2:10
- Invest relationally in others (form partnerships & love them)
“Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up as indeed you do.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
- Help everyone achieve their God-given potential (love spoken with honesty)
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. – Jeremiah 29:11
- Require mutual contribution and participation (accountability for the outcomes)
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us one body with many members and these members do not have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the other.” Romans 3:3-5
- Respond with wisdom & discernment (how God would want us to respond – not as emergencies)
“Do not conform yourself to this age, be transformed by the renewal of your mind that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
- Serve in ways that transform (provide hope & change of heart)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold new things come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17