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  • How do you blend the pros and cons of a Large Church model and a Home/House/Simple Church model?
    The great thing about Life Church La Crosse, is that we blend the best features of both models while minimizing the less desirable aspects. Large church great features that we maximize: - World-class teaching - Dynamic music and worship - Solid theology and leadership structure - Part of a church with an extensive and powerful global impact Large church less appealing aspects that we minimize/eliminate: - Getting lost in the crowd(We meet in small groups in person or online.) - Barriers to inviting friends to a church building(Those with poor prior church experiences are welcomed into a home or online group.) - Inflexible weekend service times for people on the go and with busy weekends(There are 90 service times throughout the week, so each group can choose the in-person or online time that works the best for them.) - Costs/upkeep of local facilities and staff(Individuals give to local needs and global ministries without the burden of organizing local finances or HR functions.) Home/House/Simple church great features that we maximize: - Small groups (LifeGroups) are the best and most effective way to grow spiritually and transform our homes, communities, and world. The interaction, intimacy, and engagement that is created propels us forward in our faith journey. It's the best way to "one-another" one another! - There are many of our friends and neighbors who would never go a traditional church building for a variety of reasons, but would come to someone's living room. - This model has minimal costs as there are no facilities to fund and no staff to pay. Therefore, financial resources can be used more flexibly. You can individually give your tithes and offerings as you are led to local needs, Life.Church, or other global organizations that share the love of Christ. Home/House/Simple church less appealing aspects that we minimize/eliminate: - Most with this model don't have access to great sermons and dynamic worship services(We stream the world-class teaching and worship from Life.Church each week.) - Some with this church model don't have pastors or denominations for accountability(We have pastors at Life.Church to whom each Life Group Leader reports and has access for questions.) - Some with this model require a pastor for each home group, and this can be a limiting factor in growth(Since each of our Life Group Leaders has both a Life Group Coach and a pastor from Life.Church for questions and guidance, we don't need a local pastor for each Life Group.)
  • Do I need to be a Christian or have faith in God to come?
    If you are searching, curious, or haven’t quite figured out what God is all about, you are absolutely welcome! In fact, Life Church La Crosse was created for people who want to explore the Christian faith in a safe environment where you can ask any questions you may have. You are encouraged to BELONG before you BELIEVE!
  • Wasn’t the original early church model a home/house church?
    There really wasn’t a single “right” or more spiritual model in the early church. They met in both large and small groups. The word "church" in the New Testament is translated ekklesia, meaning “assembly” or “called out ones.” It doesn’t refer to a place. There are several references to church gatherings in houses (1 Corinthians 16:19, Romans 16:5. Colossians 4:15, Philemon 2), as well as in large groups (Acts 2:46, Acts 5:12, Acts 11:26, Acts 19:8). In addition, a single person (for example, Paul or Peter) often preached to a large gathering. The model used by Life Church La Crosse blends the best of both big and small.
  • What does it take to become a LifeGroup Leader?
    It takes a willing heart, a handful of easy-to-learn group skills that we will teach you, and agreement with the Life.Church Statement of Faith Since nearly all the material is streamed and provided, you don't need to be a Bible expert to succeed as a LifeGroup Leader! We will provide plenty of training on how to lead discussions and other aspects of group life. We've found that other LifeGroup members usually step up to help with many of the tasks necessary to build a great community.
  • What denomination is Life.Church?
    Life.Church is a large, global church that ministers around the world. We are not out there on our own though; we are a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). The ECC is a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents. Founded in 1885, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.
  • Do you have a pastor?
    Each LifeGroup Leader has a Life.Church pastor available for questions as well as a Life.Church LifeGroup coach who is in regular communication with each group. For local functions such as weddings, we have many pastoral connections in the La Crosse area.
  • Where do all the finances go?
    That’s one of the great advantages to this way of doing church! We believe in Biblical stewardship principles but have no local church budget. There are no facilities or staff, so our financial resources can be used in a more flexible way. You can individually give your tithes and offerings as you are led to local needs, Life.Church, or global organizations that share the love of Christ. Please review the global impact that your generosity provides by giving to Life.Church.
  • Does your church have an app?
    Yes, Life.Church has an awesome app that lets you stream or download messages and music, invite your friends, and much more!
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