Serving our neighbor in need is a call for all Christians. At Christ Church, that call is lived out particularly with Strategic Partners. The organizations are:
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Who: Located on the edge of Marquette University campus and rooted in a neighborhood marked by both poverty and promise, Redeemer provides opportunities to serve those in need.
Ways to Serve: Volunteer to serve in the daily Community Lunch that feeds homeless and transient persons of Milwaukee.
For More: Contact Pastor Lisa at 414.238.1043 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Christ Church Liaison: Sonia Lear at email@example.com
New Beginnings Christian Youth Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Who: New Beginnings Are Possible provides urban youth exposed to at-risk conditions in Milwaukee with a biblically-based moral foundation needed to make healthy choices to become contributing members of the community.
Ways to Serve: Meal help (prepare, serve, and clean up meals for the youth at the center); tutoring/academic guidance (on-going opportunities for individuals to partner with the youth one-on-one, lead group activities, provide homework help, and lead Bible Study).
For More: Contact Lola Marmolejo, Program Director at 414.449.1546 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Christ Church Liaisons: Terry Edgar at email@example.com) or Karen Hawley at firstname.lastname@example.org
City on a Hill, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Who: A faith-based nonprofit organization working to transform lives of youth and families in Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods, and to overcome poverty and injustice through a collaborative and Christ-centered model of service.
Ways to Serve: Too many to list! From the Health Clinic to the Resource Center, from youth mentoring to transportation services…
For More: CityOnAHillMilwaukee.org
For Group Volunteer Information: Contact Melesa McEwan at 414.931.6670 or email@example.com
Iglesia Alas de Aguila, Allendale, Michigan
Who: This Spanish-speaking church plant began in 2012, intending to reach the local Hispanic population of Allendale, Michigan with the Gospel. This cross-cultural partnership recognizes and appreciates the diversity of culture within body of Christ and acknowledges the importance of contextualizing the Gospel proclamation for all peoples.
Ways to Serve: Consider praying for the staff and community regularly (by name even!)
For More: AlasAllendale.com
Strong Hearts Strong Families Care Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Who: A subsection of the Strong Hearts organization, the Strong Families Center is dedicated to orphan prevention. The center provides a safe, nurturing place for children during the day so their mothers are able to work. The children receive nutrition, education, basic healthcare, while families receive vocational training, financial advice, parenting skills. It is dedicated to keeping families together and healthy.
Ways to Serve: Consider ways to sponsor families, write letters to the children, participate in regularly scheduled Christ Church mission trip experience.
For More: StrongFamilies.ChristChurchMequon.org/
We have a “strategic partners first” attitude at Christ Church. There are many, many wonderful and even Christ-centered programs that need help. However, by choosing to invest in specific partners, Christ Church is able to develop more lasting, more meaningful, more impactful relationships. Therefore, we have a “strategic partners first” attitude that encourages people looking to serve to begin with these partnerships.
We have a “no fundraising” policy at Christ Church. As these are already strategic partners, we already pledge financially to support them as a church body, eliminating the need for fundraising for them. This protects the integrity of our resources and how we choose to use them together.