LIFESTYLE

Lifestyle Identification ·  Lifestyle Values ·  Lifestyle Outreach ·  Lifestyle Communication ·  Lifestyle Ministry Formation ·  Lifestyle Monitoring ·  Lifestyle Integration

"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Matthew 6: 21

Lifestyles are increasingly becoming a much more important tool in understanding our neighbors. Business and marketing people know that lifestyles and lifestyle identification is a much more important indicator than race, ethnicity, income, and education, although many lifestyles may be more correlated with some of the classic factors cited above. The Bible notes that are hearts are with our passions, i.e. our lifestyles, not necessarily our sociological heritage. Our passions are often measured by how we spend our free time and money. Marketers know this. They measure this carefully. As a church, we need to pay attention to these matters when we bring the gospel into people's worlds.

Often these lifestyles become idolatrous. Part of the job of the church has always been to topple idols. Often these lifestyles are just that, styles of life, not necessarily idolatrous. However, once again, how does Christ fit into someone's life. In any event, we often must reach people within their style of living. It is unreasonable to expect the lost to reach out to us, we reach out to them. The Southern California "lifestyle" is centered on lifestyles. This give us our reputation for being private, cool to our neighbors, and uninterested in others. Often we don't know our neighbors, but we know those we interact with well, i.e. those who share our lifestyle.

One reason that lifestyle ministries are needed is that we often don't realize that our evangelical culture may be just one more lifestyle. If we don't reach out, we fool ourselves. We don't realize that people aren't necessarily rejecting Jesus, but they are making a lifestyle choice against the evangelical lifestyle. Hopefully, you realize that the "evangelical lifestyle" is not the same as being saved or faithful to Jesus. In order to avoid being just another lifestyle, we must reach out and enter into other lifestyles with the Good News.

Lifestyle Identification

Southern California is the land of self-invention and re-invention. This ministry aims to identify lifestyles and understand them. In particular, this ministry aims to understand what are the deep underlying passions and issues that compel people to become involved in a particular lifestyle. This helps us to reach out with the gospel of Christ. If you are interested in such a ministry, please click below.

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Lifestyle Values

Lifestyles exist for a reason. Often there is a lack in our general culture that a lifestyle addresses. When we understand the deeper issue, we have a key to reaching people with the gospel, as well as understand a critique upon our way of life. That can call as a call to repentance for us. If you are interestred in such a ministry, please click below to reach us.

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Lifestyle Outreach

These are actually designed methods and ministries to reach out to particular lifestyles. Our goal is to establish an outreach, get it going, and then start a new outreach to another lifestyle. Our goal is to reach people for Christ and integrate them into the life of the church. The goal is not necessarily to change their lifestyle unless it is inherently sinful and destructive, i.e. a druggie lifestyle. If you are interested in such a ministry, please contact us.

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Lifestyle Communication

Lifestyles often differentiate themselves by different languages, communication media, and communication methods. This ministry will help us learn to communicate the gospel to these lifestyles. If you are interested in such a ministry, please click here.

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Lifestyle Ministry Formation

This ministry is responsible for designing and implementing specific ministries and ministry programs to communicate the gospel to different lifestyles. If you are interested in such a program, please click below.

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Lifestyle Monitoring

This ministry monitors and reports on the success, lack of success, specific lifestyle ministry issues, and anything else that can aid Manna church in being more effective in ministering to a particular lifestyle. If you are interested in such a ministry, please click below to contact us.

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Lifestyle Integration

All lifestyles, including the "church lifestyle" must be redeemed. This ministry involves beneficial aspects of a lifestyle, neutral aspects of a lifestyle, and sinful aspects of a lifestyle. The sinful aspects of a lifestyle will be challenged. Also, this ministry will help integrate the church and the lifestyle. Any time a new group comes into a church, it calls for a change in the church and the lifestyle. People will learn to live holy lives within that lifestyle, if it is not totally evil, and learn to love their brothers and sisters in the church. Likewsie, the church must learn to live with and love people from that lifestyle as people for whom Christ died. This is a challenging ministry. If you are interested in such a ministry, please click below.

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