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LifeLine was born in Steve North's heart in 2004, after several years of wrestling with God concerning his call and vision, and in conversation with friends, colleagues and mentors. After writing about what was for him a new model of ministry, and after distributing what he had written for critique by friends, colleagues, church leaders and experts in church missiology, Steve was convinced that LifeLine was God's call on his life. In 2006, believing that he had to try or die inside, he moved to Toledo, without a job or a place to live, to try to do ministry he didn't yet know how to do, with people he didnt yet know how to meet.

For the first three years, LifeLine was developed in the shadow of the North family's struggles to make it. In spite of nearly two years without a full time job, burglary, vandalism, six moves in three years and a brief period of homelessness, doors were opened for connections with people who were living on the socio-economic or spiritual margins -- often both. Thanks to a group of never-say-die friends and supporters, the North's made it through the personal struggles to experience a genuine birth of the new ministry, together with those friends and supporters.

LifeLine has developed in a hippie coffee house, a regional arts center, a homeless man's firepit, and at the North's house. It began with reaching artists and poets through presence and poetry, speaking to core issues of life and faith without church talk or conversion-by-concussion methods. The ministry has grown in the form of a community of mutual respect and deepening love, and now includes spiritual skeptics, seekers, former church-goers, experimenters and believers. Through the development of a community that embodies the Gospel, many former skeptics and church-goers have come to find reason to believe again in a God whose deep love and mercy have been graphically and irrevocably demonstrated in Jesus.

Currently, LifeLine also provides opportunities for ministry to people living in poverty and homelessness, through medical and relational means, on a regular basis. For some, this ground of ministry is the testing site for burgeoning faith, as folks learn to live in the Kingdom while they are testing its relevance for life in a world broken by hypocrisy, sorrow and injustice.