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Completing LifeLine's three-pronged approach to bringing about community transformation through enterprise is the element of development - a term we use here to communicate principles of mentoring, accountability and support. These are natural elements of a community but, in churches, are often only applied to "discipleship," such as small groups, Bible studies, men's and women's ministries, and youth ministires. Central to LifeLine is a holistic approach to life in community, in which we are engaged in one another's lives beyond church stuff.

We know that not everyone is interested in such intimate community. Some prefer to keep the varioous compartments of their lives, well, compartmentalized. In LifeLine's concept and practice of community, we seek a fuller expression of life together and of what is "spiritual." We believe all aspects of life - work, play, worship, finances, education, etc. - are spiritual, and that the goal of a Christ-kind of life if full integration of the various compartments. This idea has lots of ramifications, and some of them affect other sections of this site.

Because we believe this, we offer the community as a resource for exploring and developing new ideas, concepts and possibilities for creating enterprises. As previously mentioned, we like to "pour gasoline on peoples' burning bushes." If someone believes they have an idea that would work or would fit their gifts and abilities, we are willing to offer the kind of think tank, brainstorming, critique and facilitation environment that might prove helpful. This includes connections with our ministry partners, all of whom have expertise and resources of various kinds, and are willing to make themselves available to advance these kinds of enterprise practices as part of what we believe to be building God's Kingdom in a holistic, empowering way.

Our hope is that creativity, energy and entrepreneurialism will pervade everything about our life together, and individuals, families and the entire community will be empowered for transformational change as we work together in this practice of devlopment. One of the best things about this is that it is very organic, and not programmatized. In its highest form, this element of development is simply the natural outgrowth of a life together that includes all of life, and not just church times or activities. This is about helping each other make it through life as members of a faith community in which each takes responsibility for the others, and no one falls through the cracks or is left to their own devices. And that, we believe, is as it should be.