“West Coast Neighborhood Collective May 19th 2016”

What if Christ-followers in our cities actually began to love their neighbors as Jesus commanded? What would that look like?

The purpose of this email is to invite you to attend a special, one day event that will address these very questions. This is not a conference, but a gathering intended to facilitate and stimulate the exchange of experiences and ideas among all those in attendance.
The Neighborhood Collective brings together those who are actively involved in loving their neighbors with those who are interested in exploring ways to become more effective in advancing the Kingdom of God at the neighborhood level. This endeavor seeks to provide pastors and ministry leaders with resources and relationships that will encourage Christ-followers to effectively reflect our Lord’s love right where they live and work. This is not some new church growth program. We are inviting you to gather with others on a most exciting journey . . . a journey that begins by simply obeying our Lord’s command to love those who live in our neighborhood!

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Registration begins, and refreshments will be served, at 8:30 AM)

Where: Valley Vineyard Church, 6642 Reseda Blvd., Reseda CA 91335

Who: We are pleased to be joined by both Tom Anthony of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, and Lynn Cory, founder of Neighborhood Initiative

Cost: $40.00, which includes a continental-style breakfast and lunch. For those registering prior to April 20th, the registration fee will be reduced to $34.00.

To register, please visit the following website: http://neighborhoodcollective.org

We look forward to seeing you there!!

Devote Yourself to Prayer!

1st Quarter Newsletter 2016

Dear Friends,

I pray this finds you well and that you are enjoying a good start to the New Year.

I haven’t communicated with you for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been a lot going on. As some of you already know, I ruptured my Patella tendon during the annual Lennon Family football game on Thanksgiving day. I had surgery the following week and thereafter began a six (6) month healing process. Unfortunately, that process was interrupted by an ensuing infection in my knee. All in all, it has been a very hard and humbling start to the New Year. But I want to quickly add that God is good and faithful! Though hampered physically, it has been a very rich time for me spiritually, allowing me to spend significantly more time in prayer as I sought the Lord’s will for LCI and my family in the coming year.

Over the past few months, I have been reminded by the Lord of the call upon Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem upon completion of Israel’s 70 Year exile in Babylon. From my perspective, the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem, serves to represent the Lord’s calling upon LCI. Like Nehemiah, we too serve as a catalyst to unify believers by connecting pastors and ministry leaders, thereby allowing the Church to serve the needs of our respective communities as the united Body of Christ.

But as I delved deeper in prayer, I began to realize that the Lord was using my recovery time to remind me of another very important truth: We cannot rebuild our communities or do any good work of service for the Lord without first establishing an altar of prayer and worship. Without belaboring my point, this is precisely why God first sent Ezra to Jerusalem. Before the walls could be rebuilt, Ezra had to rebuild the temple and re-establish the daily functions of worship among the Levites.

In human terms, it seems more logical that Nehemiah should first rebuild the wall, thereby allowing Ezra to complete his task in relative safety, free from the persecution of those who might have opposed such a move. But God’s ways are not the ways of man, and it is through the combined stories of Ezra and Nehemiah that we are reminded today that the physical transformation we long for in our cities must be preceded by spiritual transformation. There is no fulfillment of the Nehemiah call to rebuild our cities without an Ezra-like obedience to rebuild the spiritual altars. First we experience spiritual transformation, and then we can experience the physical transformation.

Over the course of this next year, LCI will continue to encourage pastors and ministry leaders to come together in small groups for the purpose of praying and establishing relationships. But more importantly, we will be encouraging our spiritual leaders to prayerfully seek the rebuilding of the spiritual altars of our cities, not as individuals or even as congregations, but as the united Body of Christ.

As we seek this spiritual transformation, we ask you to pray for our ministry. What I have put forth in a few words stands in direct opposition to the plans of our Enemy. We will face spiritual attack (and probably already have!). So pray for us. Pray for us as we seek an all-encompassing transformation that will empower the Church to bring life to peoples and nations around the world.

God bless you!

Tyler Lennon
Life Connections International

2015: The year of coming together as one!

Dear Friends,

As 2015 opened, Lyle and I began to feel a greater sense of urgency as we encourage pastors and leaders to come together in unity. To our delight, many of those to whom we spoke were sensing the same need. At almost every turn, ministry leaders are talking about the need to break down walls of separation and to come together as one. On many occasions in the past, we have made reference this newsletter to the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem in the times of Nehemiah, and to the spiritual significance of different segments of Israel’s society joining together in the work. Though the times are different, the basic spiritual principle remains the same. We must join together as one in order to rebuild the spiritual walls of our cities.

But where do we begin?

Over the last few months, the Lord has made clear to us the importance of pastors gathering in small groups to pray over their neighborhoods and communities. It is in such small groups that relationships can be strengthened and that the bonds of unity can begin to form. Though building on such a small scale can seem counter-intuitive when dealing with an area as large and diverse as the County of Los Angeles, we have been reminded several times over the last few months that our Lord began small, pouring His time and energy into twelve men. And look what the Lord did through those twelve men!

As I ponder this call to think small, I am reminded of a parable that Jesus told . . . the parable of the mustard seed:

“The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches (Mt.13:31-32).

So . . . we plant little seeds, encouraging small beginnings . . . praying that God will cause growth and that unity come forth in great abundance. Thank you for supporting us in this endeavor, and thanks too for your prayers. We are excited to see how the Lord will bring about unity in our city, and we are so very blessed to have you along for the ride!

Please join us in praying that LCI can assist in making wise connections . . . that we can continue to be used as a catalyst for unity . . . and that a spirit of oneness would flow from Los Angeles, bringing life to the nations.

We have some big news to share with you!

In the midst of focusing us on the small, the Lord is bringing about something that we think is rather big. Effective May 1st, Neighborhood Initiative, a ministry that encourages and motivates Christians to love their neighbors, will be joining forces with Life Connections International!

In a beautiful demonstration of unity, two ministries are coming together in what can only be described as a “non-merger”. Here’s what Lynn Cory, founder of Neighborhood Initiative, has to say about it:
“Comcast + Time Warner Cable. Together is Better.” These words are the title of a video promoting the merger of two major conglomerates. The video states, “Together is better for more people.” In reality, it is not so much about people, but what it will create in the merger for these two entities: more control, more money, and rising costs for their customers. Life Connections and Neighborhood Initiative coming together is truly “better for more people.” Both ministries are most assuredly not major conglomerates, but small instruments in the hand of God to accomplish great works together in the advance of God’s kingdom. LCI “Envisions a united Body of Christ, in all of its marvelous diversity, each part working in harmony with one another, whether locally or abroad, that the kingdom of God might be advanced, and that life – life in Christ Jesus our Lord – might freely flow to the nations.” And NI envisions “The whole church taking the whole gospel to the whole city, one neighborhood at a time.” When Tyler first suggested the two ministries come together, my response was, “This will put more boots on the ground to help carryout the vision of LCI. I am very excited about what the Lord has in store for people in cities across our nation and beyond with this “merger.” I am also looking forward to working with Tyler and Lyle in this new relationship. May God be glorified through this beautiful work that He has initiated.

Both Lynn’s name as well as that of his ministry are undoubtedly familiar to some of you. He currently serves as a Director on LCI’s Board, and we have already partnered with Neighborhood Initiative on several occasions. We are extremely excited about the prospects of working in conjunction with Lynn, and we would ask that you add him to your prayer list. For more information about Neighborhood Initiative, please visit their website: http://neighborhoodinitiative.com/

4th Quarter Newsletter 2014

Dear Friends,
Merry Christmas! I hope this newsletter finds you in good spirits and experiencing His peace this Holiday season.
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, I am reminded of that wonderful scripture found in Isaiah: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). There is a lot to unpack in this verse, but the one thing that jumps out at me is that Messiah would be known as the Prince of Peace! Upon coming into this world, He would bring peace in our relationship with the Father, and in so doing, transform us to become His agents of peace with our fellow man.
All around us are people struggling to find peace and purpose in life. They seek fame and titles, money and prestige, but none of these things will last. The only true peace we can have in life is through knowing the creator of peace, Jesus Christ! And it is by becoming His conduits for life and peace to others that we experience true joy and fulfillment in our own lives.
Scriptures says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Mt. 5:9). At LCI, our desire is to become peacemakers, agents of peace and cultivators of relationships, thereby serving to foster transformation and bring life to our cities and our nation.
As we prayerfully look forward to a new year, we want to thank you for supporting and praying for LCI. May our heavenly Father bless you with a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

The following a brief summary of other LCI activities and involvement over the recent months:
• Westside Church Collaborative: We have felt quite honored to serve as a catalyst to bring together over a dozen different churches and ministries on the Westside of Los Angeles for the purpose of serving the needs of those experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. It is our prayer that the Collaborative will also serve to mobilize the larger Christian community to help provide the necessary resources to transform the lives of those living on our streets.
• El Salvador: We are already making plans to return to El Salvador in June or July of next year. As always, we will be serving the elderly and retired pastors who so faithfully served our Lord by preaching the gospel. We also hope to further unite the younger generation of Salvadorans to walk along side these elderly saints, thereby building a much needed bridge of unity between these two age groups.
• Pastor Groups: We continue in our efforts to bring pastors together for the purpose of developing relationships and furthering the cause of unity within local communities. We are pleased to report that a group of 5-6 leaders meet every week in Santa Monica. Also Praying for other groups to start in the LA Area.

2nd Quarter Newsletter 2014

Dear Friends:

As I recently prayed about the vision and mission of Life Connections and our call to be a catalyst for unity in the Body of Christ, I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task to which we have been called. And the more I pondered the matter, the more I questioned how our little ministry could possibly have any meaningful impact on such a crucial issue.

Well, as He often will, the Lord addressed my concerns with a very simple action plan: ”Love them . . . serve them . . . connect them.” By loving, serving and connecting pastors with one another, we model, on a small scale, that which our Lord desires to do on a much larger scale. When our shepherds are healthy and individually connected, the door is then opened for the larger Body of Christ to also connect and unite as one.

Being a leader can be a very lonely job, and the job of pastor is no exception. Our shepherds face a considerable amount of pressure in fulfilling their calling, and all too often their efforts are rewarded with criticism or even rejection. They devote their time to serving others, but all too often they lack a friend to come alongside and serve them. Their overly busy schedules have a tendency to bring about isolation, causing them to lose contact with other members of the Body. Just as we need to be encouraged in our daily walk, so do they in theirs. And the person best equipped to encourage a pastor is . . . another pastor.

So, after all that prayer, I have been re-energized to “love, serve and connect” our local shepherds whenever and wherever possible. In fact, I believe this issue to be so vital to the health of the Body, that I would venture to say that true revival can only occur when pastors are connected and have learned to love one another.

One way I have started to “love, serve and connect” is through my business . . . Cove Paddle Fitness. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I invite pastors to join me on the water where they can get some exercise, have some fun, and build relationships with one another. And I believe as we find creative ways to walk out this simple action plan at LCI, that we will all begin to see unity grow within the Body of Christ, thereby leading to ever increasing opportunities for us to Bring Life to the Nations!

In addition to Tyler’s on-going efforts to “love, serve and connect” local pastors through Cove Paddle Fitness, the following is just a small sampling of other LCI activities and involvement over the recent months:

• Neighborhood Initiative Los Angeles: Working with a small but extremely dedicated group of pastors in the San Fernando Valley, LCI has begun partnering with others whose vision is to reach every community in Los Angeles with the gospel message. The motivation behind this joint effort is Jesus’ command to simply love our neighbor as we would ourselves. The vision is to witness the advance of God’s Kingdom throughout the greater Los Angeles area as seeds of unity planted in the San Fernando Valley begin to sprout and spread over a much larger area. Our prayer is that walls of separation and division would tumble down, that the Church would become a catalyst for rebuilding broken communities, that unity in love and peace would become the norm, and that countless thousands would be joyfully ushered into the Kingdom of God, one neighbor at a time.
• 127 Collaborative: In partnership with James Storehouse, a ministry dedicated to supplying the physical needs of foster children and their families, LCI has been actively participating in the formation of a multi-ministry collaborative consisting of government agencies, non-profits, and members of the faith-based community for the purpose of mobilizing the resources necessary to serve the needs of those within our foster care system. Unfortunately, the foster care system is in crisis, often times unable to meet even the basic needs of either the families or the children. The purpose of the 127 Collaborative is to (1) better identify those needs and (2) serve as a bridge between those in need and those who can help supply the necessary resources. Why is it called the 127 Collaborative? Underlining the entire effort are the words of the Apostle James who wrote, “This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress . . .”
• Westside Homeless Coalition: After years of praying for some sign of unity amongst churches and ministries on the Westside of Los Angeles, LCI has had the privilege of helping bring together a dozen different ministries for the sole purpose of serving the needs of our friends who live on the streets of our communities. Though only in its infancy, this coalition (should it eventually become functional) could serve to mobilize the larger Christian community to not only provide the necessary resources to those experiencing homelessness, but could also serve as a much needed bridge to the healing and wholeness that is so desperately needed in order for our friends to live their lives in healthy relationship to their Lord and to one another.

As for trips, LCI will once again join with Aguas de Reposo ministry in leading a team to El Salvador. We depart on June 23rd, returning home on July 1st. Please keep us in your prayers!

1st Quarter News Letter 2014

Dear friends,
A belated Happy New Year to one and all!
The year has opened with some changes, and we are very excited as this next season of ministry gets underway. After many years of faithful service to LCI, Board Members Cindy Karpelas, Steve Snook and Trevor Berge have each stepped into new seasons of life and ministry. Without question, each has blessed this ministry in numerous ways, and I am personally so grateful for their prayers, friendship and service to both my family and to LCI. Indeed, I don’t know how I would have survived all the trials without their guidance and support. I have nothing but the fondest regards for each of them, and I pray that our heavenly Father richly bless this new phase of their service to His Son.
And as we enter 2014, we are very pleased to announce the addition of three new Board Members: Lynn Cory of Neighborhood Initiative; Jose Herrera of Aguas de Reposo; and Cliff Asai, pastor of Resplendent Light Church. We are enormously privileged to have these men become a part of the LCI ministry. Each has their own ministry, and each has partnered with LCI at one time or another. And though each responds to a different call, there is one common thread among them . . . unity in the Body of Christ! But we will elaborate on this another time as we have plans to highlight each of these men in future newsletters.
Moving forward, we sense today more than ever the need to be praying and listening. Ministry can easily become a flurry of activities and events, and busyness will always have a negative impact on our relationship with the Lord. It is only natural that our flesh desires for things to happen immediately. But the Lord has been teaching us the Biblical principal of not despising the day of small beginnings. We realize that little seeds of connection can and will grow into huge trees of life! So we are excited for the different opportunities that are coming this year! Thank you for your continued support and prayers for LCI as we continue to Bring Life to the Nations!

A short look back at the close of 2013
Bring Life Los Angeles;
On October 17th a team of 16 men and women arrived from London to minister to the urban poor of Los Angeles. With the exception of the group leaders, all had experienced homelessness in one way or another. Several had, through God’s grace, fought difficult battles with addiction. And all had a heart to serve our friends living on the streets of Hollywood and Skid Row. LCI was honored to have partnered with Alpha USA, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, Oasis of Hollywood, Union Rescue Mission, and many other wonderful organizations. Through the efforts of these wonderful brothers and sisters from across the pond, many new doors for unity have been identified. We now focus our efforts on building upon the foundation that they so lovingly laid.
El Salvador
This past December we traveled to El Salvador where we participated in meetings with government, university, business and ministry leaders. Our leader was LCI Board Member, Jose Herrera who founded Aguas de Reposo Ministry for the purpose of caring for the elderly and retired pastors of El Salvador. Together we took part in the opening of a new medical clinic that will serve the physical needs of both the pastors as well as members of the surrounding community. We were also privileged to participate in meetings with government officials as Jose laid out his ministry’s long-term plans to establish a retirement community for these dear old men of God. And we were so very privileged to introduce Salvadoran officials to SongLever.com, a social music network that empowers young people to write, record, connect, and collaborate on-line. All who partook in the meeting were impacted as God was clearly using LCI to bring blessing upon this nation. But the work didn’t stop there. New connections were made with local ministries that will enable LCI to provide US-based churches and mission teams with both meaningful and effective trips to this beautiful land.

Upcoming trips and events
El Salvador (June 23rd-30th) – Mark your calendars! Start saving your pennies! Our upcoming trip will be focusing on building relationships between pastors and further development of medical services to both our elderly friends as well as the local community.

Life Connections International 3rd Quarter Newsletter 2013

Dear friends of LCI:

I truly hope you and yours have enjoyed a wonderful summer!

Like everyone else, summer at the Lennon house is a busy time. Between ministry, LCI activities, the paddleboard business, and chasing down Rand, our summers are full. But this summer has also been a time of preparation. In fact, our Lord has really been underscoring this point to me over the last three months.

Scripture exhorts us to “Be dressed ready for service” . . . to keep our “lamps burning” (Luke 12:35). As I have reflected on this verse, I can think of no better person to model the principle behind the words than one of my neighbors in Malibu, Laird Hamilton.

Laird virtually invented the concept of “tow-in” surfing that allows him to ride some of the biggest waves in the world. His fame is world renown, and every summer he comes to Malibu simply to ready himself for the sole purpose of riding these monstrous waves. He trains hard, and he has developed such a highly focused regimen that professionals from other sports come to learn his technique. In a recent interview he commented that he trains hard because he wants to be ready when the next big swell hits, and since he never knows when that will happen, he conditions himself to be ready all the time.

As Laird trains himself to be the best in the world at riding the big waves, the intensity with which he focuses his body challenges me to always be spiritually ready . . . to prepare myself for the next big wave of opportunity to serve the Lord. Of course, I never know when that will come. I could be tomorrow. It could be months from now. But God calls me to ready myself so that I will be fully ready to serve when He calls. In the same way that Laird disciplines his body, I need to discipline myself with the Word and with prayer. I need to be attentive and watchful, always preparing myself for the purpose of advancing His Kingdom.

At LCI, we are preparing, and we encourage you to join us in that preparation. We are helping to facilitate a Bring Life event this Fall, and we have already begun planning a major event for the Fall of 2014. As you will read below, we have plans for several significant trips over the next twelve months. We have much to do, but we are getting ourselves ready!

Come join us as we get ready . . . ready to go forth and bring life to the nations!

Upcoming Events and trips
Bring Life LA
The concept for Bring Life Los Angeles was born when LCI was contacted by individuals connected with Alpha UK. Upon visiting our city, their hearts were grieved when they saw so many of our residents living on the streets. Back home in London, they are part of a very effective ministry that has rescued many of their friends from life on the streets. So, they began to wonder . . . “Could God be placing in our hearts a call to go minister to the poor in Los Angeles?” When they shared their heart with us, we said “Come!” And come they will! On October 17th a team of 15 men and women, many of home once lived on the streets themselves will be arriving in Los Angeles to minister to the urban poor of our city. We will be partnering with Alpha USA, First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, Oasis of Hollywood, Union Rescue Mission, and many other wonderful organizations. Of course, activities will include outreach to our neighbors living on the streets of Hollywood and Skid Row. There will also be specialized Alpha training and several opportunities to gather with others and pray for those whose lives have been devastated by a poverty of both body and spirit. If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to get involved with our new friends from London, please contact us.

Upcoming trips
El Salvador: December 2013
Our next trip to El Salvador will be a “scouting” expedition to determine the viability of developing marketplace ministries as well as furthering efforts to create bridges between the older and younger generations. As always, we will continue in our efforts to bring unity to the churches of that country, specifically in the region of Santa Ana. Our departure date is tentatively set for December 9th and we will return to Los Angeles on the 17th. Space is limited and the time is short, so if you have any interest in joining our team, please contact us as soon as possible.
Trips in 2014:
• As mentioned in our last newsletter, we are planning a trip to northern Japan in the early Spring. And as before, our team will provide vital support and outreach to those areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami’s of 2011.
• We return to El Salvador in June (23rd through 30th) with a special focus on engaging the youth of that country It is our hope to include on our team several youth leaders from the Los Angeles area in an effort to build bridges between the youth of El Salvador and the young people of Los Angeles.
• We are exploring the possibility of visiting Israel in November for a two-week period. In addition to touring the country, we will also be offering an intense study program hosted by our friends from Mt. Carmel ministries.
For more information concerning our upcoming travel plans, please don’t hesitate to email us any questions you might have and let us know of your interest

Life Connections International 2nd Quarter 2013 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I pray that you and yours enjoyed a very blessed Easter season!  And I also pray that the power of our Lord’s resurrection be manifest in every aspect of your life.

It has been a busy season for Life Connections as we planned for and then facilitated a Pastors & Ministry Leaders Summit at the beautiful Salvation Army Camp in Malibu. Not only was it a refreshing time away from the daily routine of ministry, but it was also an excellent opportunity to connect with key leaders who have a heart for unity in the Body of Christ. Attendees were challenged to consider possible changes in ministry that could help bring about the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer in John 17. They also had the opportunity to hear from others who are being used by the Lord to implement unity in their communities . . . men like Sam Gallucci of Kingdom Center Ministries in Ventura, CA (who addressed the group on the subject of “Unity: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”) and Lynn Cory, founder of Neighborhood Initiative which is based in the San Fernando Valley. Both of these men shared the impact that a united Body of Christ has had upon their respective communities.

The stories we hear of a united Church are pretty amazing. But they don’t need to be abstract stories told by someone else. Those stories could be our stories. All we need to do is step out of our comfort zones and make ourselves available for His use. What a difference it would make upon our neighborhoods if the Body of Christ were to unite as one!  It wouldn’t be easy, but it would be well worth the effort, and more importantly, it would truly bring glory to our Lord!

As I’ve said many times, our constant prayer at LCI is that we could be a catalyst for the unity that Jesus prayed for in the Garden. Thank you so much for supporting that efforts through your faithful donations and prayers. May we truly begin to see unity blossom in the Body of Christ . . . unity that would bring life to the nations!

 

El Salvador

We are planning our second trip to El Salvador from June 21st – 28th.  As in the past, we will be partnering with Aguas de Reposo in their ministry to the elderly pastors living in and around Santa Ana, El Salvador. Our plans include direct interaction with the pastors themselves as well as various work projects associated with the ministry.  In addition, we hope to be joining local evangelistic teams who target young people through both song and skits. It has been a long-standing goal of Aguas de Reposo to establish a bridge between the older and younger generations to “pass the torch” of the gospel message from one to the other, thereby fueling revival throughout their nation. There’s still time to join the team, so let us know if you are interested in coming along!

Japan

In May of 2012, LCI was honored to facilitate a trip to the tsunami-ravaged areas of northern Japan, and ever since the team’s return, we have felt the Lord urging us to plan a second trip.  Unfortunately, however, we lacked the commitment of a seasoned leader familiar with the Japanese culture. So, mindful of the Lord’s urging, but equally mindful of the importance of mature leadership, we began to pray. And I we are pleased to report that He has answered our prayers.  We were recently contacted by one the team leaders from our first trip who has offered to lead another team! Praise the Lord!

Our original plans had scheduled this second team to visit Japan in October of this year, however, we are postponing the trip until March or April of 2014. Please let us know if you are interested in joining our team!

Life Connection International 2013 Mission Trips to El Salvador!

We are heading to El Salvador this year on two amazing trips in June and December of 2013!

Bring Life – El Salvador June 21st-28th 2013

As in the past, we will be partnering with Aguas de Reposo in their ministry to the elderly pastors living in and around Santa Ana, El Salvador. Our plans include direct interaction with the pastors themselves as well as work projects associated with the ministry. In addition, we will be joining local evangelistic teams who target youth through both song and skits, and it is our hope to end our time in El Salvador with a celebration event during which the youth of that country will be encouraged to not only minister to the needs of their older brothers and sisters, but to join with them in envisioning revival throughout
their nation.

Cost – $1,500.00 – Includes (Airfare, Lodging, Food, IC Transport, Insurance, Ministry Gift, LCI Admin)
For More Details: Please Call or e-mail Tyler Lennon at 310-429-2058 or tyler@lcibringlife.org

Balanced Life- El Salvador December 9th-17th 2013
Come away for a time of refreshment and a time of service to others.
Join us as we experience the magnificent coastline of El Salvador and learn how to surf and stand-up paddle board! Enjoy the luxurious amenities of the world class Las Flores Beach Resort as we explore new opportunities for marketplace and ministry to join together. And in the midst of all our fun and relaxation, we will have the opportunity to serve among some of El Salvador’s poor . . . elderly pastors who need help meeting their day-to-day necessities.
Cost- $2,000.00 (Airfare, Lodging, Food, IC Transport, Insurance, Ministry Gift, LCI Admin)
For More Details: Please Call or e-mail Tyler Lennon 310-429-2058 or tyler@lcibringlife.org

LCI is launching Balanced Life- Church and Ministry Events and Retreats!

“. . . I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” – the Apostle Paul (Acts 20:24 NIV)
At LCI, we desire to see every member of Christ’s Body run the race well and to complete the task that the Lord has placed before them. Unfortunately, however, maintaining one’s balance while pursuing that task can prove difficult given today’s hectic life-style and an all too often unbalanced approach to living. Pursuing the “American dream” frequently results in a stress filled life with little time remaining for the pursuit of one’s spiritual and physical well-being. Thus we end up depleted; unable to successfully complete our assigned task within the Body of Christ.
It was for this very reason that LCI developed Balanced Life, an approach to living that combines the various tools you need to fine-tune your life both spiritually and physically, thus allowing you to not only run the race, but to do it well.
What is a “balanced life”?
In order to be physically fit, we must balance our workouts so as to address all major muscle groups. Focusing on just one set of muscles (the biceps, for example), can through the bodies muscular and skeletal structures out of balance. This is why fitness trainers emphasize the importance of balanced workouts, with special attention given to the core muscle groups located in the back, hips, and abdominals.
But physical fitness is just one aspect of our lives. There is, for example, our faith. Are we balanced spiritually? And what of our family life? Are we in balance with those who are dear to us? And this should extend to friendships as well. Are all of these elements in balance?
At LCI, we have reduced a well-balanced life to a simple equation:
FAITH + FAMILY + FRIENDSHIP + FITNESS = FINISHING WELL
On the left side of the equal sign are the core aspects of an individual’s life. On the right is our goal: to live life to the fullest and to finish life well. The challenge in reaching our goal is to keep the core in balance. If any core aspect of our life gets out of whack, it can throw us off balance, thereby keeping us from our goal. And life is anything but static. Life fluctuates, thus causing us to always be seeking our balance.
So, what are these core values?
Faith: Prayer and devotional life; our relationship with other believers; our calling and purpose.
Family: Marriage; parenting; our purpose as a family.
Friendships: Enjoying healthy relationships with others.
Fitness: Healthy nutrition; functional fitness.
In order to address each of these core values, LCI conducts Balanced Life events, each with a slightly different theme. After enjoying some healthy physical activity such as stand up paddle boarding or a short hike, event participants enjoy the insightful teaching of someone well versed in the challenges of maintaining balance in one of the primary core areas. For example, on a recent outing, several pastors enjoyed a vigorous water work out and then had the opportunity to hear from Jim Kermath of Quest Coaching on the danger signs of “pastor burnout”.
But Balanced Life events go beyond the events of the day. Participants are able to develop key relationships with other like-minded individuals . . . always a key to living a balanced life!
Balanced Life events can take place just about anywhere, though we like to get people outside where they can enjoy some healthful exercise. And these events work well for organizations both large and small. We cater to families, business leaders, clergy, school and church groups. Whether it’s a few hours in the morning before work, or a week long retreat in an exotic location, a Balanced Life event can be tailored to your group’s needs.