Launch Team Members: 20
Regular Attendance: 40
LifeChurch Auburn Hills gathered for the very first time in August of 2018, beginning its work of bringing together the diverse community in and around Auburn Hills on a mission to make disciples of all nations.
Launch Team Members: 75
Regular Attendance: 120
LifeChurch Auburn Hills launches with preview services and weekly gatherings beginning in early 2019, establishing a launch team of 50 families with a strong outreach amongst university students, local schools, and the international community.
Launch Team Members: 95
Regular Attendance: 155
Regular small groups: 10
Church Plant of the Year
Within 18 months of its inception, LifeChurch is named Church Plant of the Year by the Great Lakes Conference of the Evangelical Covenant. With our commitment to diversity, outreach, and developing 3C Friendships, the church was growing in both health and size thanks in part to the additions of a children's arts program, ESL outreach, and strong community presences.
Launch Team Members: 105
Regular small groups: 10
You Are Here: Unveiling the 3CFuture
In spite of months of COVID-19 related interruptions, LifeChurch continued to grow with new launch team members joining the team. We launch the 3CFuture campaign to help our launch team members and beyond understand the road to becoming the faith community that God has designed us to be, one that launches new churches, ministries, and more in the coming decades.
Launch team members goal: 200
Small groups goal: 20
Funds needed: $350,000 annual giving
Step 1: Growing the core
In order to get to the next goal of moving beyond the "church plant" status and becoming a formal member church within the Evangelical Covenant Denomination, we at LifeChurch need to increase the number of core launch team members and annual giving to be able to sustain our current work. Our goal in 2021 is to increase our giving from around $200,000 to $350,000 as we almost double our launch team membership in preparation for becoming a member church.
Launch team members goal: 250
Small groups goal: 24
Funds needed: $400,000 annual giving
Step 2: Become a member church
After signing our original agreement with the Evangelical Covenant Church in December 2018, spring of 2022 is the soonest we can become a member church of the Evangelical Covenant denomination. Becoming a member church means that we can start having official members, appoint our own elders, and have our own congregation give voting input into the life and ministry of the church. This step is critical for the future so that we have a strong foundation who have ownership in the development of the 3CFuture. In order to become a member church, we must prove that we are financially able to sustain our ministry from the regular giving of our launch team members.
Launch team members goal: 275
Small groups goal: 40
Funds needed: $450,000 annual giving
Step 3: Develop the 3C materials
After 2 years of pushing hard to grow our core team and becoming a member church, 2023 will be all about doing the hard work of developing curriculum for a 3CFuture. The goals for 2023 will be to shepherd the new members we gained in the previous 2 years, ensuring every one has a small group to be a part of, as well as writing a book, developing videos, and creating an overall educational platform for how to develop 3CFriendships.
Launch team members goal: 350
Small groups goal: 40
Funds needed: $500,000 annual giving
Step 4: Onboard new 3CLeaders
In preparation for the final step of building the foundation for the 3CNetwork, we want to ensure we have an inaugural class of leaders who are ready to launch new initiatives. In addition to continuing to grow the base of the church in 2024, LifeChurch will be training existing leaders from within the church (such as Young Adults leader Audrey Smith, pictured here) as well as recruiting candidates for our 3CLeader Development Intensive, ensuring there are 3-5 candidates ready to launch initiatives as part of the 3CNetwork.
Step 5: Launch the 3CNetwork
All in all, the 3CNetwork is our vehicle to bring about the 3CFuture. We believe a fully staffed network with materials, curriculum, leadership development, and its own financial infrastructure to launch new initiatives is the key to establishing initiatives like churches, ministries, and even schools that will help foster 3CFriendships: committed, cross-cultural, Christ-centered friendships. With the 3CNetwork there to support them, these 3CFriendships now have the chance to blossom into the next generation of faith communities that we believe will change the world.