What is 1231?
1231 is Terrace Lake’s own Christian, holistic, mentor-based, relational rehabilitation ministry.
The name of the ministry comes from Mark 12:31: “And the second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” This ministry provides opportunity for this church body to come alongside “neighbors” and help point them to Jesus in a very practical and impactful way.
Who does it serve?
We feel that 1231 serves two populations:
It serves this church body by providing a way for you to love your neighbor as yourself in an intentional way.
It serves our neighbors, specifically those who are ready to change their life. This could be someone coming out of addiction, incarceration, homelessness, abusive relationship, divorce, death of a loved one, unplanned pregnancy, etc.
Why are we doing it?
We are doing this because we want to follow the teachings, commands, and example of Jesus by serving the hurting, broken and lost in our community.
Our Outreach Team began with a survey of the community to see where there may be gaps in the types of outreach services provided. We noticed a few things through this process: holistic or whole-person care is lacking, deep relationship between “client” and “clinician” is minimal, and the Church stepping up to be the Church by coming alongside people is missing.
God has been very gracious and faithful to share the vision for this ministry with our team and we believe that what we have developed is in line with that vision. Our hope is to come alongside someone in their brokenness, mentor them in their relationship with Christ (whether that be non-existent, new, or growing), and help meet their physical/immediate needs through the network of our church body, all while creating deep and lasting relationships.
How does 1231 work?
The Inside Mentor (IM) serves in a specific area of our community (jail, foster parenting, homelessness, addiction recovery, etc.). This IM begins developing relationships with people where they serve and identifies someone (a Neighbor) who would benefit from 1231. Then the IM works with the Outside Mentor (OM) to transition that Neighbor into the 1231 ministry. The OM then begins working with the Neighbor and identifying where they are spiritually and what major Life Dimensions they need help with. Each Life Dimension is a team of people, or Coaches, that specialize in that area and are ready to help the Neighbors. The Outside Mentor and the Coaches work together to help the Neighbor in their specific areas of need.
All of these relationships are Christ-centered and Gospel-oriented.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in serving in one of the ministry roles (Inside Mentor, Outside Mentor, or Life Dimension Coach), please contact Leah Sandlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.