Revive Christian Churches
At the center of all of ILF’s programs is the church. ILF has two church buildings which hold weekly services, bible studies, mentoring and community outreach activities. These buildings represent and are designed to draw the communities we serve into greater understanding of the God of the Bible. Local community leaders participate in pastoral training (hyperlink) and are empowered to lead with both knowledge and skill. While ILF’s convictions of faith are grounded in the Bible, we do not deny services or force these beliefs on the community or surrounding communities.
Pastoral Training and Certificate Program
ILF has a multi-faceted approach to pastoral training. This is through church-based and formal pastoral training. We believe that church-based training, mentoring, and ministry experience are essential components of preparing for pastoral ministry. Interested community members are given various opportunities to serve and develop in their passion both in their personal relationship with Christ as well as their desire to be a pastor. They are given the opportunity to be individually mentored by Dr Roland Turay and/or ILF’s Director of Ministry, are involved in evangelism and given opportunity to speak at gatherings and services. Participants are given weekly pastoral training provided by local leaders and supplemented by ILF’s Director of Ministry.
Formal training is completed through ILF paid enrollment at The Wesleyan College of Theology. This is a a 3-year program which equips individuals to serve their community and present the gospel with confidence.
As part of ILF’s community outreach, local leaders and teachers run Bible camps and sports camps bi-annually. The focus of these is to prepare the next generation of leaders of Sierra Leone to live safe, healthy and productive lives. While the focus is on Gospel centered teaching, education on clean water, sanitation, human trafficking and nutrition are presented as well.
Surrounding communities are invited to participate as well as community members participating in ILF’s programs. They engage in crafts, songs, activities and educational programs. All participants are given lodging and meals for the duration of the program. This is a free program to all who attend.
ILF has developed community outreach as a result of community members desiring a tangible way to share their faith with those around them. As a result, surrounding communities have been invited to participate in farming and feeding programs, health and hygiene workshops, Gospel centered video events, sports and Bible camps for youth, and church-based programs. Local leadership hold gospel centered movie events in surrounding areas and are active in preaching at various communities in surrounding areas. Through sports and Bible camps, over 500 children as well as parents/guardians of these children, have had the opportunity to hear about the love of God through Jesus.
All evangelism and outreach is followed with an invitation to discipleship through Revive Christian Church. “It is out of our love for God that we desire to help others,” stated James Tholley, a community leader in Mankneh. Over 400 salvations and baptisms have taken place in the last 3 years.