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  • Worship Center

    8:00, 9:30, 10:45

    Services in the Worship Center featuring light, contemporary worship music with live teaching.

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    9:15 & 10:45

    Video teaching with progressive worship music in the Gym.

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Transformation Ministries

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The house isn’t very large but it somehow feels bigger and brighter because of the people in it. Fourteen people take a seat around two tables lined up end to end. Giant metal pots and pans filled with mashed potatoes, noodles, green beans and meatloaf fill the few empty spaces.

The room gets a little louder as someone asks, “Who wants potatoes?”

Plates are passed and filled and passed again.

Another person asks, “Who wants noodles?”

Plates are passed and filled and passed again.

Another person asks, “Who wants green beans?”

Plates are passed and filled and passed again.

The sound of laughter and chatter and forks scrapping against plates fills the air. Even a good meal can’t kill the conversation around the table. At one end of the table some of the guys talk about the upcoming basketball season. At the other end some of the girls talk about their days at school. This family sits together, eats together, laughs together. They tease one another and listen to one another.

When Kory and Alison Lantz first started Transformation Ministries seven years ago, they couldn’t have imagined the community that would birth from their dream and vision. What began as five kids meeting in their home has grown into Iron Sharpens Iron (ISI), Bethel Urban Ministry Experience, a Summer Skills Academy and Greater Impact Lawn Care Service. Today, 50 kids participate in ISI and countless others from the community come into Kory and Ali’s home, finding love, belonging and discipleship.

When Kory and Ali graduated from Bethel College in 2009, they both had a passion for youth, different cultures and hospitality. They looked at ministries overseas, believing that the Lord was leading them there. However, after connecting with people in the Keller Park neighborhood, they caught a new vision for what the Lord was calling them to do. This one neighborhood held the potential to connect all their passions. So they moved into a house and began to do ministry by starting a youth group and opening their home as a safe place for kids from the community.

The first year was a crash course in all things ministry. Although they were trained in ministry through their time at Bethel, they were inexperienced in the day-to-day practical things. That first year they learned how to treat people unrelentingly with dignity and how to care for them in ways that showed respect.

Because of their neighborhood, they began to learn more about race and the issues that lie just below the surface of our culture. During that first year, they learned to engage in healthy dialogue about the problems kids and families run into as it relates to these issues, and they gained greater respect for race. Each day they try to come alongside others in pursuit of solutions.

Today, Kory, Ali and their team take hope in approaching ministry through a holistic Gospel lens. They don’t see their job as just seeing people come to know Jesus. Their ministry is to meet felt needs. Their ministry is to address the emotional, physical and educational challenges their kids face every day. Through this, they can share the love and hope of Jesus much easier.

When the days get tough, they look back at the faithfulness of God and see how He has worked through their weaknesses to accomplish more than they could have ever imagined. They see the students who are stepping up to the call of Christ in their lives. They see the students who are taking steps to move past addictions and sins. They see the students and families who are infusing hope into the community. They see the kids who are stepping up as leaders in ISI and embracing the gifts God has given them.

In turn, God is using these kids and this ministry to change the neighborhoods of South Bend. Kory and Ali and their team have big dreams for the future, but all these dreams have to do with their kids. They want to see hope restored, families restored, leadership restored. They want to see their kids grow up and stay in their community to continue to make it a better place. They dream of a transformation rooted in Jesus.

To do their ministry, Transformation needs volunteer and financial support from their partners. You can get involved by providing a meal for an ISI group or becoming a mentor for one of the ISI students. To get involved in Transformation, email Kory at kory.lantz@gmail.com.

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