Our Model

The LIA Development Model

Our model builds on the spiritual truth that the gospel brings about changes in the spiritual, social, and material dimensions of a community to wholistically improve the human condition. We utilize an integrated approach to cultivate community ownership of the transformations that take place. Local ownership and responsibility is necessary for the sustainable transformation of a community.

The Local Church

We partner local churches because we believe it is who Christ ordained to carry out the purposes of God. We know that long after our work is complete within a community, it is the local church who is left to continue the work.

Economic Empowerment

Earning capacity and savings are the basis for physical poverty alleviation. When someone’s able to provide for their family, they have more dignity and a better understanding of their self-worth. We focus on economic empowerment opportunities that promote self-sufficiency and innovation to create value in a given economy.

Social Engagement

Social engagement is the basis for breaking the poverty cycle. Nothing changes when nothing is changed. We work to equip and walk alongside communities as they identify the structural evil that perpetuates their circumstances. Furthermore, we encourage our local church partners to fully utilize their unique role in the community by advocating for its most vulnerable members.

Community Health

Health is the basis for life. Each and every community we serve has a specific emphasis on disease prevention, health promotion, and care. The community plays a vital role in identifying the areas of greatest need and implementing health programs that build upon existing assets, capacity, and the established health network.


Education is the basis for development. All our initiatives include community wide seminars and educational interventions targeting the identified needs, assets, and capacity within a community. Specific attention is always given to developing the practical theology of our church partners within the community.

3 Steps to Sustainable Development

Step 1.
Engage Local

We enter a community with the Lord’s guidance and ask that He reveal “men and women of peace”. We gather the local pastors and community leaders and cast vision for their community.

Engage Local Leadership
Step 2.
Invite Church

We partner with the local church in a three-year commitment and equip them through our integrated development model to address the spiritual, social, and material needs of the community.

Invite Church Partnership
Step 3.
Cultivate Community

We train and equip the church to build sustainable solutions, mobilize resources, and engage their community in order that individuals within begin to take ownership of their transformation.