mission  |  vision

MISSION 

Cooperate in God's mission of love,

as we teach and demonstrate the ways of Jesus,

and invite others into this journey.


VISION 

[impact] the south side

[form] intentional relationships

[seek] spiritual transformation

[send] new churches


  ...we are Ambassadors of Christ demonstrating the Kingdom of God wherever we find ourselves, but specifically concentrating our collective energies within the context of the south side of South Bend. We will do this through the pursuit of intentional relationships established by the Spirit of God through prayer, service, and invitation to follow Jesus. With all who accept this invitation, we will pursue spiritual transformation as disciples of Jesus in the context of community at every level but especially in small groups. Then we will repeat this process by establishing other communities with like vision in other parts of South Bend, Michiana, and throughout the world.  

our story

CLICK [HERE] TO WATCH 'BEGINNINGS' ... THE LSC STORY AS TOLD BY SAM


As you come to him, the Living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.- 1 Peter 2:4-5


The story of Living Stones Church is one of rebirth and new vision. A church with a 50 year history, looking to move out of it's dated and deteriorating building, seeking to serve the families of the non-instrumental Church of Christ tradition, came to a screeching halt one fall day in 2001 when God very clearly asked, “what makes you think you'll be better stewards of a new building than of the one I gave you 50 years ago?” This question set Sam (our pastor) and eventually the entire church on a radical new journey seeking out what it means to be a church in the middle of a neighborhood of real people, with real needs, and real hunger. God continued to refine the vision for the church over the next couple years. The focus became, as a laser, the South Side of South Bend. Our gaze clearly turned from inward to outward, our desire growing to be the place where South siders could seek a relationship with Jesus. We prayed for 24hours a day, for 40 days, in a small prayer room, for the South side. And God began to add to our numbers. And then in February of 2006, God gave us a new name: Living Stones Church. The name Living Stones Church is one with meaning and is a key to understanding who we are, and what God has called us to do. The term "Living Stones" is a unique description given to both Jesus and to his Church. You see, Jesus is the Living Stone, and Peter says that we too, like him, are to be Living Stones- walking with the presence of God, each of us and as one body, a spiritual house in which God resides. The location of our church building then, is not an accident. We have been specifically and strategically placed here to serve as a refuge and a "beachhead" or a "staging point" for outreach into the South side. God has continued to add to our numbers … we have tripled in size in the last three years, a majority joining us from the South side zip codes of 46613 and 46614. Over 100 have been baptized and countless others have re-prioritized their lives and begun living life with Christ at the center. Our body is made up of truly all kinds of people from all walks, backgrounds, and experiences. We are a laid back and real people who take our calling and vision very serious. Its an exciting journey. It is rewarding. We haven't a clue what God is gonna do next. And we wouldn't have it any other way!

what to expect

Going somewhere new is hard... especially a new church. The good news is, Living Stones is a down-to-earth, friendly, casual place where you won't have to meet any big expectations... you can investigate and discover more about God and know that you can do it in your own way and at your own pace. 


[arrival] Our worship gatherings begin at 9:30am and 11:15am. Come 10 minutes early to enjoy a cup of coffee and get the good seats. The services last approximately 65 minutes. 


[dress] Dress is casual, so come as you are. ...we're a jeans and t-shirt kind of people, so you'll be welcomed no matter what you are wearing! 


[kids] If you've got kids, your first stop is the lscKIDS! space, a place for kids birth - 3rd grade. Our children's check-in system will ensure you of their security, and your kids will enjoy a fun journey together through age appropriate, exciting activities developed to point them toward a relationship with Jesus. Click here for more information on lscKIDS! 


[littleTHEATRE] if you should find yourself in the Worship Gathering struggling with a noisy or inconsolable kiddo, the litteTHEATRE is available to you. Located just off the lobby, the littleTHEATRE is a small lounge where you can continue to participate in the worship gathering via closed circuit TV. 


[worship] Our time of worship is informal and casual, where you can participate or simply reflect. Expect to laugh as well as hear something relevant to your life. Expect to rock out – our songs are contemporary and led by a full band. The lyrics and Bible passages used throughout will be displayed on a big screen. 


[communion] We celebrate communion, a time of remembering Jesus' death and resurrection, every week. It is an “open” communion, meaning that everyone is invited to Jesus’ table. So please feel welcome to come forward (just follow the crowd), eat a small piece of bread and drink a small cup of juice, and return to your seat. 


[giving] An offering is collected every week. As an act of worship, we give to the Lord a tithe and/or offering. You are welcome to participate, but as a guest, you are certainly not expected to. This is the time , however, to put your “check-in card” from the bulletin into the tray as it comes by.  


[promise] We promise not to single you out. We're a friendly laid back people, so you'll almost certainly be greeted and some may introduce themselves to you, but we'll do nothing to single you out or call attention to your visiting. So relax, enjoy the experience, and let us know if you have any questions. 


[extended welcome] Anyone – no matter who you are, what you believe, or what you are in to - is welcome! We won't ask you questions of lifestyle, habit, or conviction as you walk through the door. Jesus had a habit of welcoming all that came to him. Since we are trying to be like him – we want to do the same. You are welcome – just as you are. And remember, all of us were new to Living Stones Church at one time! 


[beyond Sunday] Our life together as Living Stones does not end with Sundays. A relationship with God and His community happens (and must) from Monday through the next Sunday. As you begin to hang out with us, you'll hear about Groups, and I LOVE SOUTH SIDE events and service opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and fun events, all designed to be opportunities to live life together and carry out our vision to effect the South side with God's love. 


[next steps] Should you keep showing up, and we hope you do, you'll probably wonder, 'whats next?' A great place to start would be to come to the next DATING GAME.  Click here for more info!

what we believe

  • We believe in one holy and living God, the everlasting creator and sustainer of all things visible and invisible.
  • We believe in the holy trinity, three persons in one divine essence, equal in power and alike eternal: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that God, born out of love, created the world to live in union with Him.
  • We believe, that humanity, due to sin, has ruptured God’s original intent of perfect union with Him. 
  • We believe that God the Father, in His intense desire and love for the world initiated a plan of salvation that makes possible the restoration of union with Himself.
  • We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God.
  • We believe that Jesus is Lord of creation. He is the incarnation of divinity; perfect and fully God; perfect and fully man. 
  • We believe Jesus came in the flesh, inaugurated the kingdom of God in earth, and crucified on a cross. 
  • We believe that Jesus was raised from the dead after three days.
  • We believe that Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of the Father, exalted and glorified.
  • We believe that Jesus will in the appointed time and will of the Father, return again and usher in the fullness of God’s kingdom reign.
  • We believe that salvation, or reconciliation to the Father, is through the name and blood of Jesus Christ. This salvation is offered by God’s grace through faith. 
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the indwelling, dynamic, empowering presence of God.
  • We believe that those whom God reconciles back to Himself he places in the ‘Body of Christ,’ the Church.
  • We believe that those who have been saved and placed into the body of Christ are to be disciples of Jesus Christ.