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Life.Church Continues Working with Reading Partners

By RAEGAN DOUGHARTY
Contributing Writer


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Life.Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church, which is described as “a growing multi-ethnic denomination.” Life.Church has multiple campuses located in eight states, using video streaming to allow different churches to hear messages from the senior pastor Craig Groeschel or another pastor on staff. The church says its “mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. That’s how we’re able to make a difference, and it’s the driving force behind everything we do.” Founded in 1996, the church celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016.

Life.Church partnered with Reading Partners, a nonprofit which expanded to Tulsa in 2013. According to Reading Partners’ website, the church became an “official local missions partner” to the nonprofit in fall 2014.

Reading Partners accepted a $16,000 grant that will help fund the organization’s mission to help children become lifelong readers. Reading Partners began in California to assist students who fell behind in reading at Belle Haven Community School in Silicon Valley. Since its launch in 1999, the nonprofit has spread into other states. The Reading Partners website includes the statement “In fourth grade, students are expected to transition from learning to read to reading to learn.” The organization believes that these foundational skills will be the basis of the child’s continued mastery of new subjects. Students work weekly with trained community volunteers to reach the necessary grade level. Community volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring to help children reach reading proficiency.

Pictured left to right: Allen Conner, Reading Partners site coordinator; Camille Newbro, Reading Partners site coordinator; Tiffany Hinson, Life.Church Jenks LifeGroups/LifeMissions project leader; Mendy Eakle, Life.Church Jenks LifeGroups/LifeMissions pastor; Jessica Risenhoover, Reading Partners director of external relations.

Updated 01-26-2018

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