This is family! Many of our military members who are stationed here have no family living around here (besides the spouse and kids if they are married.) We know that we can never replace extended family but our desire is to be like family for them; to provide the love, support, friendship, care, etc. We sat down to have dinner with a couple of our airmen once and started sharing the overall vision for the Network and one of them said "that sounds like family, and that's what I personally need." Families do life together and so do we....from camping, eating, and even celebrating Christmas together, to taking care of each other, hanging out and being honest. We want the single airmen fresh out of Tech school all the way to the seasoned veteran to know that they are not alone here.
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We help build a solid foundation in the men and women of our military community. We do this through our gatherings, mentorship, leadership development, conferences, small groups, etc.
Events help us grow, friends help us grow, serving helps us grow, family helps us grow, being together helps us grow, etc.
We believe that growth happens one on one and in small groups so we put a high priority on mentorship and leadership development. This is done through mentoring relationships, our intern program, counseling, etc. We firmly believe that many of life's issues can be helped with a friend, so we strive to never underestimate the growth that can happen with a friend enjoying a meal together.
This is a service to point people toward becoming the men and women God created us to be and build the individual person. Growth is something that we do together and we believe that pointing people toward Jesus is the only way to see real, lasting, genuine growth.
"AFTER ALL, THE WARRIOR NETWORK IS SUPPORTING SERVICE MEMBERS AND PREPARING THEM TO ENGAGE AND DEFEAT THE ENEMY ON ALL FRONTS."
We take care of our military community. This is the cornerstone of The Warrior Network. Whatever
the need, we want to help meet it, whether spiritual, physical, relational, or
emotional. We understand that there are many needs that our military
community faces, especially being separated from family. For the most
part, in the military community, the need is not physical, rather, it is
emotional, spiritual and relational. We want to provide support for
individuals, marriages, deployed families, grief, substance abuse, etc.
You need to talk to someone, we are here. Your family need help while
your spouse is deployed, we are here. You lose a loved one or have to
deal with sickness, we are here. You need help packing or moving, we are
here. You need prayer support, a friend, a shoulder, someone to listen,
family to hang with, we are here.
This is also where the local community as well as our military community come together as a network...to serve together! Needs are not met alone, so our goal is to take the military community and the church/local community, bring them together, and meet the need. Whether that is a need of ONE of our military members, MANY of our military members, or a need in our community that our military community can help meet. This works both ways!
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One of the things we do is help connect our military community with the local community here in Shreveport/Bossier. What would it look like to connect military members (whether new to the area, new believers, or just looking for a home church) to established churches with a core group of their peers already in them? So, our goal is to do just that, have a network of churches (beyond denominational walls) we can connect people with, both supporting our military as well as the Kingdom.
Alongside that, how are we effectively connecting military members to businesses and services that they need here in our local community? With that question...again...we have network partners that we can point people to, especially people who are new to the area. We want to be proactive in helping people feel at home and ease the search for things ranging from a church home, a good place to eat, a gym, a realtor, family friendly places to go, etc. So, with all that being said, the Warrior Network stands to be just one way that our military community and local community connect!