ANG LINGKOD NG PANGINOON (The Servant of the Lord) is a movement of single professionals and working people. The movement is dedicated to winning other singles to a full commitment to Jesus Christ and to committed personal relationships with other Christians. Along with actively serving the movement's mission, the members strive to live a lifestyle reflective of Christian values, particularly in their jobs and professions.
THE BIRTH OF LINGKOD By the mid-70’s, renewal communities had been established in many places in the world. One such group was established in the Philippines in 1975 through the help of the The Word of God Community which was based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first few years of Ligaya’s existence were spent laying the foundations for its community life. Its main apostolic work was in the form of public prayer meetings coupled with ongoing seminars to help people come to a new life in Christ and renewal in the Holy Spirit. In an effort to bring the Gospel message to other sectors of society and out of a desire to share its community spirituality with more and more people, Ligaya established several renewal communities and evangelistic movements. One such movement was Christ’s Youth in Action which was established in 1980. CYA is an evangelistic movement aimed at youth in university environments. In 1983, the first batch of students who graduated from Christ's Youth in Action (CYA) got together and decided to meet regularly to sustain their relationships and get support from one another. By September of 1984, they were meeting once a month. At that time, they called themselves CYA Alumni. In 1985, they began conducting Christian Life Programs in their respective workplaces. By then, their name had changed to CYA Young Professionals. After some time, the group saw the need for a new name to establish their own identity. They sought the Lord and received a word that their name be "Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon" (or The Servant of the Lord) -- a title of Jesus from the book of Isaiah. Today, the group is commonly known as Lingkod. Since that fateful time, Lingkod has grown into a movement of single professionals and working people dedicated to winning other singles to a full commitment to Jesus Christ and to committed personal relationships with other Christians. Along with this mission, the members also strive to live a lifestyle reflective of Christian values, particularly in the workplace.
STATEMENT OF IDENTITY
Ang Lingkod Ng Panginoon (The Servant of the Lord) is a movement of single professionals and working people. The movement is dedicated to winning other singles to a full commitment to Jesus Christ and to committed personal relastionships with other Christians. Along with actively serving the movement's mission, the members strive to live a lifestyle reflective of Christian values. particularly in their jobs and professions.
We are single men and women who seek fullnes of life in Jesus Christ and, in living this life, work to bring many others to Himself.
Our five-fold mission are:
CONVERSION: To joyfully give our lives to Jesus Christ and continually come to a deeper personal relationship with Him.
COMMUNITY: To live in committed personal relationships with other.
CULTURE: To faithfully live the commandments of God and His church as well as the common way of life He has given us.
CHARACTER: To strive to grow in personal holiness and in the character of God.
COMMISSION: To boldly proclaim the Good News of God’s Kingdom and work for its spread in our families, workplaces, nation and all other environments we find ourselves in.
TEACHING AND FORMATION PROGRAMS
Lingkod offers various teaching courses for the formation of its members. There are two classification of courses:
The required teaching courses are for committed members and are given over a two-year period. These include, in order, the following:
- Christian Life Program
- Christian Growth Series
- Christian Service Series
- Christian Sexuality
- Course for Single Men and Women
- Christian in the Workplace
The training courses are intended to train some Lingkod members for specific areas of service. They include the following:
- Evangelization Training Courses
- CLP Training Course
- Action Group Leaders Training Course
In addition, Lingkod conducts an annual National Leaders Training Conference (NLTC) for the various leaders from the provincial branches. The NLTC offers a wide variety of teaching and training modules to equip the leaders with the requisite skills for their service as well as the vision and spiritual understanding for their service.
All the Lingkod leaders (Action Group Leaders, Unit Leaders and members of the service Councils) have monthly service meetings where they are given ongoing teaching for their service responsibilitites in the body.
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
- Regular Activities
LINGKOD has weekly prayer meetings (which are open and evangelistic) and weekly Action Group Meetings. A Unit, which is a group of action groups under a Unit Leader, meets once a month.
- Events and Celebrations
There are also annual Lingkod-wide events and celebrations. They include:
- Lenten Retreat
- Summer Outing
- Anniversary Celebration
- Unity Games
- Christmas Party
Members of Lingkod are encouraged to be actively involved and participate in various ministries and services of the group. These include both services for the internal life of Lingkod as well as those that have to do with benefiting others:
Members help in the following services:
- Facilities and Set-up
- Music Ministry
- Sounds Ministry
- Works of Mercy
- Intercessory Prayer Team
- Job Placement Bureau
- Food Committee
- Records and Documentation
- Greeters Team
- Evangelization Team
- Finance Committee
- Logistic and Administration
- Book Table
- Ways and Means (Fund Raising)
LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
LINGKOD is headed by a National Director who provides overall, governmental and administrative direction to all areas of Lingkod life and activity. He assisted by the National Women's Moderator and a Staff in organizational and development work as well as in overseeing the the operations of the group's branch network and providing provincialleaders with the pastoral care they need. Lingkod's administrative concerns are handled by a National Administrator.
The basic geographic grouping of a Lingkod body in a particular locality is known as a Branch. It is headed by a Branch Leader, the principal local male leader of the branch. Each branch has at least five Action Groups of men and five Action Groups of women. An Action Group is the smallest and most basic pastoral unit in Lingkod and is comprised of five (5) to ten (10) committed Lingkod members. It is headed by an Action Group Leader. Five or more Action Groups compose a Unit, a service grouping headed by a Unit Leader who is in charged with providing the Action Group Leaders with input and guidance.
The day-to-day affairs and concerns of each branch (e.g. events, schedules, ministries, apostolates) are handled by a Service Council, a group of appointed brothers and sisters. The council is headed by a Service Council Presiding Officer.
Lingkod, through its branches, provides pastoral and organizational support to various groups. These groups are known as Affiliates and assisted Groups.
THE LINGKOD FAMILY NATIONWIDE
- Los Baños
- San Pablo
- Quezon City
- Cagayan de Oro
- General Santos
- Servants of the Lord's Vineyard (Makati)
- The Lord's Flock (NET)