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Our Name

We do everything with purpose.

LXI is the set of roman numerals for the number 61, pointing to Isaiah 61 in scripture. This chapter speaks on the character and actions of the coming Messiah. Isaiah 61 is essentially the mission statement of Jesus Christ (also seen in Luke 4). Jesus came to preach the good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for captives, and renew cities that have been devastated for generations! This mission in Isaiah 61 is what Jesus has done for us and is also the same mission He calls his followers to claim. As Christ has given His life for the broken to be made new, we will also give our lives to see healing happen here through Him.

Isaiah 61: 1-4

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

Our Mission

Healing happens here.

The Relational Need

We see a relational gap among urban youth in Johnson City. They have been over-looked and under-valued by the world around them, told they have no worth or purpose. They seek this validation through behavior that causes them to be put out by society, and can often destroy their hopes of a positive future. This is a messy generational cycle that is destined to be repeated if something doesn't change.

Because of Jesus' example, we believe healing relationships are the key to seeing hope, purpose, and value in the lives of our students. We exist to display the power of Christ's love and invite the Johnson City youth into holistic change and healing in their relationships with God, themselves, others, and all of creation.

LXI is a 501c3 non-profit in good standing with the IRS.

The Scripture

As Christ gave His life to live among us and then die for us, we want to give our lives to step into and live life alongside a broken generation [Philippians 2:1-11, 1 Thessalonians 2:8]

Christ came for each of us in our own brokenness [Isaiah 61, Matthew 9:12]. We pursue a generation of youth who are stuck in a cycle of community brokenness.

Chris is the hope for us to step out of generational brokenness and into new life in Him [2 Corinthians 5:17-21]! God desires to make all things new in our lives and world.

Our Vision

LXI is a place of discipleship dedicated to loving students well and demonstrating the way of Jesus.

"...loving students well..."

For LXI to fulfill its longterm mission of being a place of discipleship, two things are paramount. The first is that we love our students well. To love a student well is to invest in their life through the healing relationships model. We believe that every student who comes through our doors should be received with the love of Christ because that is the kind of love that stays, that transforms, that heals.


From our weekly volunteers and student demonstrators to our staff and supporters, LXI wholeheartedly believes that to be a longterm place of discipleship in the lives of students and in our community, we must begin with the love of Christ Jesus.

"...demonstrating the way of Jesus..."

In addition to receiving and lavishing students with love, WE EACH must demonstrate the way of Jesus. [1 Peter 1: 3-9]

To do this, we each must be deeply committed to walking out our own healing with others, in community, through faith, with prayer, under Christ. Pursuing Christ and the healing He offers is not and was never meant to be a lone effort. Together, we are called to bear one another's burdens [Galations 6:2] and push one another onward towards God and all He calls us to [Hebrews 10:24]. Our lives are to demonstrate, to communicate by how we live that His way is BETTER [Psalm 18:30, Psalm 63:3].

To see this Truth reveled by God in the lives of one another and invite each other into His way with you is to create a place of discipleship.