What is Lingkod?
It all began with a call, a call to be God’s witnesses in the workplace. In 1984, a small group of young professionals, former members of Christ’s Youth in Action (CYA), a nationwide movement of college students who have made a commitment to Christ in their college life, started meeting in Greenhills.
More than 25 years later, the small meetings became a national, and now an international, movement of single professionals and working people. All committed in making a difference in their workplaces by becoming agents of social transformation through their way of life.
WHAT WE DO
Various activities that Lingkod engages in are aimed to provide support to its members.
• Leadership Training and Formation
• Spiritual and Personal Development
• Weekly singles’ support group
• Practical Help (Career Development,
Personal Order, Christian Sexuality,
Financial Management, etc.)
• Outreach Ministries and Social Action
• Evangelistic activities
• Mission and Retreat
• In-house Formation
• Prayer Meetings
HOW WE LIVE
Lingkod members everywhere strive to live a distinct way of life, and in living this life, work to bring many others to Christ.
• SCRIPTURE MEDITATION
• SERVICE TO OTHERS
• LIVE OUR CATHOLIC FAITH
• COMMUNITY LIFE
“WE WANT TO GIVE GLORY TO GOD BY OUR VERY LIVES. OUR TRUE WORSHIP IS IN THE WAY WE LIVE LIVES THAT GIVE HIM DELIGHT AND IN THE WAY WE RELATE WITH CONCRETE LOVE TO THE PEOPLE AROUND US.”
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.
Join us in reaching out to the young people. Our worldwide effort is changing one young person's heart at a time. Your support will come a long way.