The Lift Story
2004: The Beginning
Lift’s first "service" was Sunday night, September 9, 2004, in the apartment of Corey and Tanya Best, an American/Swiss family who had recently moved to Switzerland to be "tent-making" church planters of Lift. Ken & Kristin Eales, a South African couple, were also present that first evening along with four other adults and 5 kids. In January 2005, the "Lift Nights" were moved down by the Lake of Zug to the meeting room upstairs at Vorstadt 30. From the beginning, whether 15, 20 or only 7 people, Lift faithfully came together to worship God and open the Bible to learn from His Word. Stami (Evangelische Stadtmission Zug), a German-speaking church across town, was and is a great support to Lift.
2006: Good Morning
In the summer of 2006, Lift moved to morning worship service times at 10:00am, which quickly proved to be the right move in Lift’s identity as a new "church" in Zug and not just a "small group" where we boldly proclaimed to our community that we were Lift - The International Church of Zug.
2007: God Adds Workers
In 2007 God provided a few key people who arrived in Switzerland with a common vision and mission for His church. This led to a broader leadership team being formed by the end of the year, which was called the Servant Leadership team. At this point there were not yet any formal appointments of Elders/Pastor.
2008 - 2010: Full-Time Home and Growth
In the Spring of 2008 Lift was officially established as an independent "Verein" in Zug.
In September, God provided a full time "home" to rent at Ibelweg 18.
Into 2009, with a newly-built nursery, Sunday School space, and the Lift Living Room, many ministries were able to develop "at the church" while many other ministries "in the community" continued, such as small groups, Ladies' and Men's Studies and lakeside baptisms. It's intentional for Lift that the church is more about the people, not the buildings or rooms.
2011 - 2013: More Growth & Commissioning
Tanya and Corey moved on to continue their journey with ICF and in January 2011 we formalised and commissioned Pastors (Elders) at Lift according to biblical instruction.
Lift soon outgrew the building at Ibelweg, and in March 2013 we moved again, this time to Sihlbruggstrasse 3a in Baar.
2014 - 2019: Full-Time Pastor
With the growth of the church, the need for a full-time Pastor became very real. In February 2014, the Lord saw fit to bless us with our very first full-time pastor family: Peet & Jenni Wallace (they also have 2 adult sons - Ryan and Chris). Exciting times forging ahead with Jesus and His people in Zug!
With various ministries, events, and outreaches, and a heart for missions, LIFT continues to GO & GROW on our journey with the Lord in faith!
2020: Going Online
In March 2020 due to the unprecedented impact of Covid-19, and the corresponding regulations imposed by the Swiss Government, we took the decision to start live-streaming our Sunday services and start weekly Prayer meetings via Zoom. These online gatherings have proved to be such a positive addition to church life that they have now become central to the way we operate.