On Friday, while touring Park Ridge, we struck up a conversation with a couple of guys outside a local Starbucks. We talked with them about their motorcycles, some of the rides they’d been on and other things they enjoy doing. After a few minutes, one of the guys asked the potential planter, “What brings you to this area?” The planter responded, “I’m a minister, who is considering coming to this area to start a new church.” Then he told the guys that I lead a church planting organization starting new churches across Chicagoland.
At that point, I was asked a question I love to answer: “Aren’t there enough churches in this area?” I told him why we are looking at this area, by telling the story of Des Plaines, which has over 30 churches in the city. I explained that if every church in Des Plaines was filled to capacity twice (the average attendance of a Protestant church is 125), there would be around 10,000 people in church. The population of Des Plaines is 60,000, which means 5 out of every 6 people could not find a seat in a church. This area needs new churches!!
I could tell there was some skepticism from Bob as he listened, but the numbers do not lie, we need more churches in this region. Both guys asked for our cards and to be kept informed of new church plans. (Neither of them are regular attenders at any church currently.) It’s because of people like Chuck and Bob that Ignite has targeted this area for church planting.
We walked the area on Friday and Saturday, praying for guidance on where the next church should be planted. Two areas emerged as definite possibilities and this week we are praying for discernment as to which one should be #1. Please join us in praying.