I attended the Intern Fair at Lincoln Christian University with Mark Willis today. Traveling to Lincoln, we talked about Ignite and the Underground Network of house churches that Mark has facilitated in the city of Chicago. We celebrated some of the recent victories we have seen: Crossroads in Joliet having almost 800 people at their recent 5th Anniversary, Impact in Merrillville having over 160 as they held a grand opening at their new facility on Sunday and The Anchor baptizing 8 people baptized on Sunday. It was good talking about what God is doing.
After setting up our display, we went to lunch. We returned to the gym to find ourselves in the midst of several recent Ignite plants. Throughout the afternoon, we referred potential interns to these and other church plants from the past that were in the room. One of our neighbors said to me, “From what I see around the room, it looks like you have had an impact in Chicagoland.”
It was a good reminder to me of the way God has made a difference in the spiritual landscape of Chicagoland through Ignite’s ministry of starting new churches. I am thankful that God has called me to help start new churches in Chicagoland. Looking back, it’s easy to see what God has done. I also like looking forward to what is coming in the future. (Journey Christian Church launches in Elmhurst, IL on October 14!)
The spiritual landscape of Chicagoland changes positively with each new church plant. I love seeing God’s hand at work!