Many of you know about my years of study at Moody. I felt strongly that God led me there for something specific (other than meeting my wife, though that was cool). Over many years God has been increasing my love of Oak Park and its people. The community is intelligent and engaged. People here care about their fellow man in a way that’s not seen in many places. Over time my love of Oak Park and burden for those in the community have grown deeper and have intertwined.
It became clear about a year ago that God was calling me to plant a church in Oak Park to specifically build relationships with the 40,000 people in this village who are completely irreligious. I started working with the church planting team at the Evangelical Free Church and last week, after an exhaustive assessment process, their team affirmed my call to plant a church in Oak Park. So, the quest to launch and build Village Church of Oak Park begins.
I have no illusions that it will be easy or without setbacks. Ministry is tough. There are times when I am overwhelmed with excitement at what God is going to do in this community. Other times I am nearly crippled by a sense of how utterly incapable I am to do this. The fact is, I am incapable. But God can get it done.
If you’re so inclined there are a couple of ways you can help at this early stage.
Sometimes when people ask for prayer it almost seems as though they’re doing it because they feel they should. But I’m serious about this. Satan doesn’t like new churches. If you’re not doing anything for God, he’ll leave you alone. We want to do some impactful things. We need prayer for protection. We need prayer that the Holy Spirit would work in the hearts of people in Oak Park. We need prayer for wisdom because every single member of our team is a sinner who needs God to get out of bed in the morning, much less to set up a new church.
It usually seems like people ask for prayer right before they ask for your money. Funny how that works. But ministry in Oak Park is going to be expensive. From space to equipment, it’s going to take some significant financial resources to get this done. Whether you can give $50 one time or every month, we’re grateful. Don’t think you need to give a huge gift to have an impact (though we appreciate those too). There are two tax-deductible ways to give.
Simply click HERE to make a secure donation online. This is a website used for many different EFCA church planters so be sure to select my name when making a donation so the money makes its way to our church.
Please make checks payable to Great Lakes District. Write “Fund #121” in the memo line of your check. DO NOT make the check out to me or put my name in the memo line. If you do that you can’t deduct your gift from your taxes.
Mail your check to:
Great Lakes District
PO Box 286
Osceola, IN 46561
Please share our information with any churches or individuals that you believe would have a heart to support this church plant with prayer or finances.
That’s all for now. I’ll blog here about the progress of the church plant. Stay tuned to see what God’s going to do in Oak Park.