This has been many years in the making and we’re excited to share the announcement with you: Mary and I have been accepted into a church planting residency program through the EFCA’s (Evangelical Free Church of America) Reach Chicago church planting network (reachchicago.net). During this personalized residency experience, I will receive training from pastors, church planters, and other church leaders to start and lead a unique, gospel-centered, multiplying church.
After much prayer, discussion and research, we have identified Lake Zurich in the northwest suburbs of Chicago as the community we will be planting in. There are a number of unique ministry opportunities that we have already identified in this community, such as ministering to divorced and blended families, mentoring teens and young adults, caring for a growing elderly population, breaking down the walls of socio-economic barriers, and loving our neighbor by supporting development programs in at-risk communities throughout the suburbs and the city of Chicago in the name of Christ.
Restoration Church is a church – a community of believers centered around the gospel of Jesus Christ – with a missional-movement mindset: restoring lives, our community, and the world with the transformational power of the gospel.
We believe the Lord has big plans for Restoration Church and we’re excited to be part of the work that He is already planned out for you and us. We’ve got a lot of work to do and plan to share ways you can be part of this exciting movement with us very soon. In the meantime here are a few ways you can specifically be praying for us:
- Our house goes on the market this week and we’re currently working to put an offer on a home in the Lake Zurich community. Pray our home sells quickly and at a fair price, as well as the close of our new home goes smoothly.
- Pray for our family as we prepare to make a big move and transition to a new community.
- Pray for our current ministry at Grace Community Bible Church in Grayslake. We intend to finish strong and faithfully. Our departure is at the end of August.
- Pray that the Lake Zurich community is receptive to our presence and that God begins to move hearts and minds to be part of our church.
- Pray that we would we would find favor with others and build authentic relationships in the Lake Zurich community.
- Pray for future core-group and launch team members who have yet to be identified or called to help in the planting of Restoration Church.
- Pray that our residency would be fully funded by September 1st.
For Christ and His Kingdom,
Matt & Mary