Behind the Scenes


Last fall, I wanted to create an easy way for our launch team, supporters, and prospective members to stay connected and inspired with our vision for a new church in the Chicago suburbs. I felt it would be important and a long-term strategy for us to create a means that allowed us to dialogue with our community before having a physical building or establishment as a church. Two weeks before Christmas, the Restoration Church Podcast was born!

We borrowed some studio space for the first few episodes to get our feet wet and figure out exactly what we were doing. A few months later, we’ve invested into some equipment of our own and produce the weekly podcast from Jose & Melanie’s living room on a regular basis on Saturday mornings.

We love the podcasting format because our best content and explanation of the vision for Restoration Church can’t be replicated on my blog or our Facebook page. So, here’s what you might have missed if you’re not listening yet …

Episode 1: We answer the question, “Why open a new church?” We also don’t know what we’re doing, so we’re a little rough around the edges when it comes to this podcasting thing!

Episode 3: We talk about radical gospel transformation and why it’s at the foundation to all that we are and do at Restoration Church.

Episode 7: We love our community and desire to be a witness for Jesus that seeks to bless, not condemn. Hear our heart for Lake Zurich and our neighboring communities.

Episode 8: We started a study on the book Radical by David Platt. This is the same book that our Launch Team is covering in our times together and it’s saturated with gospel truth and vision for Restoration Church. Follow along with us!

Episode 10: I share my testimony … with a surprising twist that occurred the day before recording! You won’t believe it until you hear it.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast on SoundCloud, iTunes, or Google Play so that you don’t miss a single episode! New episodes are released every Wednesday.

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By the Cross. For the Kingdom.
– Matt