This is by far the most EXCITING note I have ever written! After faithfully serving at Meadowland Church for the last five years, we believe God has called us to be SENT OUT by Meadowland to PLANT A NEW CHURCH in Belvidere, Il.
Our passion is to see LIVES CHANGED BY JESUS and DISCIPLES MADE. According to statistics, more people are coming to a relationship with Jesus Christ as a result of a new church plant than any other way.
We desire to see the gospel REDEEM our lives, our families, our neighborhoods, our communities and our world. We want to plant a church where broken, hurting, imperfect people can discover hope, healing, and abundant life. We believe Jesus came to us so that we may find redemption through Jesus to God and one another, and may have life to the full.
Through various relationship and friendships, God has placed a burden on our hearts for the people of Boone County. There is a great need for a Christ-Centered, Evangelical churches in Boone County that could serve and minister to the people of towns like Belvidere, Garden Prairie, Poplar Grove, Capron, and Caledonia.
For the last 5 years my wife and I have been begging God to bring a church to Boone County as we have been serving at Meadowland Church in Johnsburg, Il. After 5 years of prayer, we believe GOD IS CALLING us to begin a new work that would meet this need.
Really we are on a mission to plant a reproducing church in Belvidere that would reach all of Boone County. Belvidere is not only the largest city in Boone County, it is also the hub of Boone County. Of the 54,165 people that live in Boone County, 47% of the population lives in Belvidere.
We’re Already Gaining Momentum
We are so excited about planting a church in Belvidere, and we are not alone in our excitement. We are beginning to gain momentum through partnerships.
Meadowland Church has agreed to release us from leadership, and to send us out with their love, blessing and support. We also partnering with Converge MidAmerica, a missional network of GOSPEL DRIVEN CHURCHES.
Converge MidAmerica will not only provide us with tools, coaching, and support to plant with excellence, they will also contribute $36,000 in matching funds to help us get established and launch well so that Redemption Church can make make an impact, and see lives changed by Jesus. While church planting in America only experiences approximately a 20% success rate, churches planted in partnership with Converge MidAmerica have a success rate of 85%.
How You Can Help
Audrey and I would love the opportunity to share more with you about the Church. As we prepare to plant, we would like to share some of our goals with you:
- To begin growing a team of at least 50 people committed to working together to help launch Redemption Church.
- To raise $181,000 for start up costs that would cover things like marketing/evangelism, purchasing equipment, launching a website, securing a location, and to support our family moving to Belvidere.
- To raise monthly support of $15,000 for the next three years allowing Redemption Church to become grounded, established, and self-funding.
Would You Consider Partnering With Us Through:
- Joining our PRAYER TEAM: would you join our prayer team and pray for us weekly?
- Would you consider making a SPECIAL GIFT to our start-up support need of $181,000?
- Would you consider stepping out in faith and providing MONTHLY SUPPORT to meet our need of $15,000 a month for the next 3 years?
- Join our LAUNCH TEAM and help plant Redemption Church?
Your investment of prayer, time, or finances will have a STRONG IMPACT on people’s lives. Please prayerfully consider how you might be a part of launching this church with us.
If you would like to partner with us, or contact us check out the links below:
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If you would like to make a donation, all donations are tax deductible and can be made:
Online: You can make a donation online, directly through the CONVERGE MIDAMERICA WEBSITE.
By Mail: All support checks should be made payable to Converge MidAmerica, noted for the “Boone County Initiative” in the memo line, and sent to 924 Busse Hwy., Park Ridge, Il
Contact Us: If you would like to contact us, ask questions or get some info, please fill out this Contact Form.