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Our Mission: "Multiplying Leaders, Ministries and Healthy Churches"
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WELCOME TO THE CHURCH - PART TWO
"But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far away [outsiders], have been brought near through the blood of Christ...He has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall... Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household!"             (Ephesians 2:13-19)

The sanctification of the church is the key to multiplying the church. The word sanctify means "to be set apart, purified for God's purpose." When an individual is sanctified, they become totally devoted to Jesus and his agenda. When a local church is sanctified, the church becomes totally devoted to Jesus and his agenda as well. The church is no longer just concerned about itself. It is willing to sacrifice part or all of itself  to multiply the Kingdom ("I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds" (John 12:24).

The reason we use the term "MultipyNaz," is because the Church of the Nazarene is a movement of God through the people of God who are committed to multiply. We are a movement with a focus on outsiders. We are a movement that challenges people to be sanctified, and local churches to be sanctified as well. When churches are sanctified, they see beyond themselves and their own setting. While they serve the Kingdom locally, they see the vision of Jesus globally, to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19).   

Through the united vision of these local churches, the Church of the Nazarene has been able to expand internationally at an exponential rate. From modest beginnings in 1908, today the church has multiplied into 160+ countries of the world. This includes a number of countries where the church operates underground and leaders share the gospel at great personal risk. Weekly, in the Church of the Nazarene, we start 27 new churches. Weekly, we have 2,872 new people join the Church. Nazarene churches have been multiplying at this rate  every week  for the last 10 years! 

We welcome you to this movement of God through the people of God. We have no doubt that the day will soon come when 3,000 people will join the Church of the Nazarene  every week , the same number of people who joined the church on the day of Pentecost! (Acts 2:41). 

Throughout the world, people follow Jesus and begin attending His church one by one. He knows every person inside our church by name. He knows the name of every person outside as well. According to the United Nations the global population will reach eight billion by 2024 and likely reach nine billion by 2042. While Jesus has an intimate relationship with and provides personal care and love to every member, we also believe Jesus wants to leave our "four walls" and go out looking for the lost, looking for "outsiders" until He finds them (Luke 15:4-7). He already knows their name, he knows where they live (Acts 17:26), and he wants to introduce us to them!  When Jesus meets them, He welcomes these outsiders with open arms, just like he would a lost son who has been found by His father (Luke 15:17-32). He brings them home and then he throws a party! This is the agenda of Jesus - and because it is His agenda, we have made it our agenda as well.  

We are unashamedly a church designed for outsiders. We believe Jesus came to earth for outsiders. "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son" (John 3:16). The promise to Abraham was that "all people on earth would be blessed through him" (Genesis 12:3).  The pro phets  regularly reminded the Jewish people that  God's plan of salvation included outsiders (Jonah 4:11), and that plan involved  the whole world (Isaiah 44:22). During his earthly ministry Jesus regularly affirmed that "He came to seek and to save the lost" (Luke19:10). The religious people of Jesus' day were called Pharisees. They were supposed to teach God's law to the people.  

The tax collectors and sinners were not welcomed by the Pharisees. When Jesus gathered all these "outsiders" around Him (Luke 15:1), building relationships with them and eating in their homes (Matthew 9:9-13), the religious people complained, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them" (Luke 15:2). Jesus did not focus his agenda on these religious people. In fact, most of the harsh things Jesus had to say was to them. The agenda of Jesus was always "the outsiders."
 
If you are reading this, you were once an outsider to the church. Even the Apostle Paul was an outsider. We all were once outsiders. Here is the good news! "But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far away [outsiders], have been brought near through the blood of Christ...He himself is our peace...He has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall...He came and preached peace to you who were far away...Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household...In Him, you are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit" (Ephesians 2:13-22). Now you are part of the movement of God through the people of God. Welcome to the Church!  
 
Thank you for your prayers as I write this summer. Pray that this will continue to be a fruitful time. The above paragraphs are part of the introduction to " MultiplyNaz - Fueling the Nazarene Movement with Love ." Your prayer support means the world to me. Thanks for being Christ in Action. Great days ahead - you are loved.





Dr. Larry McKain, Superintendent
Chicago Central District
Church of the Nazarene

PASTORAL INSTALLATION
You're invited!! Please join Community Cup Church on Sunday to celebrate their pastoral transition! They are sending their very own pastors back to the mission field (see below) and installing Pastor Mario and Makenzie as the lead pastor. 
Whether you normally attend or not, you're invited to join their evening of celebration and an international themed family dinner to follow. Community Cup is located at 148 N. Harrison Ave., Kankakee. 

ANDERSONS MOVING TO TEXAS

Revs. Phil and Denise Anderson, have accepted the call to be Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center (CNMC) Directors, in Cactus Texas. Currently they are serving on the Chicago Central District at Community Cup Church of the Nazarene. 

While on a college visit to Olivet Nazarene University with his son, the Lord directed CNMC Board Cha ir, Rev. Dr. Larry Dunlap, to have a conversation with the Andersons. He had no idea the conversation would turn to the needs of Cactus, and the search for directors. It became evident from the first conversation that God was orchestrating the meeting and leading this new partnership.

The center ministers to refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants in a small town in the pan-handle of Texas (not the border, as many assume). The main people groups are Hispanic, African and from Southeast Asia. The Andersons served in all of these world areas for over a decade before coming to the CCD. 

After spending a week in Cactus in late April with the Board Chair and Cactus Nazarene Ministry staff, Phil was overcome with a love for the community and an excitement for the possibilities of new areas of service and witness to the beautiful people of Cactus.

Please be in prayer for the Andersons and Cactus Nazarene Ministries, as they transition on July 1, 2019. Denise will return to Olivet for the fall semester, and the Andersons will be fully transitioned to Cactus by January 6, 2020, although Denise will continue to serve as CCD's Deputation Coordinator amid the other transition. Also pray for Pastors Mario and Makenzie Flores as they will continue in ministry as Lead and Associate Pastors of Community Cup here in Kankakee. 

Phil and Denise are available to speak in any churches on the district to share what the Lord is doing in Cactus, TX.

MONGOLIAN YOUTH CAMP

The Mongolian Youth Camp brought together 210 people from across the United States with Mongolian roots. Dr. McKain was the opening keynote speaker. The camp was held at Indian Lake in Michigan.

EVERYONE CARES CAMP

There are a few openings for campers at Everyone Cares Camp. Please register online TODAY if you have a camper with special needs who would like to attend. Click here to register

The camp is also in need of donations of a variety of items. Donations of pretzels, goldfish crackers, animal crackers and cheese sandwich crackers can be dropped off at the district office. Additionally, the camp has an Amazon wish list with some items they need. If you would like to donate, please visit this link

Please be in prayer for Everyone Cares Camp - this is a long-standing tradition on the Chicago Central District that ministers to so many each year. 

GATHERING POINT ADDITION

Congratulations to Gathering Point on their recent Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the completion of their new addition for increased ministry opportunity in Kankakee County!

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Ministry to children
Ministry to teens
DAN BOHI MINISTRIES

Dan Bohi Ministries will be in several churches on the district in just a couple of weeks. The mission of the ministry is to awaken the church of Jesus Christ to the power, purity, and freedom of the Spirit-Filled life, found, realized, experienced and exhibited in the lives of believers in the Book of Acts. If you're able, please make plans to come!

Sunday, July 14 (6:00p) - Kankakee First (1000 N Entrance, Kankakee, IL 60901)
Monday, July 15 (6:30p) - Potomac (206 E State St, Potomac, IL 61865)
Tuesday, July 16 (6:30p) - Danville Southside (1629 King St, Tilton, IL 61833)
Wednesday, July 17 - OFF
Thursday, July 18 (6:00p) - Kankakee First (1000 N Entrance, Kankakee, IL 60901)
Friday, July 19 (7:30p) - Mount Prospect International (1501 S Linneman Rd, Mount Prospect, IL 60056)
MISSIONARY AVAILABLE

Simon Jothi, Principal of South Asia Nazarene Bible College will be in the area and is interested in speaking in churches anytime from 11-14 July. Please reach out to him at  sanbceducation@gmail.com to set up a service at your church. 

There are several other missionaries planning trips to the Chicago Central District in the upcoming months. Please view the schedule here for more information on scheduling a missionary at your church. 

GIVING HOPE PASTOR-BOARD REVIEW

We're so thankful for Pastor Jennifer Jensen and the good work that Giving Hope is doing in Momence. Pastor Jennifer received a unanimous vote of affirmation from the board at a review this week. 

Thank you, Pastor Jennifer, for the creative way you are leading the church forward and modeling servant leadership in both the church and community!
FREE COURSE

Nazarene Bible College is offering a free course to everyone who receives a local license from their church board! This offer is valid for anyone who has a local or district license, has never received a free course from NBC and is not currently an NBC student. 

You can find more information about how to take advantage of this offer here. NBC is pleased to be able to collaborate with districts to prepare adults to evangelize, disciple and minister to the world! 
THEOLOGICAL LEADERSHIP C ONFERENCE

The Olivet Nazarene University Theological Leadership Conference  features a keynote speaker and time devoted to special presentations, breakout discussion groups and conversation. This year's event is September 5-7 and features  speaker  N.T. Wright. The theme is Presence and Promise: The Challenge of the Temple. 

Early bird registration is $79 through June 30. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at this link

UPCOMING DATES

Mark your calendar!
  • July 10 - 14 | Nazarene Youth Conference, Phoenix, Arizona
  • July 11 - 14 | Kids Camp, ONU
  • July 20 - 25 | Everyone Cares Camp, Dickson Valley Campground
  • October 11 - 13 | Preteen Mission Trip 
  • Saturday, November 2 | Cultivate at Kankakee First
  • Saturday, November 16 | Children's Bible Quiz, Location TBA
  • Saturday, January 4, 2020 | South/Southwest Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 | North/Northwest Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 | Central Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020 | Southern Mission Area Leader Breakfast
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Chicago Mission Area Leader Breakfast 
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Manteno
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Kankakee First
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 | NMI Convention
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Kankakee Westbrook 
  • April 17 - 18, 2020 | District Assembly
PRAYER REQUESTS AND CELEBRATIONS

Join us in prayer for Pastor Don and Kim Harrison at our Limestone church. Kim's mom, Janice Huwe, passed away on Friday, June 21. We are thinking of their family as their grieve this loss. 

Please continue to pray for Robyn Luttrell, especially for guidance in treatment for ongoing seizures.

We would love to hear any prayer requests or celebrations from our district pastors to include in our weekly communications. Please email us so we can lift each other up!
UPCOMING LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY EVENTS
   
July
 
 
August
 
 
September
Mon, Sept 9 - Joliet Crystal Lawns   6:30 - 8:15 pm
Sun., Sept. 15 - Oak Lawn First - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
 
 
October
 
 
 
November
Sun., Nov. 3 - Oak Lawn First  6:00 - 8:00 pm
Mon, Nov 11 - Joliet Crystal Lawns   6:30 - 8:15 pm
 
 
December


Please send us dates for your upcoming 2019 Leadership Community gatherings - we would like to promote those in our newsletter! 


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