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Our Mission: "Multiplying Leaders, Ministries and Healthy Churches"
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SPENDING TIME WITH JESUS CHANGES US
"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13)
 
What was the "spirit" that fueled the early church? Where did they get their spiritual power? Luke explains, "When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13). Spending time with Jesus taught them they needed more faith! They needed more time listening to the Heavenly Father. As they watched Jesus operate, they saw the power that flowed into his life from God as He practiced believing prayer. 
 
He is our example! Our mission is to make Christ-like disciples that follow Him. We pursue his heart, seek to be filled with His Spirit, read His Word, search for His agenda and come together with other like-minded believers. His agenda begins to create agenda harmony as we pray. We long for no other agenda except His! There is nothing in the world like the Spirit of Jesus coming among a church that practices believing prayer!  
 
Believing prayer changes the climate of a church. Believing prayer brings the presence of God into the midst of His people. "Divine power always follows divine presence. The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is filled with stories of how prayer brings God's power. Jesus promised His disciples that power would be the first fruit of our waiting and praying for the Holy Spirit" (Acts 1:4,8). The practice of believing prayer looks different in different churches. In larger churches this kind of prayer may happen among leaders and is then spread throughout the church in small groups. In smaller churches it can be a corporate prayer gathering with everyone in the church. Some larger churches also follow this approach.  
 
Whatever the process a church uses, gaining agenda harmony with Jesus through believing prayer lies at the heart of all healthy churches. This is not our church, it belongs to Jesus. He is the Head of it. His agenda must run it. We seek His agenda and what He wants through prayer. Later in the MULTIPLYNAZ series, we will talk about how prayer is the engine room of the church and how believing prayer creates the climate for renewal so important to the revitalizing of the church. Churches that build spiritual momentum understand that everything begins with believing prayer.

The above paragraphs are part of a chapter entitled, "Building A Contagious Church Culture." Thank you for your prayers as we write this summer. Pray that this will continue to be a fruitful time. Thanks to each of youfor being Christ in Action. Great days are ahead - you are loved.





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

NAZARENE YOUTH CONFERENCE

Last week, 193 students and adult sponsors from across the Chicago Central District traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, to participate in Nazarene Youth Conference 2019. Alongside over 8,800 participants, they embraced the theme to Love God, Love Others, Love Lived. Taking place every four years, NYC featured seven worship services where students were challenged to embrace a life of holiness, to see everyone around them through a lens of love, and to be radically inclusive.  

CCD participants also partnered with  Because International for a service project where we explored issues of empathy and compassion. Space was created at various points throughout the event for students and sponsors to debrief their experiences and to encourage one another to "live love" in their own communities. Thank you for your prayerful support and the generous giving that made this trip possible.
KIDS CAMP

CCD Kids Camp 2019 was a fantastic week! Many thanks to the amazing volunteers who served the 107 campers throughout the week. The campers learned how to be secret agents for Jesus in their daily lives. 

Many campers made a decision for Jesus during camp, including several first time salvations. We thank God for the ways He worked throughout camp! 

UPCOMING DATES

Mark your calendar!
  • 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

Please be in prayer for Pastor Bill Wiggins from our Danville Cedar Grove church.  He had stroke-like symptoms at the close of morning worship last Sunday. He was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville and is undergoing treatment. 

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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