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Our Mission: "Multiplying Leaders, Ministries and Healthy Churches"
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A NEW MOVEMENT IS COMING
"So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet - a vast army." (Ezekiel 37:10)
 
We hear the sounds of a new movement coming! The sounds are not that of congregations that continue to "do church" as they have always done before. The sounds we hear are the marching of those who hear the beat of a different drum. They are the innovators, the risk-takers, the ones anxious for adventure.  
 
Many of them are new to the Church of the Nazarene. They know they are called, spiritually gifted and led by God. They include both clergy and lay leaders. They are a growing group of people within a global movement. They are a movement of servant leaders scattered in 30,000+ Nazarene churches throughout the world.  
 
The people in this movement are different from members of ordinary churches. They are mentally growing, changing, and becoming different. They are beginning to understand what is critical to the growth and long-term health of Christ's church. They believe every Nazarene church can become a healthy, multiplying church regardless of size. Like Jesus, they have a heart for outsiders. Some of them are developing a distinctive mix of spiritual gifts that God has uniquely given them, in order to multiply the entry points into Christ's Kingdom. They have a heart for evangelism, church planting, mentoring new leaders, multiplying new campuses, new churches, etc. Their thinking and actions help create the culture that fuels the Nazarene movement.  
 
Discontented with status quo and ordinary church routine, they feel the same urge as was felt in the heart of the apostle Paul. "It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation" (Romans 15:20). They focus on those outside the Kingdom. They keep encouraging their church to focus on outsiders, people beyond the "four walls" (Matthew 18:10-14) who have not yet come to faith in Christ. 
 
The above paragraphs are part of a chapter entitled, "A Great Future Together." Thank you for your prayers as we write this summer. Pray that this will continue to be a fruitful time. Thanks to each of you for being Christ in Action. Great days are ahead - you are loved.





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

ISRAEL TRIP

The Mundelein Church is leading a trip to Israel, and there are limited spaces available.  It is an 8 day trip from June 8-15, 2020, and the cost is $2,700. This cost includes everything, including airfare. If you are interested, contact Pastor Doug Ward at  dward28@sbcglobal.net , and he will email the complete itinerary and any other information you may want.  
EVERYONE CARES CAMP

Everyone Cares Camp 2019 was a fantastic time! A total of 93 campers attending over the two sessions of camp, and 65 staff members gave their time to serve as counselors, nurses, chapel helpers and more! 

God permeates every corner of this camp, and it is so easy to see Jesus in the faces of everyone present! Many thanks to the churches on our district who donated money and resources to help make this camp possible. And a huge thank you to chapel speaker, Pastor Ryan Kuehl and camp directors Jeremy Driscoll and Sara Christensen. They, along with the rest of the staff, help to make sure every camper has a wonderful time and is able to experience God's love through Everyone Cares Camp! 

Mark your calendar for Everyone Cares Camp 2020: July 25 - 30. 

UPCOMING DATES

Mark your calendar!
  • October 11 - 13 | Preteen Mission Trip 
  • Thursday, September 5 | Pastors on Purpose and District Mission Strategy Team
  • Thursday, October 3 | Pastors on Purpose and District Mission Strategy Team
  • Saturday, November 2 | Cultivate at Kankakee First
  • Thursday, November 7 | Pastors on Purpose and District Mission Strategy Team
  • November 15-16 | Ministerial Self-Discovery Weekend
  • Saturday, November 16 | Children's Bible Quiz, Location TBA
  • Thursday, December 5 | Pastors on Purpose and District Mission Strategy Team
  • Thursday, January 2 | Pastors on Purpose and District Mission Strategy Team
  • 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
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020 | Pastors on Purpose and District Mission Strategy Team
  • 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
  • Thursday, March 5 | Pastors on Purpose and District Mission Strategy Team
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Kankakee First
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 | NMI Convention
  • Thursday, April 2 | Pastors on Purpose and District Mission Strategy Team
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 | Children's Bible Quiz, Kankakee Westbrook 
  • April 17 - 18, 2020 | District Assembly
  • Thursday, May 7 | Pastors on Purpose and District Mission Strategy Team
PRAYER REQUESTS AND CELEBRATIONS

Please continue to pray for Pastor Bill Wiggins from our Danville Cedar Grove Church. He continues to recover - please pray that he continues to gain strength throughout his recovery. 

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
   
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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