Immanuel was a church plant at one time and has planted one church from its own already (it didn’t make it). And now we get to be a part of the planting of two churches – Pilsen Community Church which launched last fall on 18th Street and Church of the Beloved which launches tonight at 4:00 PM at The Meeting Place. Please pray for these fledgling churches that they would be strengthened in the gospel and used to reach the lost and renew the found.

On April 23, 1865, Charles Spurgeon said to his congregation at the Metropolitan Tabernacle:

We have never sought to hinder the uprising of other Churches from our midst or in our neighborhood. It is with cheerfulness that we dismiss our twelves, our twenties, our fifties, to form other Churches. We encourage our members to leave us to found other Churches; nay, we seek to persuade them to do it. We ask them to scatter throughout the land to become the goodly seed which God shall bless. I believe that so long as we do this we shall prosper. I have marked other Churches that have adopted the other way, and they have not succeeded.

C.H. Spurgeon, The Waterer Watered

Spurgeon didn’t just say this. While pastoring the Metropolitan Tabernacle, and seeing tremendous growth, he played a vital role in the planting of over 200 churches in and around London. What a beautiful example of Kingdom mindedness, missional focus, and gospel passion. May God grant that we could do the same thing here in Chicago, and from here to the nations!