A church is a people, not a building. Yet it is extremely helpful for a church to have a permanent space to gather in for fellowship, worship, and discipleship. A church building provides a great platform from which to proclaim the Good News, not only on Sundays, but throughout the week. And it speaks to everyone that the church is committed to its neighborhood for the long-haul.

It is especially hard to find such spaces in the center of the city. After a couple years of prayerful searching, God has given us a strategic opportunity to buy the building we have been renting (a 3,000 sq. ft. storefront) PLUS the building next door (a 3-story apartment building). This will allow us to secure a place in our rapidly changing neighborhood so that we can continue to do the ministry Christ has called us to. For less than the average monthly price of renting a public school auditorium just on Sunday mornings, we can have this building 24/7 and continue to house 3 churches with all kinds of added ministry flexibility! We are currently under contract and planning to close in late June.

The buildings will require some work, though. There are much needed improvements that we will now have the ability to do as owners. We want to give the building a new, attractive façade and better entrances and exits. We also would like to connect the two structures and make the first floor of the apartment building into a lobby, conference room, office, and kitchen. This would significantly improve the usability of the space and make it a more welcoming environment.

This is all exciting and scary. We will be spending every cent of our savings as a down payment to buy the properties and so we are looking to fundraise $175,000 in order to ensure continued cash flow and pay for remodeling. We know that there are hundreds of people now scattered around the world that have been impacted by the ministry here and so we are asking friends, family, and former members to pray for this project and consider giving a generous financial contribution to help it succeed.

Our vision is to be a long-term, stable gospel witness in the great city of Chicago that starts other churches in other parts of the city. We really believe that owning and renovating this space will set us up well for the future so we can continue doing this important work.

$175,000 is just 175 people giving $1,000. But of course anything you can give will be a huge investment in the kingdom!

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