Through the generosity of God’s Spirit at work in the life and heart of Christ Church, we have just made the largest single commitment in the history of any American church our size. That is just awe-inspiring!
In addition to reaching our primary Take Root goal of rooting our lives more deeply in Christ for the sake of others, we have committed more than $40,691,539.05 over the next two years to:
- Establishing two new branches of Christ Church out in the communities around us
- Investing more deeply along the Roosevelt Road corridor and other local mission partners
- Helping with community development and evangelism in Africa
- Expanding the number of seats for people to come and join us for worship and fellowship
- Recovering the use of our fellowship hall
- Expanding accessibility for people with mobility challenges
- And so much more!
Dear Church Family,
Over the past fifty years, Christ Church has experienced a handful of “defining moments” that have shaped our future.
In 1967, Christ Church was a small congregation, meeting in a gym, facing all the financial pressures new churches do. However, in May of that year, those founders chose to hold a “Missions Emphasis Day.” The $918 they committed that morning set the church on a course that has since sown more than $31 million of help and hope into mission fields around the corner and world.
In 1968, a core group of 82 households made sacrificial commitments of generosity to build the first phase of a church campus dedicated to attracting and growing more disciples. Though they were a congregation of only 400, in faith they built a sanctuary to seat 1,200. In the coming decades, God would multiply that seed to give us the campus we now enjoy, and a membership of 6,000 disciples.
All along the way, our congregation and its leaders have dared to do what it takes to keep renewing the church and reaching the next generation of disciples. That innovative spirit was evident again in 1996 when the Board of Trustees chose a successor for our founding pastor who was as young as Dr. DeKruyter was when he first began. Their leap of faith led to a second season of flourishing for Christ Church.
This passionate desire to draw more people into a life of worship, growth, and service, was particularly evident in 2009, when we launched our 2HC service. We believed that by providing the same faithful preaching in a less formal, more communal worship setting we could reach hundreds more people. That pioneering service of 300 in our student center is now filling the Fellowship Hall with more than 1,100 attendees weekly and is already outgrowing the space.
There are many more stories like this in our history—moments of courageous generosity and daring innovation motivated by faithfulness to Christ’s call.
We now stand at another defining moment, critical to the future of Christ Church. We are calling this next season of ministry TAKE ROOT. Our vision for the next season of God’s grace in and through Christ Church is not just for improvement in buildings and programs but for significant change in hearts and lives.
In the next two years at Christ Church, we seek to: ROOT our lives more deeply in Christ for the sake of others, GROW capacity on our Oak Brook campus for long-term vitality and impact, and EXTEND flourishing to thousands of others through our 2020 strategic plan.
Dan Meyer, Senior Pastor
A Vision For The Next Season of God's Grace At Work In And Through Christ Church
In the next two years we seek to:
- Root our lives more deeply in Christ for the sake of others.
- Grow capacity at our Oak Brook campus for long-term vitality and impact.
- Extend flourishing to thousands of others through our 2020 strategic plan.
Christ Church Commitment Weekend
One Evening Made a Lifetime Of Impact
It is not every day that we ask our church family to attend worship in a tent. Stranger still, we held this service during game three of the Chicago Cubs playing a home game in the World Series! Yet, more than 600 of our leaders, volunteers, and our entire church staff came together on October 28 for a very pointed purpose—to lead out in their commitment to Take Root. If you were here, you felt God’s vision moving in and through each of us as we worshiped together, heard stories of transformation, and listened to a profound message from Rev. Dr. Dan Meyer.
How Will You Respond?
Now, we are asking everyone to join us in rooting ourselves even more deeply in Christ for the sake of others.As we do this, we trust we can accomplish the God-sized goals He has set before us.
WE PRAY FOR 100% PARTICIPATION AND PERSONAL ENGAGEMENT IN DISCERNING HOW GOD WOULD HAVE EACH OF US GROW IN THE SEASON AHEAD.
We are asking you to go on a spiritual journey with God and to take the biggest step of generosity that you have ever taken as we move together to fulfill His vision for Christ Church.Toward this end, won’t you join us and…
Pray Boldly that God would multiply our efforts to make disciples and extend His kingdom.
Commit Fully to helping us reach our goal of 100% participation in this defining moment of our church.
Influence Confidently others you know by engaging in conversations and getting involved in the various aspects of the TAKE ROOT initiative.
Give Generously by asking God what a sacrificial gift looks like during this season and take brave steps to see it through.