Changes in Chicago

We, as humans, always resist change for some reason. Maybe the reason behind it is our desire for security or maybe it is our fear of losing something. Whatever the case may be, change is a vital part to growth – period.

God has been truly faithful to the church plant on the Northwestern University campus. Even though we are not even a year old, we have seen the hand of God in bringing transformation in the lives of people. We are just humbled and amazed knowing that we did not deserve any of it.

Now with our one year anniversary slowly approaching, God has set us on a new course for this coming year. There are a few changes that will occur.

First of all, starting in September we will change our Sunday Celebration to 11AM instead of our 5:05PM. Several reasons led us to this change:

1) It will allow us to reach out to a boarder group of people who found it hard to meet on Sunday evenings. Contextually, NU students want to use Sunday evenings to study and having our church gathering at that time made it difficult for some members to invite their friends to church.

2) It will allow us to consolidate some of our meetings to one day. Since many people are busy and their schedules are filled, it was hard to get people to come out to some church gathering several times a week. Therefore, by having the Sunday Celebration earlier, we will be able to have other meetings after the service.

3) It will allow us to have more opportunities for outreach events. We were thinking that after church, there will be great opportunities for us to go out to eat lunch together and even have events that will be effective in building community.

Secondly, we will be changing our meeting location from Evanston Bible Fellowship to a conference hall in Hotel Orrington. This new meeting place is not only close to campus but it is a nicer facility.

We are praying that with the changes that we will see a greater growth this coming year. God is already preparing the harvest field for us. We just need to be faithful in doing our part with prayer and reaping the harvest for God’s glory.