Friday, December 29, 2006

Lake County Network of Congregations

When the story of the Church of Lake County is told in the annals of time, 2006 will be described as a dramatic year! The vision of revival and spiritual awakening, owned by a few revolutionary pastors at the beginning of 2006, began to spread across Lake County in tangible ways.

- ShareFest grew to nearly 40 churches putting more than 10,000 volunteers serving our communities in the name of Jesus beyond the walls of our congregations.

- Hundreds of people are coming together in corporate prayer across denominational, cultural, economic, and geographical barriers through When We Pray quarterly concerts of prayer.

- We have 29 Catalyst churches; 20 have committed to financially support Catalyst from their annual budgets in the next year. (You can make church or individual contributions to Catalyst, 1200 American Way, Libertyville, IL. 60048. Individual contributions are tax-deductible.)

- Church leaders began to meet locally in our 10 Lake County Districts to forge relationships of trust, to take hills together locally, and prayerfully depend upon God together.

- Numerous local initiatives are emerging to renew the hearts of God’s people, reposition local congregations to run with God, restore the reputation of Christ, and reconcile people to God across Lake County in 2007.

- Over 300 people representing 70+ churches attended the Catalyst Forum ’06 in November. John Perkins’ words inspired and encouraged us forward in the dream that he never thought he would see in his lifetime.

Because the work of Catalyst has grown so dramatically this past year, I am delighted to announce that Bill Yaccino will be joining the Catalyst team as Executive Director January 1, 2007. I will continue to give the overall leadership of Catalyst as the Senior Director.

Bill comes as a seasoned pastor and veteran in church collaboration movements. Before joining Willow Creek as an Area Pastor three years ago, Bill was involved in the Fresno One By One leadership movement in Fresno, California. Fresno was an early pioneer and continues to be a model for community transformation through church collaboration.

Originally from Chicagoland, a graduate of Purdue University with Masters Degrees from Creighton University and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, a former Air Force officer, a social entrepreneur, husband and father—I am delighted to have Bill join me in this great work of God in Lake County.

2007 is going to be a dynamic year as we fan the spark of spiritual revolution that was ignited in 2006!

Text Box:

Hand me another match,


Senior Director, Catalyst

“This Message of salvation spread like wildfire all through the region.” Acts 13:49 (The Message)

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