Nearly 400 of us gathered "around the bonfire" two weeks ago at our fourth annual Catalyst Forum at Trinity University in Deerfield. It was an incredible time to "warm our hands", cast vision for unity, and tell stories of God's goodness as we take steps together. [Listen to the Audio] 72 churches, 51 senior pastors, over 200 church staff, and dozens of local community leaders gathered with the common understanding that we can do so much more together than we can do individually. [Online Photo Album]
As we approach the close of 2007, I urge you to prayerfully consider how you and/or your church can actively partner with fellow "revolutionaries" in 2008. Strategically decide right now to be a part of one or more Catalyst initiatives - not merely as "add on" events to your churches calendar, but focused efforts that help you move with God as He moves us.
Here are several key ways to do that:
- Attend your District Gathering this week
- Bring your whole staff and leadership team to pray with and for the county at the January When We Pray Gathering in Lake Zurich. WWP is our corporate time of dependence on God.
- Decide now to be a ShareFest 2008 church - email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mark your calendar for February 15th when Pastor James Meeks from Salem Baptist Church in Chicago will be with us at our next Catalyst All-County "Bonfire" Gathering.
One additional request would be for you to prayerfully consider becoming financial partners with us. We long to become more helpful to churches in our community and your gift(s) will be used to brag on God's goodness through the Church of Northern Chicagoland!
Bill Yaccino, Executive Director, Catalyst
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