Today we are celebrating a "first time ever" in the life of Community! This is the first time ever we have opened two locations on the same weekend. I could not be more excited! Today we will be celebrating the grand opening of two new Community locations. Why? The Bible gives us this model and research tells us that new churches and campuses are the best and most efficient way to help people find their way back to God. I am praying and asking God to do amazing things at both these grand openings. So that you can join me in that prayer, let me tell you little about these new Community sites and their campus pastors:
The Lemont Campus is a dream come true for a group of committed Christ-followers from that area. So when Dave Richa (former Community StuCo Director) heard of this opportunity to be the campus pastor and help people find their way back to God in Lemont, he could not pass it up. Thank you to the Romeoville Campus for sending Dave and so many other families to Lemont. Dave and his team have been working hard rehabilitating a facility at 102 Stephen Street in downtown Lemont, building their team and getting the word out on this new campus. God is going to do great things through Dave and this committed group of Christ followers!
The Lincoln Square Campus in Chicago is the first of three new Community sites in the city. Many individuals and families have relocated from the suburbs to Chicago to help make this campus a reality. Tammy Melchien, who has been a senior leader in many positions at Community will serve as the Campus Pastor. Tammy and her team have been busy preparing the Chappell Elementary School for the many new people who will come to church for the first time, building their launch team, praying and putting out door hangers to let the people know Community is ready to launch in Lincoln Square. God is already at work here and I'm excited to see what happens this weeks, months and years to come.