The Missions Team of the Catawba River Baptist Association would like to invite you to pray with us about the possibility of partnering with Chicago area churches to help them build the kingdom in this strategic city. At our annual meeting at Amherst Baptist Church we presented a flier of information about the Chicago area and the needs of our churches there. You can download it here and get more information if you didn’t get one of the fliers.

Chicagoland area partnership possibility

We plan to take a vision trip next Spring. What is a vision trip? A group of leaders from area churches interested in learning more about partnering with the Chicago Land area churches travel to the city and meet with leaders there. Dennis Conner, a North Carolinian, is our North American Mission Board appointed church planting strategist living in Chicago. He’s working with us and will meet with us to show us the needs of the fledgling work there in the field. If you’re interested, please contact Kevin Purcell, Mission Team Leader, for more information.

As the flier says, Chicago is the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the United States. It holds about 70% of the Illinois population. The city also holds the 2nd largest Polish and Serbian population in the world. It’s home to a very large Jewish population as well.

Ministry needs include:

  • outreach
  • evangelism
  • block parties
  • passing out information for local churches
  • servant evangelism projects
    • cleaning up a school
    • cleaning up a park near a church’s field of influence
  • light construction work
    • dry wall
    • building walls
    • painting
    • repair.

The teams that go to Chicago, if we choose to enter into this partnership next year, will find affordable housing easily. The trip to Chicago will take about 11 hours of driving time, so teams could travel there in one day or break it up into two days of driving with a stop over in Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN or Cincinnati, OH.

The North American Mission Board selected Chicago as one of their Send cities. What does that mean? Watch the video above to learn more about it.