At Pathway Community Church we take Jesus’ commission in Matthew 28:18-20 seriously. As such, we are followers of Jesus, making disciples, as we go. But what exactly does this look like as we move forward together?
Since our inception in 2005, God’s vision for Pathway has been to start a regional church that will reach every lost person we can with the gospel, redeem the culture in practical ways; and reproduce disciples and churches. As Elders we’re calling this vision, R3. Here are the specifics of what R3 looks like over the next 2 years.
In order to reach as many people as possible with the gospel we envision . . .
• Continuing to equip our church body to be on mission right where we live by increasing both the number of people participating in Mission Communities by 25% and expanding the number of Missional Communities from 8 – 12.
• Identifying and relocating to a new worship gathering space that will allow us to reach more people with the gospel and better equip those who know Jesus to love and serve him more.
To redeem the culture in practical ways we envision . . .
• Continuing to partner with CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Services of DuPage so that we can serve woman who are considering an abortion to choose life, and to counsel those who have had an abortion to find forgiveness and healing.
• Using our City Centre office space as a community center to provide Biblical Counseling for individuals, marriages and families; Financial Peace University classes; as well as marriage and parenting classes.
To reproduce disciples and churches, we envision . . .
• Establishing a discipleship structure starting within the context of our Missional Communities to equip every member to make disciples who make disciples.
• Hiring a worship pastor who will help us grow as worshipers of Jesus in all aspects of life and be capable leading different styles of worship to help us grow in our diversity.
• Exploring planting at least 1 church in the Chicagoland area over the next 3 years. To do this we plan to work in cooperation with Converge MidAmerica and specifically 5 others churches to partner together to start new church.
This is where we believe the LORD is leading us. From a human perspective this is impossible. But as God’s people we do not live by sight, rather we live by faith in the LORD. And since we have a God who can do more than we ask or imagine, we believe that as we step out in faith together, we will see the LORD do great things in our midst. Will you join us as we step forward together to see R3 become a reality?