I remember it as clear as day. A summer after work, I pulled around the usual corner to my block to find it blocked off with fire trucks and ambulances. Fear grips my heart as I begin to wonder if they are there at MY house on St. John St. I parked my car on the side street and walked closer to my house, my heart rests finding that they aren’t there for my loved ones. However, they are pulling away with a neighbor in the back of an ambulance. Her husband stands outside on the doorsteps of their home in tears, on his knees, hands in his face sobbing. My other neighbor comes over to me to explain what happened. Turned out our neighbor had locked herself in her garage, turned on the ignition and decided to commit suicide. She left her husband and three kids.

This happened in my neighborhood. My city. I sat on my steps in shock. Especially seeing that my wife and I had just stopped over a few weeks before to bring over some treats. In our conversation she explained she was having some medical issues and we prayed for her healing. I don’t know why she chose to take her life that day, but I do know that my passion and resolve has been to do what we can to offer a beacon of hope to our community going forward.

No one should feel that life isn’t worth living anymore. No one in my city should feel that life would be better without them. People need to know that God loves them, has a plan for their life and created them with purpose. They need to know that, through Christ, God offers forgiveness for their habits, sin and hangups.

Our purpose in starting Elgin City Church is not because we think we can do “church” better. It’s not to offer existing Christians a great menu of ministries for them to sit and get fat from. No, our purpose is to destroy the works of the devil and to offer eternal life to those that don’t know God. Its to offer hope to the hopeless, those struggling in darkness. To bring light to our city. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a group of people that want to see a fresh expression of church in Elgin? To develop, build and export a culture of Kingdom the way it was meant to be. I know I do! Who wants to go with us?

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