The church has always had a presence in our community and should play a vibrant role in our cities culture. Sadly, based on research, the church seems to be in decline in America. In a 2002 survey of 1,159 U.S. churches, Thomas Rainer, a well known church researcher, found that only 6% of the churches were growing — he defines growth as not only increasing in attendance, but also increasing at a pace faster than its community’s population growth rate. “Stated inversely, 94% of our churches are losing ground in the communities they serve,” he says.”
There is a new story being written in the Elgin area. There is a spectacular religious history in our city and we seek to revive our faith community and reach people with the love of Jesus. Within this story is a chapter called Elgin City Church and it begins with a dream:
We hope that our presence strengthens the ministry of other churches around us as we seek to call all people to the Good News of Jesus.