Church Planters

Igniting Faith, Community, and Mission in Illinois

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“Our vision is to see the community radically transformed by the love of Jesus Christ, and our mission is to ignite faith, community, and mission in the hearts of broken people like us,” said Levi Hart, lead pastor of Ignite Church, in Br

Missionary Spotlight Update: Mike Rhodes*

Hmong woman

“My entire team is made up [of] Hmong refugees,” said Mike Rhodes*, a church planter with his wife and 4 children in East Asia. All the people on his team left Laos as children. They lived in a refugee camp in Thailand. Later, they settled and received their education in the United States.

What a Simple Invite Can Do

Melissa's baptism at Connect Church

“The 2 of us ‘parachuted’ into the city with no team and no relationships,” Dan Sweaza shared. “We were truly starting from ground zero.”

Persistent in Reaching South Carolina Families

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Brandon Clements has been a part of Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, South Carolina, since its early days. During his junior year at Anderson University in 2006, he accepted the opportunity to serve as an intern at Midtown Fellowship.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Barry and Amy Rager

Rager family

Barry and Amy Rager, church planters at New Circle Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, give praise that their worship center has now been purchased by the church, and they are beginning the process of making needed repairs. 

Canadian Church Plant Grows from a Family Room to 6 Acres

baptism at The Gathering

From a family room to a golf course, a warehouse, and now a former Knights of Columbus building, The Gathering has outgrown every space it’s occupied.

Spiritual Change Can Start at Home

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Seven years ago, Adam and Paige Madden moved to the Salt Lake City metro after growing up and serving churches in the Midwest. It was a definite change in scenery.

Share Who You Are by What You Share

sharing over coffee

When people ask you to share a little about yourself, are you inclined to begin by describing the different hats you wear: mentor, mother, teacher, or the like? Some titles indicate relationships we have formed, while others describe a status.

To Refugees, with Love

refugee children registering for school

It looked like a normal apartment complex in the western part of Las Vegas, Nevada. Vickie McDaniel and her husband, Eric, went to check it out, but they weren’t interested in the actual facilities . . .

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