About the Great Lakes District
The Great Lakes District of the EFCA exists to glorify God by multiplying transformational churches among all people throughout our sphere of responsibility (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Western Ohio and Northern Kentucky).
Applying the parable of the talents (Matthew 25), "Double Vision,” emphasizes faithfulness and fruitfulness. It means prayer and preaching, church planting and health, inward care and outward focus, evangelism and edification, Jerusalem and Samaria as we pray, preach Christ, partner, and plant together, trusting God to double the GLD from 50,000 to 100,000 people.
We value biblical orthodoxy, authentic discipleship, spiritual health in our pastors, spiritual health in our churches, reproducing churches, networks of interdependent relationships and kingdom partnerships.
Our Church Planting Philosophy
The EFCA exists to glorify God by multiplying transformational churches among all people. Glorifying God through church planting is central to the identity of the EFCA. We have a vision of multiplication - the desire to see our healthy churches actively and purposely engaged in church planting. We believe that a committment to church planting is biblically mandated. We believe that a committment to church planting is evangelistically effective. We count it a great joy to come alongside our churches and church planters in this very important work that God has given to us.
1. Residency for 12 months at LifeSpring Community Church, in Spring Grove, Illinois. Be equipped and sent out to plant a new church by church planting pastor, Cabot Ashwill. Cabot received the EFCA's 2011 Church Planter of the Year award.
2. A church planting residency for 21 months with the Orchard Network in Arlington Heights, Illinois. The Orchard Network exists to grow gospel leaders and churches by recruiting, equipping and deploying next generation pastors, planters and missionaries.
3. A nine-month church planting residency with Reach Northwest Suburbs - an EFCA church multiplication network comprised of the following churches: Village Church of Barrington, Our Savior, LifeSpring Community Church, and the Bridge. These churches are partnering together with a vision to plant many churches in the surrounding area.
4. A church planting residency with Restore Church in Detroit, Michigan. Join church planting pastor Mike Hanafee to learn how to plant a church in the urban core using missional communities and Sunday morning gatherings.