5 years ago today Jeanne and I hosted a party in Atlanta that launched a church in Chicago.
5 years ago today Soul City Church was born out of the faith and prayer and sacrifice of an amazing group of people in our living room in Atlanta…most of whom have never even seen our Church.
5 years ago today Soul City Church was an idea.
5 years ago today we had no idea that amazing people like Amy Lawlor, Kurt and Katie Duggleby, Chris and Lizzie Wheat, Dave and Jamie Van Dixhorn, Bethany Searles, and more would quit their jobs and move their lives to serve and build and lead and be available to what God was doing at Soul City Church.
5 years ago today we had no idea the number of people from Chicago who would put this church on their back and pray and serve and give this vision into reality.
5 years ago today we launched SoulCityChurch.com.
5 years ago today we had no idea that our Church would be more than a website and that we would own a building in the middle of one of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods – the West Loop.
5 years ago today we could not have imagined the number of people that would enter into a transforming relationship with Jesus because of this movement.
5 years ago today we could not have foreseen how God would radically transform our relationship with Him and grow us through this great faith adventure.
5 years ago today we had no idea how starting a church would shape our children’s faith and how much they would know and love and follow God in such a real way.
5 years ago today we had no idea what words like Faith, Dependence, Sacrifice, and Courage really meant.
5 years ago today we had no idea how much better…and harder it is to be the Church better 7 days a week rather than just 1.
5 years ago today we had no idea how many people would discover their Spiritual Gifts, their Calling, their Spouses, the joy of Giving, the honor of Serving, and the depths of God’s love for them because of the work of this church.
5 years ago today we had no idea of the heartache and heartbreak that comes with staring and leading a Church.
5 years ago today we gave away our very first world famous Soul City Church Coffee Mugs.
5 years ago today we had no idea how long we could live without paychecks…and how faithful and good God is.
5 years ago today we had no idea of the depth of diversity and the power of equality that would quietly define our church.
5 years ago today we didn’t even know the people that would become some of our deepest and dearest friends.
5 years ago today our lives changed in deep and profound ways, the depths of which we may not ever know until we have the perspective of Heaven.
Thank you God for these last 5 years. Thank you for your Faithfulness. Thank you that your Greatness is Good and and your Goodness is Great. Thank you for how you have Protected and Provided for our family. Thank you God for this city that you love and the people that you have entrusted to us. Thank you for Soul City Church. It is yours. You are it’s Lead Pastor. This is YOUR story. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it all. We can’t wait to see what you do in the next 5 years!
photo cred: Carlos Enrique Whittaker Guzman Archibold Cabbio