By Campus Pastor Chris Gerwig

Welcome to 2020! The new year is here. And for us at Grace Pointe, so is a new campus!

That’s big. It’s new. Very new.

And so the idea of expectancy and hope for what is new has been particularly fresh for me this year as we start a new campus in Geneva.

The adage goes: “new is always better,” but often times it doesn’t feel that way. It can be exciting, fun, stretching, and sure it can be better; but it can also be scary, uncertain, confusing, or just outright hard. And truthfully I have experienced all of those emotions, the pure unbridled excitement and hopeful expectancy of what is to come, as well as the sheer terror of “Wait…did I actually just move half-way across the country to start something new?!” But following Jesus is always worth it, even if it means diving headlong into the uncomfortable and the new.

Psalm 127 says that “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain,” and in Matthew 16 we see Jesus declare “I will build my church.” What good news! There is so much hope and expectancy for us in that we do not labor in vain, for Jesus is building His church. These verses have been a beautiful reminder as we pioneer a new campus and it gives us courage as we boldly declare His gospel to those around us.

With that said, I want to quickly share a brief update of what is happening and how you can partner with us.

These first few months have been all about relationships, establishing roots in the community, and figuring out the best place to get a cup of coffee. Being new to the area means meeting a lot of new people; whether it is striking up a conversation with someone in line at the grocery store, meeting the neighbors, signing up to play soccer at the local indoor sports complex, or meeting friends of a friend of a friend for a meal. Relationships are so important, because at the end of the day we are here for people. To genuinely know them and love them, to do life alongside them and point them to Jesus as we follow Him. And so I love these people. I love my community. And I would tell anybody that this is the place to be.

We have also begun planning for our public launch in the spring! Looking at venues, creating a plan to effectively reach the Tri-Cities, start small groups, and begin meeting as a campus. As we pray and plan for this spring continue to keep an eye out on our website and social media for what’s coming! In the meantime there are three ways you can partner with us!

Pray- Thank you so much for all the prayer already but we can always use more! We ask you would you agree to pray with us each Sunday that God would move in our community. Each Sunday evening at 7pm we commit to pray for our community, our neighbors, friends, and co-workers that they would encounter Jesus and step into a relationship with Him. If we know it is Jesus who builds His Church, we want to commit to boldly asking Him to do it; to bring people in and use us to share hope with them. So if you feel stirred to commit to this prayer time, let us know by shooting us a quick email; it means the world to us! (cgerwig@gpmail.church)

Engage- As a pastor, one of my hopes is for you to be engaged and active in your local church and congregation: whether that is in Naperville, Plainfield, Geneva, or somewhere else. To use your gifts to serve others, to truly sink into that community of faith, and to invite others in. We are in our first year of Facing Out and focusing on Living Sent. So with that in mind, join us in actively seeking to live on mission this year!