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Thank you for your interest in Advent Church. As you take some time to hear more about our mission, vision, and values, please let us know if we can answer any questions you might have, or serve you in any way.
Our Mission Field
We are planting in Chicago’s South Loop
- 43,000 people who live in South Loop.
- 150% population growth since 2000.
- 65% of households are people living alone.
- 5700 children 16 and younger.
- 68% projected growth in 16 & younger.
- 73% of adults have at least an associates degree
- Ethnic Diversity
- 57% Anglo
- 21% Asian
- 13% African-American
- 44% indicate no faith involvement
Watch Dennis Conner talk about the mission of Advent Church
- Has made Chicago home since 2014
- Planted Crosspointe, the Church at Tartesso in Buckeye, AZ
- Pastored three long-established churches in NC prior to moving to AZ in 2006
- Worked in trucking management prior to beginning vocational ministry in 1995
- Married to Cindy Conner since August 1990
- 23 years ministry experience
- Served with the North American Mission Board as a church planting catalyst in Phoenix & Chicago 2010 - 2017
- We believe God has made it possible for us to have a real, never-ending relationship with Him.
- We believe trusting in Jesus is the only way for humans to have that genuine relationship with God.
- We believe trusting in Jesus results in a change in our lives that brings a different quality of life here and now.
- We believe our changed lives result in real benefit to others around us.
- We believe our life span offers us the opportunity to grow continually to be more like Jesus.
- We believe living in spiritual community with other believers is the biblical and best way to grow in Christ-likeness.
- We believe God has given us both the opportunity and responsibility to tell others how they can have real life.
- We believe the Bible is the foundation for authentic living.
Our Core Values
The values that communicate who were are, express our convictions, and guide our decision making.
Jesus said that the world would know we were His followers because of our love for one another. He also commanded us to love God and love other people. Like Jesus, we will express our love through self-sacrifice. Our love leads us to be humble in dealing with others and draws us together in unity.
John 13:34-35; Matthew 22:37-39; 1 John 3:16; Philippians 2:1-8
The Bible teaches us that no one is perfect. We believe that being open and honest about ourselves provides the greatest opportunity for each of us to grow to be more like Jesus.
Romans 3:23; Psalm 32:1-5; James 5:16
We believe that following Jesus is a life-long adventure. We believe that the Christian journey is intended to be a growing experience. We will seek ways to help one another grow in Christ-likeness, and we will expect that maturity of one another.
Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:28-29; Hebrews 10:23-25
Jesus set the example of service. His death on the cross was the ultimate act of service. Therefore, we believe faithful followers of Jesus have a God-given impulse to serve others.
Mark 10:42-45; Galatians 5:13; Matthew 25:31-40
The Indications of Healthy Life
We will express our love for God in community by gathering weekly to worship Him through song, prayer, giving, and hearing and responding to His word. We will express our love for God individually through personal worship, Bible reading, and prayer.
Love Each Other
We will make sacrifices to care for each other. We will rejoice and weep with each other. We will consider each other more important than ourselves and demonstrate that reality.
Love Our Neighbors
We will make sacrifices to care for and serve those in our community, our families, our workplaces, schools, and neighborhood as we express our love for them and for Jesus.
Lead Others to Do So
As we grow to be more like Jesus, we want to lead others we know and meet to be like Him, too.
Cultivate Community in the South Loop
We will host a variety of small and large ministry events in the South Loop designed to cultivate relationships among families, businesses, and civil servants in the neighborhood.
Engage through Community Organizations
We will engage with other neighbors & professionals in the South Loop by involvement in established community organizations. We will also develop new community organizations to meet needs in the neighborhood.
Relational Evangelism & Discipleship
As relationships develop with our neighbors, we will season our conversations with biblical truth, as we share the Gospel and invite others to join us in our journey of following Jesus.
Bible Based Discipleship
We will utilize a four stage discipleship process to help our neighbors grow from curiosity about Jesus to living a life on mission for Him.
We will train and send out church planters and core group members from among our people to plant more churches in Chicago and the surrounding region.
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Friendship Baptist Church Plainfield, IL
Charity Southern Baptist Church Greenfield, IL
First Baptist Church Metropolis, IL
Love Fellowship Baptist Church Fellowship Romeoville, IL
Gospel Grove Church Bargersville, IN
Catawba River Baptist Association Morganton, NC
Immanuel Baptist Church Lexington, KY
Mt Hebron Baptist Church Connelly Springs, NC
Indian River Baptist Church Chesapeake, VA
Mt Tabor Baptist Church Ahoskie, NC
The Way Fellowship Church Peoria, AZ
Old Fort First Baptist Church Old Fort, NC
First Baptist Welcome Welcome, NC