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North Park Gathers Area Churches; Hopes To Begin Tradition

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CHICAGO, IL (June 3, 2008) – Many of the churches in the North District of the Central Conference are located within just miles of each other, but the congregation members rarely have an opportunity to worship together.

That changed on Sunday, when 180 people from 11 congregations met for a special worship service and barbecue at North Park University on Sunday afternoon.

“We were celebrating Christ in the city, but we also were reclaiming our identity as mission friends,” say Adam Phillips, one of the district’s co-facilitators and pastor of Resurrection Covenant Church.

Various types of churches were represented. Several of the congregations are undergoing directed revitalization and others are established neighborhood churches.

The service was held in Anderson Chapel. Soong-Chan Rah, Milton E. Engebretson professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary, preached.

Pastor Glenn Kaiser and a worship team from Jesus People USA Covenant Church led music, as did Sharon Peterson, organist at North Park Covenant Church. The churches also celebrated communion together.

The people then had a barbecue dinner together. Some people already are suggesting that the event be held again next year, Phillips says.