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God, what's the greater thing you want to do IN me and THROUGH me?

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Our Vision

The Soul, The City, and the World Transformed by an Only God Movement.

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5 YEAR VISION

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HOLY SPIRIT encounters are expected when we gather.

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PRAYER is our FIRST response, NOT our last resort.

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We are a BRIDGE BUILDING church.

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We are a GOOD NEIGHBOR through our RADICAL HOSPITALITY.

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The HOUSE OF HOPE is people’s first phone call when life gets hard.

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We champion EMOTIONAL, MENTAL, RELATIONAL, & PHYSICAL health as SPIRITUAL HEALTH.

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We equip church leaders through our TRANSFORMING LEADERSHIP CENTER.

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We help people pause and be present to Jesus through our RETREATS, CAMPS, & CONFERENCES.

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Soul City Church is DEBT-FREE.

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We are reaching 5,000 PEOPLE through our TWO CHURCHES.

LAUNCHING A NEW SOUL CITY CHURCH

NOTHING reaches NEW PEOPLE like NEW CHURCHES!

We are excited that God is leading us to launch another Soul City Church in the Western Suburbs somewhere between Oak Park and Oak Brook. We have a significant number of people in our church that are close to the I-290 corridor, spreading out to the Western Suburbs, so we want to make a church that is an easy invite for their friends and neighbors. This new church is not only for people from Soul City who live in the western suburbs, but it’s for their friends. It’s for their coworkers. It’s for their neighbors. It’s for anyone who needs a thriving and loving church where they can encounter and experience the transforming love of Jesus. And one thing we know is that NOTHING reaches NEW PEOPLE like NEW CHURCHES! It is one of the best ways for folks to say YES to the transforming love of Jesus!

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Primary Goal

100% Engagement

We want to see the soul, the city, and the world transformed by an Only God movement. We believe God desires to do GREATER THINGS in our church and in each of our lives. We hope and pray that every person that calls Soul City Church their home would ask God, “What is the GREATER THING you want to do in me and through me?” and they would say YES to however God leads them.

Secondary Goal

$15 Million

This is a ONE FUND initiative. That simply means we are trusting God for this amount to cover all of our expenses for the next two years. This includes our ongoing budget at both churches, West Loop Church and New Church to the West, start-up expenses for the New Church to the West, capital improvements at the West Loop Church, and funding all the other initiatives in our five-year vision.

Ask, Believe, Commit.

We are inviting you to take your next step toward transformation and generosity with prayer and faith as your starting point. As you go to God in prayer, use this three-step, faith-forming process:

ASK

God, I'm asking you to speak. I am committing to listen. Put within me a vision for GREATER THINGS in my life. I am inviting you to lead me to a financial amount you would have me trust you with for the next two years. Use this step of obedience to advance my dependency on your Holy Spirit and to advance your kingdom here on earth.
God, I'm asking you to speak. I am committing to listen. Put within me a vision for GREATER THINGS in my life. I am inviting you to lead me to a financial amount you would have me trust you with for the next two years. Use this step of obedience to advance my dependency on your Holy Spirit and to advance your kingdom here on earth.

BELIEVE

God, thank you for speaking. I trust you. With great faith, I believe that you are my provider and that you will make a way for me to see this commitment to you all the way through!
God, thank you for speaking. I trust you. With great faith, I believe that you are my provider and that you will make a way for me to see this commitment to you all the way through!

COMMIT

God, my response today and over the next two years is a courageous and complete yes. With joy and trust, I submit to your leadership of my life and receive your provision. I commit in advance to giving you all the glory for writing a GREATER THINGS story in and through my life.
God, my response today and over the next two years is a courageous and complete yes. With joy and trust, I submit to your leadership of my life and receive your provision. I commit in advance to giving you all the glory for writing a GREATER THINGS story in and through my life.

Commitment

Are you ready to step into this faith-raising adventure?

COMMIT to giving to God in a way that stretches and deepens your faith like never before. Complete a Commitment Card to make your financial commitment in faith to God and Soul City.

Submit Your Commitment:

VIRTUAL PRAYER WALL

Share the Greater Things that God has called you to in this season. But don’t only leave yours… take the time to pray for someone else.

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Resources
Vision Guide
Vision Guide

Check out our Greater Things Vision Guide! Read our story, our 5-year vision, inspiring stories, and so much more.

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Podcast

The Greater Things Podcast Devotional is a resource meant to help facilitate the journey of believing God for the Greater Things He desires to do in and through our lives.

Sermon Series

FAQ

WHAT IS Greater Things? What is a ONE FUND? When will the new church launch?

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Greater Things Giving and Commitments

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Greater Things FAQ

GREATER THINGS CAMPAIGN

Greater Things is a faith-raising initiative for Soul City Church with two goals. Our primary goal is 100% engagement. We want every person who calls Soul City home to ask the question, “God, what is the greater thing you want to do in me and through me?”. Our secondary goal is to raise $15 million, which will provide our ongoing budget at both churches for two years, launch expenses for our new church, and give seed funding to all the other initiatives in our five-year vision.

The vision of Soul City Church has always been to be one church in multiple locations. We exist to be a place where people can come for hope and healing and to have the resources to reach people beyond our walls with the transforming love of Jesus. After significant research and lots of prayer, we are compelled to continue the biblical model in the New Testament of starting new churches, extending our ministry into the community, and releasing resources throughout the city, country, and world. 

Soul City’s leadership prayerfully and strategically considered this faith-raising campaign to support the launch of the new location. Fundraising experts from within and outside our church helped guide the process with Soul City leadership. We believe the vision of Greater Things will stretch and renew our faith and grow all of us to become more kingdom-minded followers of Jesus.

This powerful prayer process can be summed up in three letters – A, B, C. 

Ask God to speak to you. Invite God to lead you towards a financial amount to trust God with for the next two years.  Believe that God will lead, guide, and provide you with resources to see this commitment through. Commit to giving God all the glory for writing a GREATER THINGS story in and through your life.

Greater Things is a two-year faith-raising campaign from May 2024-May 2026. You can complete a digital commitment card and start giving today. If you are attending a gathering on a Sunday, you can pick up a physical commitment card at Soul City Church from the 1st or 2nd-floor information racks. 

KEY DATES
Greater Things Teaching Series – April 7th
Advanced Commitment Night – April 23rd
Commitment Sunday – May 5th
Celebration Sunday & First Big Give – May 19th

You can start giving today here. We are SO excited that you are willing to trust God like this. We have no doubt that God will use this to grow your faith like never before!

This is an opportunity to stretch your faith. We invite you to pray and invite God to guide you in your giving. 

Yes. We welcome gifts of appreciated assets and gifts-in-kind. If you would like to talk more about this, please contact us at garenmcconnell@soulcitychurch.com.

Soul City Church will send out regular campaign progress that will include Greater Things giving updates.  We will also share campaign updates and developments during our Sunday gatherings. If you miss a Sunday gathering in person, or aren’t able to attend, you can always catch the live stream or replay it through our website.

A ONE FUND initiative refers to a faith-based financial approach where a single, consolidated fund is established to cover all expenses over a two-year period. This includes the operating budget for two churches – West Loop Church and the New Church to the West – as well as start-up costs for the New Church to the West, capital improvements at West Loop Church, and seed funding for the other initiatives in our five year vision. Essentially, this strategy relies on trust in divine provision to meet these comprehensive financial needs.

NEW CHURCH TO THE WEST

We plan to launch in the next year. Once we find the right facility, our timeline will be clarified.

Not yet! We have built a dynamic real estate team made up of real estate professionals who are a part of Soul City Church and outside experts to identify potential locations.  Our plan is to lease or purchase a space that would give us the ability to do ministry seven days a week, but we are always open to God surprising us with something beyond our best plans. If you have suggestions for potential locations, please email us at garenmcconnell@soulcitychurch.com.

The exact location for the new church has not yet been identified, but we are looking between Oakbrook and Oak Park. The new church to the west will serve the neighborhoods in the western suburbs of Chicago.

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Yes, the new church will have live worship, led by a local Soul City Worship team, and live teaching by our Lead Pastors and teaching team, including the local pastor. In some instances, video teaching will be utilized. Each church will follow the same teaching plan each week, but it will be delivered by different members of our teaching team. This allows the teaching to be unique to the location.

We know that the new church’s local pastor will be someone currently on the Soul City staff team.

Soul City will operate with a centralized leadership model that consists of the founding lead pastors, directional team, and a local pastor for the new church that will oversee the vision and strategy of the church.  A portion of the staff will represent “shared services” and support both churches in areas such as operations, accounting and human resources. Soul City will continue to be governed by one common elder board with representation from each of the two churches.

Each church will have the responsibility of contextually living out Soul City’s mission and vision through worship, teaching, table groups and ministries such as Soul City Kids and Alpha. These are the parts of our Church that are core to our mission and have fueled our growth over the last 13 years.

Soul City’s mission, vision, values, transformational teaching, worship, and look and feel will be consistent throughout both churches. There will be differences as each of these churches continue to grow and develop. The common Elder Board, centralized leadership and oversight from our founding lead pastors and directional team will also ensure that the new church are launched and growing, that it is 100% “Soul City” while also being uniquely contextualized to its local community. 

WHERE DO I GO IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

We welcome any additional questions you may have. Simply email us at greaterthings@soulcitychurch.com

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Hey Soul City!

A quick message for those joining us in person this weekend:

Recently, the CDC shared new guidelines for wearing face masks in public and in indoor settings to promote safety in areas with substantial risks of transmission. Therefore, we are requiring that masks are worn while in the building on Sundays.

We are continuously reviewing the CDC guidelines and what our next steps will be – as your safety remains our priority.

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