The unfolding work of Harvest 2.0 has created momentum for our conference as we sharpen our focus and rekindle our call to be witnesses for Christ in the communities where we live. Join our vision to plant 100 new faith communities, to nurture vital congregations through healthy discipleship practices, and to cultivate active community listening and outreach in all of our local churches. Donate today!

New Faith Communities

This is your starting place for church planting! We are called to plant new communities of faith in new places across Northern Illinois. As our cities, towns and neighborhoods change, we believe that starting new faith communities of all kinds is an important way to reach new people for Jesus Christ.

 Vital Churches

Does your church want to feel alive again? Are you wondering how you can make an impact in your community? Large or small, all of our churches are important centers for mission and ministry. By following the core principles of healthy discipleship and using proven methods of outreach, all of our congregations can make an even bigger impact in their communities as vital churches.

Community Engagement

We believe that by working together with neighboring congregations, our local churches can find new opportunities for effective ministry. By cultivating active community listening and outreach, churches can do more together to love their neighbors than they could on their own.


Recent News


Xperience Church’s journey comes to a close

Two and a half years ago, Pastor Dwayne Grant and a team of committed supporters set out to plant Xperience church. The vision according to Grant was “to plant a socially relevant, mission oriented church in the Hillside/Bellwood community, African American based but with a multicultural, multigenerational, progressive and inclusive feel.” Pastor Grant received his…


The Net Church faces difficult decision

Church planting is more of an art than a science. Three ingredients for a successful plant are the right planters, in the right place, at the right time. But even then there is no guarantee that a plant will take root, and then it requires discernment and a healthy dose of courage from the planters…

Grace in Action Celebrations

Pastors from ICD Return from Florida Trip with Renewed Passion!

Some years ago, the Director of Congregational Development, Rev. Martin Lee, attended the Leadership Institute held at the church of the Resurrection UMC in Kansas. Jorge Acevedo, Pastor of Grace Church in Fort Myers, Florida, was one of the plenary speakers. As he spoke, Martin heard some familiar language in the principles he was delivering…

Celebrations - Dec 2013

Urban Village Church Designated “Large Impact Church”

Dear partners in ministry, This month, we visited Urban Village Church in Wicker Park, one of the New Faith Communities of the Chicago Northwestern District. Since this location launched its Sunday morning service 14 months ago, weekly attendance has nearly tripled! There is great joy and excitement as many young people and religious “nones” are…


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