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DELTA CHURCH - CONNECTING THE DISCONNECTED

Making Change in Springfield


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W H AT H A V E I G O T T E N M Y S E L F I N T O ? From Pastor Ryan Mobley In July of 2006, I packed up my house and moved my pregnant wife and our three kids from L a nsi ng , Mi chiga n to Springfield, Illinois to start a new church called Delta. Why would I do such a thing? The failure rate makes one take notice (about a third of new churches don’t make it past 4 year). Why not just go to one of the 2000-3000 established churches that close their doors each year and lead it into health? Why willingly walk into the messes of people’s lives and subject myself to massive frustration, sleepless nights, and personal heartache? The only answer I have is that this is what God has called me to do. I believe with all my heart that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for the disconnected and broken of this world, and God has given the church the job of communicating that Gospel to the world. And God has brought me specifically to Springfield to accomplish this great task. Let me tell you a little about my city.

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SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS Springfield is the state capitol and the 6th largest city in the state, being the central trade area for 23 communities in a 50 mile radius. Springfield is rich in history with Abraham Lincoln historical sites and Route 66 attractions. Between Springfield’s historical interests, various downtown festivals, and the Illinois State Fair, more than 1 million people visit our city each year. Springfield recently ranked #29 in the country of “greenest” cities, and construction of the new Southwind Park begins in Spring 2008 which will be one of the greenest parks in the nation. Downtown Springfield is seeing tremendous growth and opportunity as the Southern Illinois University Medical School provides the largest medical training base south of Chicago and as a push toward urban renewal in the downtown district is gaining momentum, with new shops, restaurants, museums, and residential living space being planned and opening. Springfield is a city on the rise!

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W H Y D I D W E S TA R T D E LTA ? W H AT ’ S T H E G O A L ? Being a church planter, I have vested interest in the spiritual condition of Springfield. Does Springfield really need a new church like Delta? The answer is a resounding “YES”! Keep reading to find out why. There are approximately 200,000 people in Sangamon County, and approximately 120,000 people in Springfield and her surrounding communities. There are generally 300 churches in the Springfield, and according to The Barna Group, the average church size in the United States is only 89 people. What does this mean? There are well over 100,000 spiritually disconnected people in the Springfield area! Delta exists for all those who are spiritually and relationally disconnected.

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CONNECTING THE DISCONNECTED At Delta, we use the phrase “Connecting the Disconnected” to describe what we’re doing. We want to see people connected to a vibrant, growing relationship with Jesus. We want to see people connected to a supportive, encouraging community. We want to see people connected to a “glocal” (global + local) awareness of spiritual, physical, emotional, educational, and social needs of the world around them. So, “Connecting the Disconnected” is our pathway of helping people to love God, see lives transformed, and the world changed. The big picture for Delta is that we would become a church planting catalyst, specifically for the Central Illinois Region, but also serving the rest of the state. Studies show that it is through church planting that spiritually disconnected people best get connected, thereby finding their true life’s purpose and playing their part in changing the world through the power of the message of Jesus Christ.

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A B R I E F H I S T O R Y O F D E LTA Although Delta is young and our history is brief, much has happened. Here are some snapshots: On Sunday night, August 6, 2006, about 10 people gathered in my living room to pray, plan, and prepare for beginning Delta. The next month, we moved into a borrowed fellowship hall at a local church as we already grew to between 16-20 people showing up weekly. We began to develop some home groups, did a canned food drive for a local food pantry, and pretty much networked like crazy! Delta held its first morning worship service on January 20, 2007. It was about 10 degrees that morning, and about 30 people showed up. A year later, Delta now averages over 60 regular attenders (the average church plant size after 1 year is 40); with a few dozen involved in various small groups that meet weekly

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D E LTA ’ S M I N I S T R Y A crowd on a Sunday isn’t our measure of success; we measure our success by how we are mobilizing people to bless our city and the world and how we are seeing people’s lives transformed by the message of Jesus Christ…with that in mind: -We regularly stock the local bread line and Boys & Girls club with bread and bagels with our partnership with Panera Bread Company -In August 2007, we held “Streetfest”, a block-party type event that raised school supplies in which we were able to stuff 650 backpacks -We held a book drive in November 2007 for a local city school, providing books and funds to give over 400 books to their students -In December 2007, we raised over $1000 to by a new cooker for orphanage in Kenya -Through our Super Bowl Party in February 2008, we were able to purchase a new air hockey table for the Springfield Boys & Girls Club -People are getting reconnected…people who had been hurt or had lost hope in the local church have been renewed in their faith, and the spiritually disconnected are finding faith in Jesus -People finding freedom from various addictions -We have baptized 4 people and parents have dedicated 10 children

The following testimony illustrates the spiritual transformation happening in people are Delta: Amanda writes: “Over the last year, I feel like God has really been working in my life. More and more, I view things in terms of my relationship with God. I find myself praying more and spending more time thinking about how God is working in my life. More importantly, I’ve realized that I don’t need to wait to get myself together…” WWW.DELTACHURCH.NET


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W H AT ’ S O N T H E H O R I Z O N F O R D E LTA As we continue to “connect the disconnected” we see 6 areas of development we need to focus on: Creating a solid organizational infrastructure. Delta is continuing to raise up and train leaders for our ministry. We also have a great need for administrative/organizational management to help create order for our various ministries.

Continued establishment of our ministry offices and meeting space. Delta has been able to lease office space in Downtown Springfield and rent worship gathering space downtown as well. These spaces come with significant cost, but are vital to us and our ministry to the heart of Springfield. Developing our Social Mercy Ministry. Delta has a heart to aid those who are poor, needy, and in crisis. We believe that our ministry means nothing if it does not tangibly help our city. Building a Gospel-centered family ministry. We have been blessed with many young families and children, and we want to equip our parents and children with the best leadership and resources we can to build the next generation of Christ-followers. Intentionally reach college and career singles. This is a growing demographic in Springfield due to the growth of the University at Illinois at Springfield campus, the SIU Medical School growth, and the attraction of various internships and other business that Springfield offers. Being able to offer strong relational, artistic, and intellectually challenging avenues to reach these 18-30 year olds is vital. Becoming a Regional Church Planting Center. To connect more people we need to plant more churches, and we need to be able to gather, train, equip, and support potential planters. The early stages of this is already occurring as many planters and church leaders are already contacting Delta for guidance, direction, and support. MAKING

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HOW WE’RE GOING TO DO IT 1. Invest in people. We will continue to encourage and equip members & attenders of Delta to honestly love people and build friendships with those who are disconnected from God, community, and purpose in life. People, not programs, are our highest priority. 2. Invest in our city. We will get strategically involved in various city organizations, continually finding ways to serve our city and to give back to the poor, those in crisis situations, and to the educational and social development of our city’s children. 3. Invest in leaders. Nothing will be done well without a leader to provide direction and oversight. Delta is developing an Internship Program and needs to bring on staff for our ministry. We to provide the financial needs for Delta’s staff and interns to accomplish the great work. 4. Invest in tools. We need to secure proper meeting space and equipment to achieve the greatest impact possible.

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PA R T N E R I N G W I T H D E LTA How can you partner with us? Please be in prayer for our ministry and our city that is the first thing we ask. We also boldly ask that you consider financially giving to Delta so we can accomplish this great work God has for us. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the rest of 2008. Some of you can afford to give much, others can afford give some. Whatever you give, your gift matters! We are seeking to mobilize over a 100 hundred people to give at various levels to help us accomplish our goal. The following chart outlines the various giving opportunities: # of Gifts 50 20 20 10 5 2

Amount x$100 x $250 x $500 x $1000 x $2000 x $5000

Grand Total:

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Total = $5,000 = $5,000 = $10,000 = $10,000 = $10,000 = $10,000

$50,000

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PA R T N E R I N G W I T H D E LTA Delta is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. All gifts are taxdeductible. Checks can be made out to Delta Church with “Making Change” written in the memo line. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pastor Ryan Mobley at 217-544-8661 or at makingchange@deltachurch.net. I greatly value our friendship and your support of our ministry. Delta’s ministry is indebted to partners like you. Thank you and God bless!

Pastor Ryan Mobley

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408 S. 5th St. Springfield, IL 62701

Phone: 217-544-8661 Web: www.deltachurch.net E-mail: info@deltachurch.net

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