The Church in DeKalb is a new church, in DeKalb, IL, birthed out of the desire to see both the people of DeKalb and the city itself transformed by the Gospel.
Our ambition is to receive what is beautiful here, and, in the power of the Gospel, to redeem and restore what is broken. The church in DeKalb is a confessional and missional church plant and a member of the Acts 29 Network, a trans-denominational peer to peer network of missional church planting churches.
A confessional church is one that is united around the truths of the Gospel, and articulates those truths in writing. We find ourselves in general agreement with the historic confessions like The Apostles Creed, The Second London Confession, and the Abstract of Principles.
A missional church is one that recognizes itself as God’s missionary people to those they live among. This means we do not see ourselves merely as those who send missionaries to other countries, but we see ourselves as missionaries in our own communities. As a missional church we are looking for ways to bless the city and the people of DeKalb and we are seeking to be an active part of God’s redemptive work here in our city.
Our vision is to be a church that brings people to new life through the preaching of the Gospel, to become a community by the Gospel, and to do life together for the Gospel.
We stand with the many other Acts 29 churches in our movement in the tradition of historic evangelical confessionalism. While every church has a unique philosophy of carrying out their ministry, we do - also stand - in our shared convictions on the following five theologically-driven core values:
- Gospel centrality in all of life.
- The sovereignty of God in saving sinners.
- The empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for all of life and ministry.
- The fundamental moral and spiritual equality of male and female as well as the principle of male headship in the church and home.
- The local church as the primary means by which God chooses to establish his kingdom on earth.