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If we don't continually ask that
question, then we tend to plan
things for the people we already
know and who are already coming.
Roger Jenks, Pastor
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CHURCH (click link for website)
  Fox Valley Area Christian Church
(Now Grace Community CC)
 
  LOCATION (click link for demographic summary)  
  Aurora, IL 60504  
  CONGREGATION SIZE  
  151-250  
  REGIONAL BODY (click link for website)  
  Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
in Illinois and Wisconsin
 
  FEATURED RESOURCE (click link to learn more)  
  Ministry Area Profile  
  FULL STORY (click link to read more)  
  Out of the Fox Hole  
  MINISTRY SUMMARY
 
Church recently relocated to different community and elementary school facility
 
Pastor committed to developing leaders
 
Used five prioritizing questions to focus
church ministry
 
Used Ministry Area Profile
to focus on people outside
of church, help identify
needed ministries and
relocate the church
 
At least one third of
every meeting is spent
on evangelism
 
Evangelism is focused
on reaching unchurched
 
     
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l Out of the Fox Hole l
For Roger Jenks, now senior pastor of Fox Valley Area Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), it took almost two decades and four pastorates for him to take the questions that had so impacted his personal life and carry them over to his congregations's life. "There are five essential questions of congregational life," said Dr. Lloyd Ogilive, the featured speaker at the conference Jenks had attended in 1985, five questions that must be asked and answered sequentially. If you skip any of these, the best that you or your church will ever do is limp."

"For nearly 20 years, those questions have advised me and kept me from limping!" says Jenks. "BUT, I never applied them to the church! When I came to my current pastorate, I decided our entire, somewhat beleaguered congregation needed the prioritizing influence of those five, fundamental questions. I think all I had hoped for was that the church would seek and take ownership of the answers—I didn't realize how dramatically these questions would transform us!" -Jenni Keast
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