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Making christ famous to everyone, everywhere, everyday.

 

2013-2014 | harvest spring lake

Late in 2013, Harvest Bible Chapel Spring Lake started looking for an opportunity to plant a church. In August 2014, their staff was approached by the elders of Crosswinds Fellowship to discuss transitioning Crosswinds to a Harvest Bible Chapel. This transition was approved by the elders of both churches, and Pastor Brian Bement was approached about the lead pastor role. Pastor Brian accepted, and a core group began to form and meet together that December.

april 2015 | harvest North muskegon

The following Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, Harvest Bible Chapel North Muskegon officially launched. With overwhelming support from Harvest Spring Lake, over 650 people attended the launch service!

August 2016 | Elders installed

A little over a year later in August of 2016, we installed our first local elder team, the final step in becoming our own autonomous church body.

fall 2017 | great commission collective

Believing that partnership in Great Commission work is an essential value in our context and for the accomplishment of mission, Harvest North North Muskegon joined the newly formed Great Commission Collective in 2017. The mission of GC Collective is “to glorify God by planting, strengthening and multiplying Great Commission churches around the world.” As an international family of churches, the Collective is committed to helping churches become worshiping and sending churches who value the distinctives of fervent prayer, bold expository preaching, passionate worship, purposeful disciple-making, courageous evangelism and strategic church planting. Since its launch in August 2017, the GC Collective has grown to a partnership of over 120 churches worldwide.

September 2019 | christ church

From 2017 to early 2019, Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago went through a number of difficult transitions in their leadership that revealed multiple issues in the way their church was led. Given their church’s influence, our shared name started to create confusion. This confusion compelled our elders to change the name of our church. This process of changing our name gave us an opportunity to clarify our church’s unique identity and purpose. Since our church launched in 2015, God has been writing a unique story through His work in our church. And we believe the next chapter of our story is filled with opportunity and continued Gospel ministry as we fulfill our mission. Choosing a new name for our church allowed us to avoid confusion and ultimately be identified by our own character, values, and impact. So on September 8, 2019, we announced the new name of our church . . . Christ Church.

Today, Jesus is making good His promise in Matthew 16:18: “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” We have had front row seats to watch as He has built His church. And we believe He is just getting started.