Why do Churches have revivals?
In the early 1700s, the USA experienced somewhat of a revival that was referred to as “The First Great Awakening”. Powerful preaching of the gospel caused church members to repent and truly experience the life-changing power of God. This helped people to break away from the dry routines of “doing Church”, and led them to deep, meaningful relationships with Jesus. This first great nationwide revival caused people to experience dramatic personal change, giving them a strong desire to use their spiritual gifts in powerful ways to bring change to others.
Soon, churches across the country began to hold revivals. These events would include special moments of passionate worship, fervent prayer, and bold, authoritative preaching. These revivals pushed church members out of the stagnancy of religion and into a fresh new experience with God, igniting their passion for God, deepening their hunger for spiritual growth, and renewing their commitment to His work. When revivals happen, believers lives are CHANGED, and they empowered to CHANGE THE WORLD.
I am blessed to serve as Senior Pastor of Community Covenant Church, and God has called our Church to be a life-changing family changing the world. And as we embrace God’s vision for our Church, we are seeking to create experiences that help us to break out of the routines of Church as usual, so that we can experience God, and be transformed by His spirit to fulfill His purposes in the earth.
Our next such experience will be our summer revival, “Changed”, which will be held June 3rd through June 5th at 7pm, and conclude on Sunday, June 7th with our worship service at 10:45am. All services will be held at our Church, located 12446 S. Loomis Street in Calumet Park, Illinois.
I’ve invited several of my friends, all fantastic leaders, to come and preach during this revival. I pray you can join us!
Rev. Charlie Dates serves as Senior Pastor of the historic Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago, and is the youngest Senior Pastor in Progressive’s rich 95-year history. Rev. Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Divinity Degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to leading Progressive, Rev. Charlie served as an Associate Pastor at the New Zion Baptist Church of Rockford, and as Pastor of Adult Ministries, Director of Church Operations and Primary Preaching Assistant to the Rev. James Meeks at the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Charlie has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Moody Bible Institute and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department. Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Elisabeth Dates. Pastor Dates will preach on Wednesday, June 3rd at 7pm.
Rev. William Hall serves as Senior Pastor of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. Since the age of 4, Rev. Hall has lived out his commitment to uplifting, defending and restoring the poor and the truth. Hearing the cries of mothers as they bury their children, while feeling the pain of poor kids of color, Rev. Hall started “CommuniGize” an organization committed to solving problems facing our next generation of leaders. He also launched Acts of Love, a strategic movement to love young people across the world. William has spent ample time serving as a teacher, pastor, mentor, and big brother. He studied economics and religious studies at DePaul University, and earned a Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Pastor Hall will preach on Thursday, June 4th at 7pm.
Rev. C. Terrell Wheat serves as an Associate Minister at New Life Covenant Church under the leadership of Pastor John Hannah, where he also serves in the Prayer Department. He founded Intense Prayer Ministries International after God spoke to Him and gave him four assignments in relation to prayer: teach people to pray, help local churches become houses of prayer, conduct prayer rallies and vigils throughout the earth, and call the Body of Christ back to relevant prayer. He does this nationally through preaching, teaching, training and prayer gatherings. Rev. Wheat is married to Tanesha, and is the proud father of five sons. Rev. Wheat will preach on Friday, June 5th at 7pm.
Rev. Quentin Mumphery currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Windsor Park Evangelical Lutheran Church, and is preparing to launch a new ministry in the Chicagoland area. Rev. Mumphery is a dynamic preacher and civic leader who has led transformative ministry in a variety of contexts across the region. For ten years, he served as Associate Pastor and Director of Family Ministries at New Life Covenant Church under the leadership of Pastor John F. Hannah. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Rev. Mumphery serves as Regional Director for Student Services and Community Engagement with Camelot for Kids. Rev. Mumphery is also founder of the 7 under 40 Network, a national coalition of young adult leaders committed to preaching righteousness and justice in urban areas. Pastor Mumphery will preach on Sunday, June 7th at 10:45am.