Seventy-one years ago, a bold group of people set out to start a new church family on the south side of Springfield. They found support from a strong Christian fellowship to extend the love of Christ to Springfield’s unreached. Without doubt, they also found ample inspiration from the ancient practice of the first church. So with incredible faith, that group entered an old dance hall and prayed the prayer of Acts 2:29 “Now, Lord... enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.”That early church shook with the power and presence of Almighty God. It is still shaking today.
Since those first days, God has grown South Side from a small start-up church to a group of over 700 people, living in the heart of our state’s capital. Power and influence surround us, and what happens in our city reverberates around our state. What an incredible opportunity for the gospel!
We believe that the best days of our kingdom impact are right before us.
For that reason, I want to challenge you to examine our Uncharted vision for a bold future together. I hope this will answer your questions and inspire you to join me in more boldly trusting God for an incredible season of ministry impact.
Over the last several years, South Side has navigated through a host of twists and turns on our journey together. We have experienced the ministry joys of “green pastures,” cheering on dozens of people committing to baptism and our church family during our “On Board” Sunday and joining hundreds of people in worship at our Hilton hotel Converge services. We have also experienced the ministry heartaches of “the desert,” saying goodbye to some staff, some people, and a multi-campus ministry. But through it all, God has remained faithful to His Word. He has been so faithful, in fact, that he has lead us to this next step as a church.
This year we are embarking on the largest mission initiative we have ever attempted, fully confident that our holy God is leading us into Uncharted territory.