Hello friends and family!
This is an unusually long post, but I really hope you read it! I’m excited to share updates about life and ministry in Chicago, and I have some great information and stories to share below:
Urban Village Church: Going Deeper
Ministry in My Neighborhood of Logan Square
For those of you who are new to this email thread, I want you to know why I choose to live in Chicago – despite the sad weather, the horrible politics, and the rampant violent crime. The truth is, God did not call me here. I don’t think God calls anyone to any particular place - apart from an audible voice (which I have not heard!). Rather, I am here because I think that, to obey Jesus’ commission, Chicago is the most strategic place to be. Why?
Last time that I wrote, I mentioned my intention to form a small non-profit organization called “Blue Line Mission” that will provide structure to my passion to see followers of Jesus equipped as servants, theologians, and pilgrims in their respective Chicago neighborhoods. The specifics have changed a bit because of some important news.
I am happy to announce that on July 1, 2013, I will begin a one-year internship with Urban Village Church in Wicker Park! This internship will afford me the opportunity to begin the work of Blue Line Mission with an energetic church body and an experienced pastoral staff. My work with Docent Research Group will end soon, and I will begin devoting 10-15 hours a week to Urban Village Church.
My passion for developing leaders who are servants of the church, theologians of the gospel, and pilgrims for the common good has not changed. I still plan to fulfill the goals of my mission; I only add one more:
Support in Prayer and Finances
As I have said before, I am wildly grateful for your love, support, prayers, and encouragement since I moved into the city one year ago. I invite you to support me in prayer and in finances for this new chapter of my life in Chicago. I will receive a monthly $500 stipend for my internship with Urban Village Church, and I must raise the funds from ministry partners like you. I am excited for you to have a direct hand in what God is doing in and through me here in Chicago. Please consider what you would like to give, and fill out a pledge form online by clicking here.
I believe that God is moving in unique ways in Chicago, and I would love for you to join me in getting swept up. Let’s lean into this fresh movement of God’s kingdom!
Praying all the best for each of you,
M. Caleb Murphree
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