Church Plants

Igniting a Movement of Churches in Illinois

By Allison Hurtado

Russ Shearer says it’s like building a plane in the air. He’s talking about church planting, of course. He started his first church 17 years ago in a small Wisconsin town; he and his wife had been married less than a year.

“It was a challenging, phenomenal experience and we learned who we were and who we weren’t. We were young and figuring out ministry, leadership and life. By God’s grace,...

Business Man Turned Church Planter

By Allison Hurtado

Aaron Story and his wife Carrie were part of the team that launched Heartland Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2001. Carrie was hired to start the church’s Adventureland Childcare, and Aaron worked to make it profitable. At the time, he was a division manager for a large company and also using his skills for the church. Then founding pastor Darryn Scheske asked Story to be his first full-...

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