Eric & Tara Lerew
On March 1st, 2018, we moved from the Chicago area to Fort Wayne, Indiana. I continued to do ministry in Chicago as we made the transition. As the work in Chicago ended, we were living totally by faith. With some faithful supporters, a few financial miracles, and some new opportunities to serve, we managed. In May of 2019, I started working with the Citywide Movement, a monthly prayer gathering made up of several hundred leaders from business, non-profit, government, education, and church led by Mike Packnett, President and CEO of Parkview Health.
Over the past 19 months, I’ve prayed like crazy for our city and region, met with more leaders than I can count, help lead conversations on racism in the church, and done tons of research, all with this question in mind: How can we give every man, woman, and child repeated opportunities to see, hear, and respond to the good news? What a fantastic experience; I’m so thankful!
As a result of this process, Tara and I are convinced of three things: (1) We have to connect with those who are outside of the church. (2) God’s people are waiting to be empowered to join him in his mission (3) There is an urgent need for new and innovative expressions of the Church.
As we have prayed and received confirmation from God and others, we’ve decided to start The Fort Wayne Underground: Mission Training Hub and Micro Church Network, similar to the Tampa and KC Underground (200 & 40 Micro Churches, respectively). We believe it's the single most strategic thing we can do to help the body of Christ give every man, woman and child repeated opportunities to see, hear and respond to the Good News about Jesus.
Several individuals and organizations have agreed to work with us. We’ve formed a small team and reached out to Rob Wegner, a friend and founder of the KC Underground, for some coaching.
The underground model is radically different from other models in that the main focus is encouraging & equipping believers to be on mission and start intentional communities. We also desire to work with other churches to do the same and would love to partner with your church, organization, or denomination to develop all God’s people’s missional calling.
The city of Fort Wayne impacts 1.4 million people. We envision starting multiple hubs and networks in Northeast Indiana, which means we need a BIG TEAM. Here are a few ways you can join us:
● Subscribe to our email list at ericlerew.com
● Pray and Fast with us on Wednesdays
● Learn how to be Jesus where you live, work, learn, and play
● Give a one time gift to help us raise $21,000
● Partner ongoing by making a monthly gift
If you wish to mail a gift, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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