East White Oak officially launched a church plant in Bloomington, IL on Easter Sunday 2018. The church meets at 10:30am each Sunday at Irving Elementary School (602 W Jackson St, Bloomington, IL).
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WHY CHURCH PLANTING?
The apostle Paul was a church planter. He went places where the Lord directed him. He preached the gospel. He established new congregations of Christians along the way. Paul serves as an example for a modern-day movement which has the potential to impact our community, our nation, and our world for Christ...church planting.
In 2006 East White Oak Bible Church began to develop a local outreach ministry—a difficult task for a rural church. Pastor Larry VanGundy joined our staff to lead the effort. Initial endeavors were made in west Bloomington through one-time events (the Bloomington Block Bash) and Children’s clubs (Good News Club, Summer Fun Days, Irving Reading Program).
Our roots began to grow deeper in the area as we adopted Irving Elementary School and established The Hub—our local outreach center. Through Irving we have established programs such as The Treehouse Bible Club, one-on-one tutoring, and support for the Irving Elementary staff. At The Hub we’ve hosted community game nights, movie nights, and classes such as Faith & Finances, Computer courses, Men’s Fraternity, and DivorceCare. A couple of families from The Oak, including Pastor Larry, moved into the west-side. At his new home Pastor Larry began inviting his neighbors over for regular cookouts to build deeper relationships in the neighborhood. Attendance grew to over 100.
A NEW CHURCH IS BORN
Small Gospel Communities on the west side have gradually formed into a Sunday morning church gathering. Weekly services began in April 2018! Living Stone Communities are based on neighbors reaching out to neighbors with the love of Jesus.
We believe that the Lord is on the move in west Bloomington. By God’s grace we are excited to witness the Gospel transformation happening through the ministry of Living Stone Communities.