On Sunday, June 16, our Lead Pastor, Mark Malin shared about what’s next for him and for our church. In recent years, with the help of our board, lead team and other mentors, we have been praying, reading, discussing and seeking God in the area of leadership succession for Oakbrook. After much prayer and wise counsel, Mark has felt God clearly leading him to a new ministry assignment. Mark has accepted a new position as the Multisite Director for Northview Church. In this role he will be overseeing Northview’s Campus Pastors at their 11 multi-site locations as well as helping them start new campuses. It is a clear fit for Mark’s passion and giftedness. Mark will step into this new role on September 9, 2019. Mark’s last day at Oakbrook will be August 18.

In light of this transition, there are two potential options for Oakbrook’s future. Option One would be for the board to begin a process of searching for and identifying a new point leader for Oakbrook’s future. Option Two came up throughout the process of discerning what is next for Mark. It is the potential for a church merger with Northview Church. In this scenario, each of Oakbrook’s three locations would be become Northview locations under their direction and leadership. On Sunday, June 9, the Oakbrook Board met and decided through a unanimous vote, to begin by exploring Option Two: the potential of a merge with Northview. We will be sharing regular updates at this site in the days ahead.

In the meantime, we are asking everyone involved in the process to pray for a few specific things:

  1. Pray that the Oakbrook Board would acknowledge the past in their decision making.

  2. Pray that the Oakbrook Board would empathize with the present situation in their decision making.

  3. Pray that the Oakbrook Board would have a clear vision for the future.

  4. Pray for wisdom in all things.

  5. Pray that the result of this process would be the advancing of God’s Kingdom in the communities that we serve.

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