Great Commission Collective (www.gccollective.org) is an international family of churches and strategic partners that exist to glorify God by planting, strengthening, and multiplying Great Commission Churches around the world.
We believe that God’s glory leads God’s people on God’s mission, and that worshiping churches are sending churches committed to invading the darkness of the world with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As a Great Commission Collective Church we are committed to fervent prayer, bold preaching, passionate worship, purposeful disciple-making, courageous evangelism, and strategic church planting all for the glory of God.
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” - Habakkuk 2:14
Vertical. It’s a summary term for everything that we believe about the church.
Ephesians 3:21 lays out our highest purpose, “to him TO HIM (emphasis added) be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
The purpose of the church is not something we get to fashion according to our own whim, or subjective sense of God’s leading. The purpose of the church is doxological not soteriological. The purpose of the church of Jesus Christ is not to reach people, or feed the poor or any of those important ‘by products.’ The purpose of the church is to elevate and honor God’s great Son in the minds and hearts of those who gather in His name. PERIOD. When that truly happens, all the other good things happen too. When that focus is neglected nothing that ‘happens’ is lasting or worthwhile.
Everything that happens when the church gathers is for that single VERTICAL purpose.
Learn more about Vertical Church at VerticalChurchBook.com.
A group of eighteen people from across the northwest suburbs of Chicago joined together to form a new church. These people had a vision for proclaiming the authority of the Word of God without apology, lifting high the name of Jesus through worship, believing firmly in powerful prayer, and sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness. Harvest Bible Chapel was born on September 18, 1988, with twenty-seven-year-old James MacDonald serving as the Senior Pastor. Since then, Harvest has grown to a multi-site church of more 13,000 people meeting on seven campuses each weekend; an international broadcast ministry that reaches over three million people every week; a global church-planting ministry that planted more than 160 churches as well as a training center for future Senior Pastors. It is the home of a thriving Christian school with more than 600 students, a biblical counseling center, a fruitful worship ministry called Vertical Worship, the newly launched Harvest Studios, and has a year-round camp in Michigan that ministers to more than 1500 people annually. “This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).
James MacDonald provokes Christians to think and act on their faith. His Bible teaching ministry, Walk in the Word, emphasizes the precise exposition of God's Word and compels listeners to life application. Every 30-minute program heard on over 1,100 stations across North America is designed to ignite passion in the people of God through the proclamation of truth.
Walk in the Word is widely known as a radio ministry; however, its reach and impact continue to expand through audio, video, and printed resources, as well as listener events. Online listeners and podcast subscribers make the web our fastest growing audience, with over 100,000 podcasts downloaded monthly.