About Harvest New Beginnings
Our current campuses encompass approximated 75,000 square building feet with three different structures sitting on a little over 55 acres of property. Our staff consist of 7 Pastors, 2 Directors and numerous office and facility support people. We have over 60 different ministries within Harvest currently. Our current attendance is approx. 1,300 on Sunday (Worship Attendance) with 3 different services in addition to 250+ children .
The seed for Harvest was planted in the minds of a few families in the Oswego area who saw a need for a doctrinally sound church. In the fall of 1962, these families met to discuss the possibility of planting a church in Oswego.
We had our first service as Oswego Baptist Church on July 7, 1963 at Eastview School. Rev. Thomas Corkish, associate pastor at Claim Street Baptist Church in Aurora, was called as interim pastor. On January 1, 1964, Pastor Corkish became our first full-time pastor.
We purchased the Oswego Presbyterian Church and had our first meetings there in January 1966. The building was later demolished, and a new building was built in its place at the corner of Benton and Madison Streets in Oswego.
In 1992 the name was changed to Harvest Baptist Church and construction was begun on a new facility. In July 1993 we moved to our present location at the corner of Plainfield and Douglas Roads.
God has richly blessed our church with continued growth, and we are excited to see what God will do next through Harvest.
God's glory alone
Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.
Romans 11:36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
1 Corithians 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
REACH UP – Worship corporately & Walk individually
Worshiping together on Sundays through praise & worship, offerings, learning from God’s Word, prayer and ordinances. Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some …
Walking individually, making personal worship a way of life – through personal Bible study, prayer, praise and worship – becoming a disciple. Colossians 1:10 Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
REACH IN – Connect with significance & Serve with purpose
Connecting in life-changing relationships – sharing burdens and blessings, being accountable, learning and growing through the good and bad times. Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to prayer.
Discovering where God has gifted each one and serving the body of Christ through the ministry that best expresses His gifts. Mark 10:43-44 … but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.
REACH OUT – Evangelize the lost and Disciple the saved
Evangelizing the lost on a personal level of sharing Christ with those God has placed in our lives, as well as, joining with other believers (locally and globally) to plant the seeds of the Gospel. I Corinthians 9:22 … I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some…
Being disciples and disciple-makers who love God with all their heart, soul and mind. Matthew 28:19-20a Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.
A deep love for God and a sincere love for people
Mark 12:29-31 … you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength … You shall love your neighbor as yourself.