Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon

Director, Chicago 365

Evangelist, Urban Missionary, Leadership & Spiritual Formation Coach

Empowering Followers of Christ to Make a Difference in the Chicagoland community by raising the culture of Evangelism in people, the local church and in the world.

Projects and Experience:
  • Chicago Evangelism Team – Urban Director to help churches to engage in intentional Evangelism within and around the local Church.
  • Billy Graham Center - Coaches Urban Pastors and their Church leaders across the country in Relational Evangelism to foster a passion for personal witness while creating a culture of conversion and church growth that becomes a natural and intentional part of their ministries.
  • Church Planter - Planted two Urban Churches (as a pastor) in the inner city of Chicago that continues to focus on making disciples, build evangelistic leaders and help people in the community who are far from Christ to take one step closer to God.
  • Global Leadership Network - Youth Summit Host – Works on the leadership team in coaching, developing and producing programs and marketing to engage sites in countries all over the world.
  • All America Chicago – Works on the leadership team in for the Chicagoland area to provide a major market model of how to help churches rally around the 5 finish lines of the Great Commission. Seeing their neighbors prayed for and connected Relationally, to Gods word, to Christ and to the local Church.
  • Explore God Chicago – Served as the Director of Urban Outreach team to unite 1000+ Churches and Organizations to do a 7-week evangelism focus in and around the Chicagoland area.
  • Chair of Evangelism - Serves as the Illinois MB State Convention.
  • African Crusade Mission - Served as Evangelist/Missionary - in Zimbabwe, Africa


  • Earned a Masters in Evangelism & Leadership - Wheaton College Graduate School
    • Awarded the Kenneth T. Wessner Scholarship – In Urban & Ethnic Ministry in the City
  • Earned a Masters in Urban Ministry - Moody Theological Seminary & Graduate School
    • Concentration: Intercultural Studies, Community Outreach, Urban Evangelism
  • Earned a Bachelors of Science in Management – The University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Awarded the University of Illinois Presidential Scholarship – Human Resources
  • Completed – Church Evangelism Pastor Cohort - Wheaton College Billy Graham Center
    • Concentration: Relational Evangelism, Missional Leadership & Church Growth
Keith Gordon

Keith Cote

Director, Chicago 365

Keith is a coach, speaker, author, producer and Youth Summit Champion with the Global Leadership Network where he served as the Executive Director of Student Ministries for the Willow Creek Association for many years. Keith is the current Metro-Chicago Director for FCA. Keith has been involved with FCA since 1978 and has a passion to see to Athletes and Coaches grow into fully devoted followers. With over 30 years of experience, Keith coaches and trains leaders and students around the world how to build high performing and healthy teams. He is the author of Beyond the Game, Dirty Feet and co-author of Vision Moments. Keith was an All-American football player in college and continues his passion for sports with his involvement with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Coaching.

Projects and Experience:
  • Willow Creek Church and Global Leadership Network- Youth Summit Champion – Lead and develop the team to produce the program and marketing to engage sites in countries all over the world.
  • All America Chicago – Leading a team to in the Chicagoland area to provide a major market model of how to help churches rally around the 5 finish lines of the Great Commission. Seeing their neighbors prayed for and connected Relationally, to Gods word, to Christ and to the local Church.
  • Explore God Chicago – Led the team to unite 1000+ Churches and Organizations to do a 7-week evangelism focus in and around the Chicagoland area.
  • Chick–Fil–A Foundation – Led a multi - year initiative to build a model of summer camps that help their market exposure for local stores while helping inner city kids to have hope of higher education and a character- building sports experience.
  • World Evangelical Alliance – Led the Program team for the 2019 Conference in Jakarta Indonesia where over 100 countries were in attendance, and the conference set the focus for the Global Church for the next 10 years.
  • Compassion International – Created and led the campaign for “One Meal One Day” a global hunger awareness and action initiative.
  • Nelson Leadership Institute – Led the team and worked alongside Jerry Nelson (Founder of Ticketmaster, Trune Golf Company and 40 other companies) to build a leadership training institute to develop young men of character and leadership skills to Build a Better America.
  • City of New York Gas and Electric Company (ConEd)– One of three team leaders to help come up with creative solutions and RD projects to help many of the issues facing the cities gas and electric and steam divisions.
  • LEAD222 – Co-Founded and Led this ministry to coach and train youth pastors to be healthy and effective. Developed the financial model of self - sustainability for this ministry outside of donor funding.
  • WCA – Germany – Produced and spoke at 10+ events to train young leaders and help them understand their life purpose. Also helped to develop an ambassador’s program for ownership and insights.
  • 4-14 Movement Global – Lead the team multiple years to define success, create the program and produce the global events held in Bali, Indonesia for leaders to be trained in how to effectively reach, lead and mentor the next generation.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Pacific North West – One of the leadership team with the focus of helping with innovation and solutions to reach the major markets of Portland and Seattle more effectively and create models and methods that then could help all areas.
C365 - Chicago Statement of Faith

Those involved with Chicago 365, it is intended that we hold to a historic, orthodox understanding of biblical Christianity.

  • The Bible is God’s unique revelation to people. It is the inspired, infallible Word of God, and the supreme and final authority on all matters upon which it teaches. No other writings are vested with such divine authority.
  • There is only one God, creator of heaven and earth, who exists eternally as three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each fully God, yet each personally distinct from the other.
  • All people are created in God’s image and matter deeply to Him. Central to the message of the Bible is that God loves people, and invites them to live in communion with Him and in community with each other.
  • Apart from Jesus Christ, all people are spiritually lost and, because of sin, deserve the judgment of God. However, God gives salvation and eternal life to anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ and in His sacrifice on his or her behalf. Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
  • Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless human life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father as our advocate and mediator. Some day, He will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God..
  • The Holy Spirit, third Person of the Trinity, convicts the world of sin and draws people to Christ. He also indwells all believers. He is available to empower them to lead Christ-like lives, and gives them spiritual gifts with which to serve the church and reach out to a lost and needy world.
  • Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. At the final judgment, unbelievers will be separated from God into condemnation. Believers will be received into God’s loving presence and rewarded for their faithfulness to Him in this life.
  • All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender and denominational lines.
  • The local church is a congregation of believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability and community with each other. Through it, believers invest time, energy and resources to fulfill the Great Commission—reaching lost people and growing them into fully devoted followers of Christ.



Within Chicago there are many areas that need help, but we believe we need to start in two areas that can only be changed by a miracle. We want to create a model that can be reproduced around the city of Chicago. These six  neighborhoods are next to each other on the west side and south side and are known as some of the most dangerous and depressed areas of Chicago.


Washington Park

Number 2 in most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. (227% more crime than Chicago)

  • .88 square miles without park
  • Total Population: 11,355
  • Households: 4,538
  • African Americans: 10,403
  • 19 years of age and under: 3,937
  • 20 to 34 years of age: 2,848



Number 4 in most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. (201% more crime than Chicago)

  • 3.08 square miles
  • Total Population: 23,792
  • Households: 9,101
  • African Americans: 22,392
  • 19 years of age and under: 6,852
  • 20 to 34 years of age: 5,416



Number 13 in most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. (105% more crime than Chicago)

  • 2.07 square miles
  • Total Population: 22,658
  • Households: 9,213
  • African American: 19,012
  • 19 years of age and under: 7,132
  • 20 to 34 years of age: 5,33


West Garfield Park

Number 1 in most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. (257% more crime than Chicago)

  • 1.2 sq. miles
  • Total Population: 17,277
  • Households: 5,333
  • African Americans: 15,888
  • 19 years of age and under: 5,794
  • 20 to 34 years of age: 3,400


East Garfield Park

Number 3 in most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. (206% more crime than Chicago)

  • 1.9 sq. miles
  • Total Population: 20,100
  • Households: 6,721
  • African Americans: 17,303
  • 19 years of age and under: 6,671
  • 20 to 34 years of age: 4,692


North Lawndale

Number 5 in most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. (198% more crime than Chicago)

  • 3.2 sq. miles
  • Total Population: 35,417
  • Households: 11,194
  • African Americans: 29,585
  • 19 years of age and under: 10,782
  • 20 to 34 years of age: 8,284



We need to Engage in Prayer. Starting the initiative to get every household and school in the city adopted in prayer.

The only way this city can experience true hope is through Jesus Christ. We need people throughout the Chicagoland area praying for our youth 365 days a year.

The prayer of a righteous man or woman is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

We will partner with the Chicago Evangelism Team in the all-Chicago initiative to Pray and Connect everyone in Chicagoland to Jesus. We will use the All-Chicago App and supporting strategy to unite faith and community leaders in prayer and connecting these areas to Christ. The Chicago Evangelism Team and the Chicago 365 team will concentrate their efforts to reach every household in these 6 communities, joining with other prayer movements until we get every household and School adopted and prayed for.

Join us on this journey to pray for and connect every household in these areas to Jesus. Check out the link below:

To watch the app tutorial, click here:

Measurable Results: Number of schools and households adopted in Prayer


We need to unite All Leaders. Getting faith leaders and Community leaders unified around the common goal of investing in youth and adopting youth programs that empower and equip these young leaders at their churches and ministries.

We want to provide them training and resources to help make that a reality. We will help them start mentoring programs, “Adopt a School” programs, after school programs and youth programs that attract the youth and bring them into the local Church. The credible voice of the Chicago 365 initiative is the thousands of young leaders’ voices with a few key adult voices empowering and guiding them. We need to clarify our message of becoming a force for good in our communities and get that message out.

  • Provide a robust packet of Chicago 365’s Mission, Programs and How to get involved.
  • 1 on 1, small group and large group meetings to engage community and faith leaders to understand and join Chicago 365 in some way.
  • Small group training and resources to help these leaders start key youth ministry programs through their churches and ministries.

Measurable Results: A Chicago 365 packet created, clear numeric goals set by advisory team and leadership team on how many engagement meetings will happen and training times will happen.


We need to partner with many ministries and organizations in the city, to do something together to bring the most impact to the area. Youth groups will be equipped, schools will be engaged, and key leaders will be empowered.

Year 1, we will partner with:

  • Chicago Evangelism Team ( – We will be partnering with them to work on getting every household adopted in prayer in the 6 communities. They will also partner in some of our events that are connecting young people to the gospel.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes ( – We will be partnering with FCA to identify key coaches and community leaders who could be on our team that will engage students with our programs and empower young leaders with the gospel. We will also work with them for camps and clinics that reach young leaders through sport with the Gospel.
  • Youth Summit ( – We will be partnering with the Youth Summit for leadership content to help us sharpen young leaders’ skills and provides us an easy way to bridge the conversations from leadership skills to their life purpose in Christ.
  • Youth Force ( – We will be partnering with the Youth Force to help us develop a Real Faith series that currently exists to a “Real Faith - Chicago Edition”. This will allow young leaders to start critical conversations with their peers about faith and life.

Measurable Results: Clear partnership agreements with these organizations and others that clearly explain the partnership terms and initiatives each is bringing to the community.


We want to connect people to this transformational leadership community and help them clearly understand their life purpose in Christ.

We plan on providing many evangelistic initiatives through the Real Faith series -Chicago Edition and more. We want this to be run by students for students to have conversations about faith and life. We will help them produce them and market them to the entire community. We will train them into how to share their faith using the Life in 6 Words app. Develop adopt a school programs to enlist mentors within the school who will help them learn academics and connect students to Christ.

We want to see youth ministry thrive in these communities.


Sample Video -

It can be easy for us to view the Bible as a highlight video. A small glimpse of a person doing something amazing without recognizing the struggle and emotion that went behind it. In this series Real Faith, we hope to reveal to you the “story within the story”- real people chosen by God, just like you and I, who showed faithfulness in dealing with fear, doubt, and failure. God uses ordinary people, doing ordinary things to follow him each day and He is able to do extraordinary things in and through us for His Kingdom. Take heart, God does not expect perfection, but wants you to get up and do your best to remain faithful to Him.

Each month we will journey through reading plans and small groups to see the story behind the story of some of the men and women of the Bible. Once a month we will have a youth service where we will worship with fellow Christians around the city and hear speakers that will inspire conversations around faith and life!

  • Engaging in weekly small groups and reading plans
  • Community worship leaders joining us together as one.
  • Dynamic speakers from around the City.
  • Student hosts that will spark conversations on faith and life.
  • Fun and engaging community where we will learn, grow and go together.
  • Opportunities to join a citywide family of young leaders!

Life in 6 Words – An App that has been designed by Greg Stier at Dare2Share ministries that is a simple and clear way to start a spiritual conversation in person or remote with someone. The app starts with a life conversation and then launches into 6 words that describes the Gospel super clear. A very easy and clear way to walk through the Gospel with this generation. You can download the app from either store.

Adopt a School Program – A Program that will identify the schools to target, enlist local and suburban churches, businesses to adopt a school that would provide 3 key elements. (a similar program what Tony Evans is doing in his city).

  • Tutoring students in academics and life skills
  • Mentoring students through the challenges of school, life and faith.
  • Life Skills, financial literacy, investing, starting your own business, conflict resolution, decision-making
  • Backpack - providing a full backpack of nutritious foods on Friday each week for students to eat while they are away from school to help them stay healthy and focus on growth.

Measurable Results: Produce Real Faith Series Chicago Edition monthly; train students and youth workers in using the Life in 6 Words app (number of youth workers trained; number of young leaders trained); identify all schools in the 6 areas, meet with administrators and pair up local and suburban churches with schools for academic help and a platform to share their faith (number of schools adopted, number of students involved).


We want to build a community with a Cause. We want to Empower these young people and sharpen their leadership skills to be a Force for Good in their community.

We want to build a strong youth summit leadership training platform which allows us to use online training and face to face training within Public/Private Schools to sharpen their leadership skills. We want to see these youth gain needed skills, confidence and hope for their future.

Youth Summit Leadership Platform: (

Youth Summit

All Youth Summit events include video training (or live if required), leadership conversations and a young leader sharing their story of faith and life to help young leaders build leadership skills, understand their life purpose in Jesus Christ and their connection to the local church.

Measurable Results: Engage schools with top notch leadership training, hosted by one of our team members – number of Next Gen Summits).


We want to help create a path for them to Make a Difference, to mobilize them to take action in their own unique way and to enlist others to be a part of this initiative.

We want to help every young leader have their own voice of growth and change. We want to help them to figure out how they are wired, what their passion, personal style and giftedness is and help them find a path to use that for Good.

We want to also connect with and enlist others to be a part of this initiative. We want to enlist local individuals, businesses and churches in the Chicagoland area and have them join with us to engage, invest and empower the youth in these areas of Chicago. This will become a model that we can use throughout the city of Chicago.


The only way this city can experience true hope is through Jesus Christ. We need people throughout the Chicagoland area praying for our youth 365 days a year.

The prayer of a righteous man or woman is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

The Ask: Adopt multiple households and Schools in Prayer via the app.


We must re-engage young leaders in the local church. We must first help them see their life-purpose in Jesus Christ. Then, we must develop their leadership within the local church to change their world.

The Ask: To give one or more scholarships to invest in young leaders through clinics, camps, Youth Summit leadership events and outreaches on their school campus. These opportunities can help them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ, engage in the local church and develop their leadership skills. Each scholarship  is $365, just a dollar a day each year.


We must make an effort to connect and listen to each other, learn with each other, grow with each other and then go with each other and make an impact in our world. We will enlist individuals, businesses and churches to partner with us to do the work in these areas. We will provide Vision Tours to interested leaders outside of these communities, we will seek manpower, finances, and ongoing connections to provide the needed hope and help to make the growth of these initiatives successful.

The Ask: To adopt a school and provide tutors/mentors, get sponsors for the Weekend Backpack program, and attend a Vision Tour.

Measurable Results: number of people praying; number of $365 scholarships; number of churches/businesses adopting a school; number of people on a Vision Tour; number of Weekend Backpack sponsors.


What is happening in Chicago is alarming. The city is in crisis and we need your help! Join us in one of these ways:

  • Adopt a household to pray for in these neighborhoods or have your church/organization adopt an area of these neighborhoods.
  • Adopt a school and provide volunteers, supplies and finances.
  • Give a Scholarship of $42 a month ($504) for a young leader to be connected to Christ and empowered to be a Force for Good for Jesus.

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