As a local body of believers, we are privileged to joyfully serve our community with the love of Jesus. We value the vital role our neighborhood partners play in our community, accomplishing things that we could never have attempted on our own. Our relationships with outside partners are mutually beneficial: we help them to fulfill their vision, and our partners teach us and help us to grow in Christlike character and maturity. Partnerships are an opportunity for us to grow in:
Our vision is for every regular attendee and member to actively serve in our community. If you would like to serve in the community in any way, there are two things you can do:
There are many individuals and organizations that are doing good work in our community—far more than we could sustain formal ties with. Instead of officially partnering with everybody, Christ Church chooses to partner with a small number of organizations that (1) have a clear mission, (2) effectively execute their vision, (3) fill a strategic need, and (4) would benefit from our involvement. These partners are:
Administer Justice is a 501(c)3 based in Elgin, IL. Through their partnership, dozens of churches, including Christ Church Chicago, have established Gospel Justice Centers offering legal aid to those in need of justice, freedom, and hope. Clients can visit our Gospel Justice Center to talk with real lawyers and, if they so desire, enjoy hospitality and receive prayer. For more information on how to receive affordable legal aid, click here.
Door of Hope Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered and Bible-based transformation partner supplying transitional housing for homeless men in Chicago’s Washington Park community. It provides a safe and clean environment; aids in access to social, medical, and vocational services; and provides practical help for those who truly want change. A member of our church, David Pendleton, serves as its Executive Director.
Parkshore Nursing Home is a rehabilitation and skilled nursing center located in the Woodlawn neighborhood. They provide 24-hour nursing, sub-acute rehabilitation services, and care for residents’ physical, mental, and/or geriatric needs. We partner with them by visiting weekly and holding a brief worship, prayer, and preaching service.
Young Life ministers to high school and middle school students on their own turf. Students attend Club, where they have fun playing games and hearing about the one true God who loves them. On the South Side, Young Life is currently at DuSable High School, UC Woodlawn and the University of Chicago Lab School. Our congregation has a long history of supporting Young Life with congregants serving on the Southside Young Life committee, participating in annual fundraising, and serving as student leaders.
We desire to see the good news of Jesus taken to the corners of the earth. Therefore, we partner with likeminded people all over the world. Through the leadership of our Global Ministry Partner Committee Team, our congregation stays informed and participates in the lives of those we support. We hold these individuals and families dearly for they all emerged from among us.
Bio and details forthcoming.
Kristen, CENTRAL ASIA
Kristen is part of a team that holistically ministers to refugees to show them Jesus’ love and share His truth. She works among Africans, Persians, Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans. Her work includes various facets such as leading an English program, visiting refugees in their homes, and coordinating programming for women and children.
Eric and Valerie (Zachary and Julia), CANADA
Bio and details forthcoming.
Derrick and Rae, UGANDA
Derrick and Rae work as church planters in Kampala with the aim of reaching both Ugandans and refugees from other East African countries. Derrick builds up, trains, and leads a core team that is planting Cross Fellowship Church. Rae partners with local non-profits by facilitating ESL trainings for teachers and refugees, while discipling some of the refugee women.
Jason and Laura (Cooper and Cory), ENGLAND
Bio and details forthcoming.
Sammy and Kelsey (Keturah, Caleb, and Timothy), CAMEROON
Sammy and Kelsey have been serving in Cameroon since 2009. Their work is focused on planting new churches among unreached people groups. They travel extensively through their local region to build relationships with churches and give themselves to training and mentoring African missionary candidates.
We are committed to loving our neighbors. Therefore, we support and partner with local groups, organizations, and schools.
Parkshore Estates Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (Woodlawn, Chicago)
Parkshore is a locally situated nursing facility serving long and short term residents with various needs. Over ten years ago, one of our pastoral team members launched a weekly Bible study among the residents, and the weekly gathering continues to this day.
Young Life (Southside, Chicago)
Young Life is a national non-profit organization focused on positively impacting the lives of youth by introducing them to Jesus Christ and helping then grow in faith. This particular chapter focuses upon the Southside of Chicago, where our congregation is situated. Our congregation has been involved in various capacities, whether serving as part of the volunteer staff in local schools, contributing to their annual chili cook off, or providing financial support.
William Ray Elementary School (Hyde Park, Chicago)
Ray School is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic public elementary school situated in our neighborhood context. We regularly volunteer to help at school wide events and come alongside their Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) to help as we are able.
We believe the gospel is growing. Therefore, it is necessary to have “gospel communities” that are tangible representations of God’s kingdom on earth. As a result, we are committed to partnering with organizations who desire to see local church congregations planted and established.
Neopolis is a city-facing, multi-ethnic, global network and family of churches. Neopolis works with existing churches to plant churches. Birthed out of Holy Trinity Church (of which our congregation emerged), Neopolis has been a catalyst to gospel movements. Through the efforts of Neopolis, over two dozen churches have been planted in the city of Chicago alone. These efforts span globally as well with congregations in Kenya and Cuba.
We are passionate to see Christians strengthened in their faith, particularly in reading and handling the Bible. Therefore, we join hands with likeminded organizations who seek to help equip Christians.
The Charles Simeon Trust
The Charles Simeon Trust (CST) is a ministry that seeks to promote the growth of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the world by training up the next generation of biblical expositors. Founded and chaired by David Helm, our senior pastor, the international organization trains over 3000 men and women annually and offers an online platform for those who desire to further develop their Bible handling. Thirty percent of Pastor Helm’s time is devoted to the ongoing work of CST.