When we say, “church is a verb” we mean it.

To gather goes beyond assembling for worship. We gather our best gifts to strengthen our community.

Summer hangs around a while longer these days and Gather is excited about keeping it safe and sound with live outdoor worship, followed by a rich and uplifting online experience later in the month. If you’re in Chicago, plan now to be with us on Sunday, September 12, at McKinley Park (Pershing between Damen and Leavitt), as we come together for worship and stay for the dance. Then on 9/26 we’ll be together as a full community for our virtual worship—O Taste and See. Don’t miss these amazing opportunities for praise and community!
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What is Gather?

We are a new Christian community coming to life in the Austin-Oak Park area of Chicago. With the New Testament church as our model, we are authentically Pentecostal, based on the prophecy spoken by St. Peter at the Day of Pentecost: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17). Because we believe “all” means all, we strive to be:

  • Ecstatically inclusive
  • Theologically progressive
  • Socially committed
  • Scripturally sound
  • Spiritually adventurous

Why “Gather”?

When we say, “church is a verb” we mean it. To gather goes beyond assembling for worship. We gather our best gifts to strengthen our community. We gather around our struggles, knowing God stands with us. We gather new understanding and wisdom as we study, worship, and support one another in the faith.

What’s the plan?

Gather’s approach to community follows its philosophy of faith formation. We begin everything with prayerful attention to the Word, believing that’s where wisdom and guidance are found. We move to Work that responds to the claims placed upon us as followers of Jesus. Finally, our attention turns to Worship, as that is the rightful celebration of any people whose faith is grounded in the Word and animated in their Work.

Weekly Update
September 22, 2021

WHO’S LISTENING, WHO’S TALKING

Dear Gatherers, I’ve been thinking about a conversation I had several years ago with a mainline Protestant pastor. “We don’t evangelize,” she said with a stern expression. As a newcomer…
Weekly Update
September 15, 2021

LIVING LETTERS

Hello, Gather friends and family.   About a decade ago, the United Church of Christ launched a print and TV campaign with this message: Never put a period where God…
Weekly Update
September 10, 2021

ARE YOU SATISFIED?

Something to Think About This Week   Are you satisfied? Did you impulsively answer, “Of course not. Never!”? As participants in a relentlessly commercialized, competitive, capitalist culture, we’re conditioned to be…

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