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.

In August, we’re all about translation—translating our faith narratives into stories that speak to people around us, and translating our actions into behaviors that reflect our Maker. Make sure you’re with us for live worship on August 14 and YouTube virtual worship on August 28. Then save your Thursdays in September when we engage in weekly conversations about capitalism and Christianity. Do they complement or contradict one another? We’ll find out!

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
July 29, 2022

Religious Rehab

Dear Gatherers,   Lately my head is swimming with so many thoughts. Headlines about the monkeypox surge’s impact on same-gender loving people. Will this be another time when pulpit quacks…
Weekly Update
July 12, 2022

Something in the Water

Dear Gatherers, I love to reimagine scenes from scripture in contemporary settings. For instance, the famous late-night discussion between Jesus and Nicodemus—where the leader discreetly engages the rabbi—is usually pictured…
Weekly Update
June 9, 2022

Happy Anniversary!

Dear Gatherers, A few heartfelt thoughts on our three-year anniversary. On June 9, 2019, we gathered in the chapel of Pilgrim Congregational Church for our first live worship experience. Over…

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