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.

Truly, Deeply, Forever & Always

Don’t miss a very special Pride Service as we head back into the world after being isolated for so long! There is much to celebrate and this year we’ll be blessed by our own Janice Beard as our guest preacher, along with amazing music from the pen of Stevie Wonder. God loves us truly, deeply, forever and always. That’s more than enough to rejoice over!
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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
June 10, 2021

CALL AND RESPONSE

Dear Gatherers, Our Exodus journey continues with another pivotal event: Moses’s burning bush encounter with God. (Click here to read this week’s passage.) In the popular imagination, this is one of…
Weekly Update
June 2, 2021

A SUMMER UNLIKE ANY

Dear Gather Family and Friends, A summer unlike any we’ve ever known is opening its arms to us. After 15 long months of isolation and hyper-vigilance, we’re experiencing the first…
Weekly Update
May 27, 2021

TIME FOR A RUMMAGE SALE

Dear Gather Family and Friends, In her 2008 book The Great Emergence, the late (also great) Phyllis Tickle described the Church’s “500-Year Rummage Sale,” proposing that every five centuries or so…

Contact.

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312-399-3910