Godʼs challenge for His people is to embody the love, grace and truth of Jesus Christ. That means nurturing a different culture, or ethos, than that which prevails outside His church. It means seeking and building relationships in which we consider othersʼ needs above our own. It means re-imagining our families, careers and legacies in the context of Godʼs overarching story. It means creating and inventing; serving and caring; knowing and being known. It means making a commitment to your community— not only your church family, but your friends, neighbors and coworkers in Chicago. That is the vision and call that guides Ethos Chicago. Itʼs a radical proposition that is as countercultural today as it was 2,000 years ago, and one that is impossible to fulfill without the transcendent power of God. Fortunately, He is alive, active, and dedicated to working through churches such as Ethos to transform our world, and bring healing to broken, hurting people and communities.
Ethos began worshipping together as a small church plant in 2009, and in 2010 moved its weekly worship services to the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater in Chicagoʼs Lincoln Park neighborhood. Weʼre still there, and in 2014 graduated from “church plant” status to a full-fledged, self-sufficient church of the Presbyterian Church in America. Our services are Biblical (we are rooted in the heritage of Reformed Theology); creative (there are a lot of artists, musicians and actors among us, and our services reflect that); and intimate (we love to hang out long after the service).
Thatʼs the view from 10,000 feet. If you want to dig in a little further, click one of the links at left to learn more about our small groups, college ministry, service initiatives and childrenʼs ministry. Youʼll find staff bios there, as well, plus some bonus theology for those of you who are interested. Of course, the best way to see what weʼre really about is to come check out Ethos for yourself. You can always find us at 10am on Sundays at the Biograph Theater or click here to see what else weʼve got going on right now.