Small Groups

Why join a small group?  Small groups are a great way to develop your understanding of scripture, build relationships and get connected at Ethos.

Ethos coordinates various small groups, and we’d love for you to join one. Please email Alex Schwaninger (, to learn more about our small groups, and find out where you might fit.

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And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47 ESV

The church.  It is much maligned in our culture and often even by those within it. Yet God has chosen to build his church out of broken and hypocritical people to be the community of the Redeemed. By living out the mission of God, we can exist for the life of the world: loving God, serving others, creating beauty, breaking bread, building community, we worship the Father, Son, and Spirit in the city of Chicago.

At Ethos, small groups are not just focus or affinity groups – they are instances of the church of Christ. We believe that by meeting together to experience God, serve the city, and walk together, we embody the gospel message of Christ locally in homes and cafes all over the city.  Like channels from a lake, we carry the love of Christ to each other throughout the week and throughout the neighborhoods of our city. Come join us – come to church.

Small groups exist to experience God, serve the city, and walk together.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  – St. Paul (Colossians 2:6-7)

The way this is practically worked out is simple yet profound. We study the Bible, pray together, hold each other accountable, and serve side by side.  Some groups read theology, others study a book of the Bible.  Some groups share requests for prayer, others spend a night in prayer once a month.  Some groups serve meals at a non-profit in the city, others collect  resources for those in need.  In every case, the groups are a vital part of Ethos’ vision to reach Chicago with the message of Christ.

Current Small Groups

Time: Tuesdays, 7:15pm
Place: 401 W. Webster, #409
Contact: Alex Schwaninger,

Time: Wednesdays, 7:15pm
Place: various homes
Contact: Gwen Daniels,

Various times and places.
Contact: Laura Schmidt,

Time: Tuesdays, 9:30am
Place: 3953 W. Waveland Ave #1.
Contact: Melissa Youngren,

Time: Fridays, 6:30am
Place: Starbucks at Diversey and Sheffield
Contact: Tim Lapetino,

Time:  Sundays
Place: 2749 N. Spaulding Ave.
Contact: Jeff and Marla Craven,

Time: Tuesdays, 8pm
Place: 3728 N Janssen Unit B