WHO WE ARE
Trinity got started in 1960 with one simple goal: to introduce other people to Jesus. For us, church isn’t a place we go to, but a calling that we embrace: to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the places where we live, work, and play.
Since that time, we have grown into a multisite congregation serving the greater Chicago area, and we would love to have you join us. Each week we gather at one of our three locations to worship God, learn from His Word, and connect in community. And then, throughout the week we meet in small groups to study Scripture together, build relationships, and serve our wider communities.
WHY WE'RE HERE
Our mission at Trinity is pretty simple: to help other people look, live, and love more like Jesus. Why? Because that is what Jesus himself told us to do. Following His resurrection, Jesus told his followers:
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20 niv)
A disciple is simply someone who is learning to become more like the person that they follow. Our desire is for everyone to not only meet Jesus, but also experience the joy of a life-long journey of walking with him.
As such, Trinity is a church where we want every person to better understand his/her identity in Christ, what it means to live out God’s purpose for his/her life, and be connected in genuine, transparent relationships with others.
WHAT WE VALUE
Everything that we do is grounded in five values that we believe paint a picture of what it means to live life as a follower of Jesus. Those values are:
Worship - Cultivating a Deeper Relationship with God
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”
~ Psalm 95:6-7
We believe worship is a vital way of nurturing our relationships with God. On Sundays, we make weekly in-person worship at one of our sites a high priority, gathering together around God, His Word, and the sacraments. During the week, we continue to worship God by spending time studying Scripture and praying.
Connect - Following Jesus Together
Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
Everyone needs a community where they can be loved, known, and encouraged in their growth. That is what small groups are all about. They are the places that we gather throughout the week to grow in relationship, share our stories, pray for each other, study the Bible, and learn to live out our faith in the context of community.
Serve - Being the Hands and Feet of Jesus Wherever He Sends Us
On the night he was betrayed, Jesus said. “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15
At Trinity, we want to help you learn about your God-given purpose and use your gifts for the sake of blessing others and addressing the problems of the world. You serve the Trinity family and your local neighborhood where you live, work, and play, through a Trinity ministry and through your own initiative. He has placed each one of us to make a loving difference.
Give - Practicing Joyful Generosity
“Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” Matthew 6:21
Jesus had more to say about money than any other topic because he believed that it reveals what we love most. This is why we practice generosity as a spiritual discipline. Some churches refer to this discipline as “tithing,” which means giving 10% of our income away. But being generous is about more than a minimum percentage. It means your heart is open to being cheerfully generous whenever God gives you an opportunity to do so.
That is why, here at Trinity, we believe we are called to use the financial and material gifts that God has given us to bless others and support the mission of helping people look, live, and love more like Jesus.
Go - Living on Mission with Christ
“If someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.” 1 Peter 3:15-16
Jesus loved spending time with spiritual seekers: listening to their stories, answering their questions, and inviting them to follow him. In fact, he was so passionate about this that he told his disciples to go and do likewise. As a church, we recognize that each of us has people in our lives who don’t yet follow Jesus, and God’s desire is that we would be the kind of people who lovingly point them to him. As such, Trinity is a place where it is okay for spiritual seekers to explore, ask their questions, and learn more about Christ. And we are a community that is regularly praying for, inviting, and walking alongside them as they explore faith.