ach and every experience, each and every person–all the moments past and prayed for– continue to shape the DNA of Church in the City. In May of 2004, Steve and Debra Sudworth set out with their family from South Africa, convinced of the call of God to plant a church here in Chicago. In the beginning, even when numbers were few and accommodations scarce, their faith remained strong that the Lord had a mighty destiny and a great inheritance for the city. Sometimes the journey was exhilarating, sometimes terrifying. But God’s faithfulness has always been sure.
Today, Church in the City still rests in that same, unchanging faithfulness of God. Throughout an amazing decade–and beyond– we find ourselves crying out to God for His purposes in our city. We cry out for the Kingdom of Jesus to have its rightful place– in restoration, healing, salvation, mercy and redemption. We seek to walk daily in grace and obedience to the Holy Spirit. The flavor of God’s presence– on earth as it is in heaven– this is the spiritual destiny of Chicago, a bold, creative and God-yearning city. Psalm 68 declares,
“A father to the fatherless, defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.God sets the lonely into families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…”
Our singular and unashamed pursuit is the glory of the Name of Jesus. And in that pursuit, we are a family. A family that seeks the ambitions of God in our city, our nation and beyond.