Who We Are...
Members of Northminster, 600 individuals, are diverse in many ways. We come from all over the United States and represent broad interests; varying religious backgrounds and spiritual orientations; different lifestyles; a multiplicity of talents; and a rich variety of personal, social, and political concerns. We also seek avenues to diversity through our outreach in minority communities and by our commitment to social justice.
At Northminster, we continue to value the traditions of our founding members. Northminster members seek a deeper relationship with God through worship, prayer, personal study, and service to others. We gather as a community to worship God and grow in communion with God. We respect preaching of the Word that is theologically sound, spiritually challenging, and practical in its application.
Northminster offers opportunities to study the written Word and teach our children about God's love. Creative, energetic teachers and staff lead Christian education programs. The recently updated Guide for Christian Education augments our spiritual development. It underpins the written curriculum and provides a practical outline for education at church and home.
In response to inequities, violence, and suffering in our immediate and global communities, we witness the love of God through service to others. We are an inclusive congregation, and actively support a more inclusive denomination. We support the many members of Northminster who live out their faith by volunteering for social and political causes. Northminster's legacy of service to others remains vital. We mentor young people in education/life skills, feed those in soup kitchens, offer hospitality and shelter to homeless families on the North Shore through the Family Promise Program, fund disaster relief efforts in Central America and Europe, serve sandwiches with The Night Ministry on the streets of Chicago, and advocate worldwide peace efforts.
Because of God's reconciling and healing work through Jesus Christ, we are also charged with a ministry of reconciliation. In addition to Northminster's mission work, we are a community of hospitality and care. We pray for each other, struggle to accept each other's differences, and have fun together. We repent any hurt we cause each other; and, as we seek God's forgiveness, we also seek to be forgiving. We reach out to comfort those among us who are in crisis, sick, homebound, or who suffer emotional wounds.
We contribute our time, our talents, and our financial resources -- sharing God's gifts through our community of faith.