Alpha small groups are open to all new believers or folks wanting to learn more about Christianity. To learn more about COTB Alpha please check out this video: youtu.be/jlzSgGz-vos
If you'd like to join the next season of ALPHA small group as a leader or member or have any questions please sign up or leave your questions here: bit.ly/cotbalpha.
Please join us this fall as we'll be hosting a missions trip here in Chicago! We'll have the opportunity to serve with all of our Chicago Church plants together and outreach to those surrounding communities.
We want to see the Gospel transform Chicago with our Beloved brothers and sisters, and to build up our local Beloved Network together!
Date: September 3 - 9
Cost: Students $200/Non-Students $250
Application Link: bit.ly/FallMission2017
Happy New Year everyone! Join us as we start 2017 as a church body reading the Word together! Our hope is that every single person will spend quality time reading the Bible daily, discovering the truth and beauty of God's Word.
We are using a year-long Bible reading plan called "Read Scripture" which supplements the reading with amazingly creative videos (produced by the Bible Project) that explain every book of the Bible, major theological themes of the gospel, and tips on how to read the Bible.
Starts: Sunday, Jan 1, and goes on throughout the entire year. You can join in anytime!
Download the Bible Reading Plan: Check out readscripture.org or go to your App store (available in Android, iOS, or web version) - search for "Read Scripture" by Crazy Love Ministries
Signup to receive updates & encouragement: bit.ly/readbiblesignup
We exist to see the Gospel transform people into Spirit-filled disciples, who know they are the beloved of God, because of Christ alone.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is at the center of our ministry. The 'gospel' is the good news that through Christ the power of God's kingdom has entered history to redeem us from our sins and to renew the whole world. In Jesus, God became man, lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death and rose victoriously from the grave. In his death, he took our place, paying the penalty for our sins and experiencing the holy wrath of God. He rose again from the dead claiming final victory over sin, satan and death. When we believe and rely on Jesus' work and record, rather than our own, we receive the free gifts of forgiveness, salvation and righteousness. We are given a new relationship with God, new life through the Spirit, a new identity in Christ and a new mission for our lives.
Our Identity: The primary identity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is revealed in His baptism. The Holy Spirit descends on the Son, and the Father proclaims “You are my son, whom I love, with you I am well-pleased.” This is the same identity we receive when we trust in Christ. In that moment, we are united with Christ, and so we too are the beloved son and daughter of the Father, whom He loves, with whom He is well pleased.
Our Mission: Being firmly rooted in our identity as the beloved of God through Christ alone, we are compelled to go out into the world (both locally and globally) to share with others this good news. Christ commissions us when he says, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you (John 20:21).” Our mission is to be the “sent-ones,” who go into our community and our world, sharing the gospel and praying that it transforms them into Spirit-filled disciples who know that they are the beloved of God, through Christ alone.
Our Message: The gospel of Jesus Christ is the core of our message. We are committed to preaching and teaching the entire Scriptures faithfully. Jesus taught that all of Scripture testifies about him (Luke 24:27). Therefore, our preaching and teaching will be centered on proclaiming Christ and His gospel. The gospel needs to be preached to both the unbeliever and the believer. For the unbeliever it is the power of God for their salvation. For the believer is the power of God for their sustenance and their on-going sanctification. We want to teach our people to preach the gospel to themselves daily, as they spend time in the Word and in prayer.
Prayer is a gift made possible by the work of Jesus Christ. As children of God, we now have access to His presence and power. In prayer we recognize our utter dependence on the Spirit to transform us into Christ’s likeness and to empower us for His mission. One of the great sins of today is our self-reliance or self-dependence. Instead of boasting in our weakness and relying fully on His perfect strength and grace, we rely on our own strength. In prayer, this lie is torn down, and we find ourselves fully surrendered to Christ, in a position of humility and submission. At the same time, knowing our standing in Christ, we boldly come to the throne of grace seeking mercy and grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). We practice such dependent prayer weekly during our worship service, but also during gatherings devoted to prayer. We also want to teach and encourage our people to set aside a specific time and place each day to seek God in prayer.
All of us are created to worship. We were created to worship the one and only true God, but in our sin, we have worshipped created things, rather than the creator (Romans 1:25). Through the gospel, our hearts are transformed, and we are redeemed so that we can worship Christ alone. Worship is not passive or a repetitive routine. Worship that is in truth and in the Spirit, is to be passionate, alive and expressive. We follow David’s example, who worshipped “before the Lord with all his might (2 Samuel 6:14).” We want to do this in our corporate gatherings in the weekend services, as well as privately in our times spent with God. Worship includes, passionately engaging in praise, joyfully hearing the Word of God, gratefully participating in the sacraments and cheerfully giving our tithes and offerings.
We live, as sent-ones, on mission for God wherever we go and whatever we do. Living missionally touches every arena of our lives, as we seek opportunities to share the love of Christ to everyone and in every way. Being missional includes the following:
Missions & Evangelism: Jesus had a passion for the lost. We must grow to have the same heart and passion as Christ. Our passion is see the lost come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, both in our local communities and among the nations. We intentionally share the gospel, both with our lives and our words, as we go into our communities and to the nations.
Mercy & Social Concern: Jesus also had a passion for the “least of these,” including the poor, the hungry, the orphaned and others in extreme need. We are committed to being a light to the community around us. We want to impact and bless our community by identifying and addressing the extreme needs all around us. As part of our strategy, we will seek to partner with existing ministries to most effectively meet the needs of the community in sustainable ways.
Radical generosity: One of the evidences of how much the gospel has changed us is in our generosity. Knowing the “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich (2 Cor. 8:9),” we are moved to radical generosity, so that others may be blessed and ultimately give thanks and glory to God.
Church planting: We are a church committed to reproducing and multiplying. The goal of our mission is for the expansion of the Kingdom of God, not merely our local church. We want to be a church that plants churches that plants churches. We want to recruit, train and support other pastors, leaders and core team members to be on mission through planting of local churches throughout the US and the world.
This is the ethos of our ministry. Our God is a relational God, eternally enjoying the community and love within the Trinity. Part of being created in God’s image means that we are created to be in a living, dynamic relationship with God and with one another. Our ministry flows from people who are in relationship with their God, and seek out authentic, caring relationships with others. Christ gave us this relational model of ministry, in the way he poured himself out to his disciples, in the way he dined with sinners and in the way he loved those around him. We want to model this same relational ministry.
Fellowship, Community & Discipleship: We seek to do life together the way the early church modeled community. We seek to be intentional about sharing our lives with each other through encouragement, generosity, speaking the Word to one another, serving one another, confessing sins to one another, praying and building each other up in Christ. We will do this through small groups (Life Groups) that will meet regularly. Fellowship comes from a shared identity as children of God, a shared service and mission, and a shared responsibility to one another (adapted from John Stott.) We believe that a significant part of true discipleship happens as believers do life together.
Pastor David Choi has ministered in many diverse contexts from Asian churches to multiethnic, inner city churches to overseas missions. Pastor Dave graduated from both Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
He has been an active member of the Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization, a global congress of thousands of leaders from almost every country in the world. Pastor Dave participated in the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010, the most diverse gathering of evangelical leaders in the history of the church. He is an international speaker, having spoken in countries throughout the world. He has also spoken in many top universities like Cornell, the University of Chicago, MIT, Wheaton, and Harvard.
In his spare time, he enjoys being with close friends, rooting for the six time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, and meeting ex NBA players like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.
Grace Kim graduated from Wheaton Graduate School, with a Masters in Evangelism and Leadership. Her pursuits there stemmed from her time in college. During her undergraduate years at Florida State University, God led her to read the book of Hosea for the first time and within the first three chapters God led her to full-time ministry.
Before coming on staff at COTB, Grace worked on developing discipleship in youth and college ministry in various ministries. She then served with Latin America Mission (LAM) as a Missions Coach. Through LAM, she helped pre-missionaries and coached them throughout their process of moving into their mission field in Mexico City.
Grace has seen the beauty of the Gospel transform people in the past four years serving at COTB. This has increased Grace’s desire to advance evangelism, by developing missional opportunities locally, domestically, and internationally. After serving as the Administrative Director at the Downtown campus for the past 3 years, Grace steps into the role of Outreach & Missions Director in January 2017.
In her spare time, she enjoys hosting fellowship gatherings, trying different kinds of recipes, reading popular fiction, and watching Korean variety shows.
Lauren Keys graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor's degree in Christian Formation and Ministry and a certificate in Youth Ministry. She has worked in a variety of ministry settings spanning multiple cultural contexts and age groups. Lauren felt led to vocational ministry after discovering the power of God's Word in her own life. After acute experiences with the Bible as living and active during a summer spent in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, an unshakable desire to share this truth with others has shaped her life. She landed at Church of the Beloved in August of 2012 and has since fallen in love with the people of Chicago, and is excited to continue to see the Lord move in this city.
In her free time, Lauren can be found crossing off restaurants on her never-ending Chicago-Must-Eat-List, rooting on the multiple sports teams her husband Jeremy has coaxed her into following, and hosting others in their kitchen with freshly baked treats. Lauren and Jeremy are already taking name recommendations for (distant) future little Key's kids, including but not limited to: Dawn, Cook, or Mon. The combinations with a last name like Keys are countless.
Mikaela Betts has been a part of the Church of the Beloved since its start in 2012. Since then she has served in various ways in the church, but has found her niche directing Children’s Ministry. Coming to Christ at a young age, she has developed a passion for helping children to know their belovedness and live their callings as disciples of Christ.
Mikaela was born and raised in Oakland California, but she felt a call to the city of Chicago as she came for college at the University of Chicago. She graduated from UChicago with a bachelor's in sociology and public policy and is currently pursuing a masters in teaching at the Urban Teacher Education Program. Mikaela is preparing for a career in teaching and has a passion to see the hope of Christ be brought to Chicago public schools.
In her free time she can be found making food for friends with a big smile on her face or making people laugh in small group.
Sue Yi was a Chicago Public School teacher and taught 3rd grade for fifteen years. Then in 2013, she went to Thailand as a full time missionary and taught English to underprivileged children for almost three years. Now that she is back in Chicago, God has opened her eyes to this city and it has become her new mission field. She has a heart for the broken and those who are lonely, and she is excited to see what God has in store for the International Service. She feels so blessed to be part of the COTB family and loves how gospel-centered Church of the Beloved is.
Sue is a die-hard Cubs fan and follows all of the Chicago sports teams. She also enjoys going to sporting events and it's on her bucket list to visit every major ballpark in the U.S. She loves traveling, eating, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and getting to know people on a deeper level.
Eugenia Kang, a 2nd generation pastor's kid, was born in Chicago, grew up in Florida, and spent the majority of her adult life in New York City. In the Fall of 2014, God led Eugenia and her family back to Chicago and to the Church of the Beloved.
A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in public relations, Eugenia worked in the internet industry for 9 years before joining the COTB staff. She also served on the core team and as the admin of a church plant in Manhattan. Eugenia's passionate about helping young churches grow and connecting people to each other.
In her spare time she can be found at various parks around Chicago chasing her two young sons with her husband Ethan, drinking iced coffee, and cheering for the Florida Gators.
After heeding the call to full-time ministry, David Otuwa attended Wheaton College where he graduated with a degree in Bible and Theology. He has been blessed with the opportunity to serve in a variety of ministries from tutoring kids in the inner-city to teaching English in China.
After a short sabbatical in Seattle, he returned to Chicago with the hope of joining Church of the Beloved in their mission to transform the world through the Gospel.
During his free time, David can usually be found eating or watching sports (often simultaneously). He is also a big fan of Settlers of Catan which he has never lost in.
Sarah Longing is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary. Her background is in education and she has recently joined the staff to foster women’s discipleship at Church of the Beloved. She has a passion to see women fall in love with the truth of God’s Word and actively apply those truths to their lives.
In her free time, she spends many hours at the dog beach trying to convince her rescue pup that the water will not kill him.
Leader: Bernard Chae
The Audio Team takes care of sound-related needs for the Downtown Service.
Leader: Mikaela Betts
Children’s Ministry Vision We exist to see the Gospel transform children into Spirit-filled disciples, who know they are the beloved of God, because of Christ alone. We do this by establishing the foundations and basics of the Bible and Christian living through Bible stories and Jesus’ teaching, testimonies and interactive activities at an age appropriate level. When many people think back on their Sunday school experiences they remember learning Christian basics and a fear of the Lord, but not the Gospel. In our ministry we strive to teach our children from infancy not to do good and be better, but to recognize their faults and learn to turn to God from a young age- to know that their worth is not defined by their behavior but rather by Jesus’ work. All we have to do in response is accept God’s love and try to be more like Jesus. We hope to cultivate a radical group of kids that will think differently about their school work and activities, that will have an incredible confidence in Christ no matter how they perform, that can share openly and know they are loved by God and our church members and ultimately be able to naturally share the Gospel with others. Our hope is not only that our children would be transformed, but that parents would be reached as well! Our Curriculum Based on the award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible, the Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum brings to life Bible stories from both the Old and New Testament. Children learn that every story in the Bible points to Jesus — and what that means for them! It invites children to discover for themselves the one who is at the center of God’s great rescue story — and at the center of their story, too. Children learn that the Bible isn’t just a book of rules or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a story. And at the center of that story is a baby. And every single story in the Bible whispers his name. Our Structure Children begin their time in the service with their families during worship and then are walked downstairs to our children’s room. Children from 12 months old through elementary school are welcome to join. Our time with our kids starts with parents signing in each child and children playing, as they build relationships with our leaders and each other. We then move into a time of activities, Bible reading and story reinforcement crafts and activities together. We end with a time in snack and prayer and then allow children to play as they are picked up. Volunteer with our Kids! Our Children’s Ministry team is one of the most thoughtful, creative and enjoyable groups of people in our church and city! Each one of our volunteers loves our kids and is excited to see them learn and grow spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically as they each are treasured in our church. If you would like to volunteer with our ministry or learn more please contact our director, Mikaela Betts, for more information! Questions? Comments? In case of any questions, comments or concerns please contact the Church of the Beloved Director of Children’s Ministry, Mikaela Betts, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leader: Lauren Keys
Leader: David Otuwa
Students from all over Chicago and the surrounding cities call COTB their church home. Our college ministry gathers several times a year for church-wide fellowships and prayer meetings as well as our annual College Retreat! Please sign up for more info!
Leader: Diana Ahn
Our Media Team is responsible for filming and editing each week's message for folks that aren't physically able to be with us on Sundays.
Leader: Joe Chen, Matt Malossi & Alex Haskins
All brothers are welcome to join our ministry and find accountability, fellowship and discipleship!
Leader: Christina Shin & Joanne Yi
We want to make sure all newcomers to our church get connected to the happenings of COTB.
Leader: Grace Kim
Our Outreach Ministry works with various organizations around Chicago and internationally to share the Gospel as well as provide assistance to those in need.
Leader: Christine Han
Join our Prayer Ministry as we gather every Sunday before and after service to pray as well as monthly for prayer night.
Leader: Sammie Muzikowski
Our Social Committee plans church-wide fellowships, sporting events and fun, seasonal get togethers!
Leader: Marisa Lee
Responsible for the behind the scene production of our service, the General Sunday Service Team works with the Audio, Worship and Order of Service to produce our weekly services.
Leader: Alex Malossi & Katherine Kaiser
Our Visual Team is responsible for the visuals you see each Sunday during service.
Leader: AJ Johri, Naomi Peterson, & Rebekah Kang
The Welcome Team strives to set a culture of hospitality at COTB. Greeting everyone on Sunday, setting out food and making sure our guests are ushered to their seats are among some of the main responsibilities for our team members. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Leader: Sarah Longing
All women are invited to join the Women's Ministry for Bible study, prayer and discipleship.
Leader: Mike Hwang
Our Worship Team leads us weekly in praise.