We gather once a month to pray for our city, church and communities. This month we'll be meeting on Sunday, February 19 after service in the fellowship hall.
When: Sunday, February 19
Where: Fellowship Hall
Questions? Email Prayer Ministry
Please support our China Missions Team by participating in their upcoming fundraisers! Before and after service, you can purchase coffee, bid on services mission team members will be auctioning off, and purchase tickets for their upcoming movie night on Sunday, March 5.
Sunday, Feb 19- Coffee & Bidding!
Sunday, Feb 26- Coffee, Bidding & Movie Night Ticket Pre-Sale!
Sunday, March 5- Coffee, Bidding & Movie Night!
If you have any question or would like to make a direct donation please contact Grace.
Are you new to COTB or would you like to meet more people? Please sign up to attend our next Newcomers Dinner on Sunday, Feb 26! We'll be meeting right after service in the fellowship hall.
Please sign up here: bit.ly/COTBNewcomersDinner
Ladies, please join the COTB Women's Ministry for the upcoming events:
1. 4 Week Bible Study- Join us as we walk through and encourage each other through Numbers and Deuteronomy. We will meet Sundays at 2:00p.m. in the fellowship hall of our church. We will start February 12 and will meet for 4 weeks. Hope to see you there!
When: Starts Sunday, February 12 for 4 weeks
Where: 935 N. Dearborn St. (church fellowship hall)
Registration: Please register here bit.ly/wmbiblestudy
Questions: Email Sarah.
2. IF:Gathering, an international movement of women used by God to equip and empower us to passionately serve the Lord right where we are. Come and watch the IF:Gathering simulcast with us, worship together, and maybe even go home with a door prize! This event is open to all women at COTB and a $5 donation is suggested at the door. Friday night dinner and Saturday morning breakfast and snacks will be provided.
When: February 24th (5-9pm) & Feb 25th (9-5p.m.)
Where: 1242 W. Addison St. Chicago, IL 60613
Registration: Please sign up here.
Questions: Email Sarah.
Our next membership class will be this summer. If you're interested please sign up on our Membership Class Interest Form: bit.ly/InterestFormMembership2017
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.
|Audio Team||Bernard Chae|
|Children's Ministry||Mikaela Betts|
|Church Life Admin Team||Lauren Keys|
|College Ministry||David Otuwa|
|General Sunday Service Team||Marisa Lee|
|Media Team||Diana Ahn|
|Men's Ministry||Joe Chen, Matt Malossi & Alex Haskins|
|Newcomers Ministry||Christina Shin & Joanne Yi|
|Outreach Ministry||Grace Kim|
|Prayer Ministry||Christine Han|
|Social Committee||Steve and Gloria Chong|
|Visual Team||Alex Malossi & Katherine Kaiser|
|Welcome Team||Jiannan Wang & Lauren Gross|
|Women's Ministry||Sarah Longing|
|Worship Team||Mike Hwang|
Vision: Children’s lives are moldable and full of teachable moments. We want to utilize this and lay up the foundation and basics of Christianity by having lessons based on Bible Stories and Jesus’ teaching.
Available every Sunday. For age 12 months and up.