What do I wear to church?
Feel free to come as you like! Participants in our Classic Traditional services tend to dress in business casual or more formal attire as a way of expressing the special honor they feel for God. Worshippers at our Contemporary services tend to dress more casually, including jeans and sneakers. You can count on being warmly welcomed however you choose to come. The Bible says "human beings look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart," (1 Samuel 16:7).
Can I have my child baptized at Christ Church?
We would love to make that possible! Parents wanting to have their children baptized normally attend a one-session class that unpacks what baptism is all about and how Christ Church aims to support spiritual growth in families. You can register for this by contacting our Worship Ministry at 630.321.3926. Because we understand the sacrament of Baptism to be a sign of entrance into the life of discipleship (Matthew 28:20), those bringing children for baptism will be active members of Christ Church or some other church where they can actually grow up in the life of Christian discipleship.
I am going through a tough time. Who can I talk to?
If you have a sense of connection with a particular Christ Church staff person, feel free to contact them directly, especially if you are in or interested in their specific midsize community. If you are not sure where to start, feel free to speak with our Pastoral Care Ministry at 630.321.3936. They can help you choose from a variety of options for care available through Christ Church.
Do you offer counseling?
Christ Church does not have professional counselors using our facilities. If you desire a referral for professional counseling, Pastor Rick Glyman would be pleased to suggest Christian counselors with experience in your particular situation. He can be reached at 630.321.3936.
What is Christ Church's stance on marriage and sexuality issues?
We are a diverse community of far-from-perfect people striving to live within the love of God and under the authority of God's Word in Scripture. We seek to uphold the biblical standard of chastity in singleness and fidelity in marriage, understood to be the covenant between a man and a woman. See our Policy Statement on Redemptive Community and Marriage. Although we do not perform same-sex weddings, the Church does not actively examine or exclude people on the basis of their sexual orientation. Though homosexuality and abortion are given more frequent focus in popular culture, Christ Church views adultery, fornication, pedophilia, and pornography as issues of human brokenness every bit as needful of Gods' truth and grace. Persons with a different view on these matters are welcome to the fellowship here, but are not placed in leadership positions in the church. The church takes strong measures to prevent children and adults alike from sexual exploitation by any staff or church member. See our Child Protection Policy.
Is Christ Church affiliated with any denomination?
No. Christ Church is an independent, non-denominational, community church. Our membership comes from Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and "none of the above" backgrounds. Its pastoral staff members are drawn primarily from the evangelical wing of the reformed theological tradition.
Are Christ Church's facilities available for outside use?
Christ Church facilities are dedicated to the worship of God, the spiritual growth of people and the advancement of the Christian mission. Christ Church's facilities are not generally available for public usage, and activities or events conducted or sponsored by Christ Church have first priority. However, to the extent that space in Christ Church facilities is available, the church will typically consider applications for use of such space by qualified persons for activities or events conducted on a one-time or continuing basis provided that such use is not inconsistent with the dedicated purpose. We are currently unable to accept any new facilities use requests for the remainder of 2016. For future dates, please see the Church’s Application for Facilities Use, the Facilities Use Policy, and Child Protection Policy for Facility Users.
What is Christ Church's vision for the future?
Christ Church wants to become the best possible place for individuals and families to authentically meet and worship the God of the Bible, to grow the kind of personal and relational health exemplified by Jesus, and to serve with passion the world God deeply loves. Rooted in the timeless values of Jesus' life, we are excited to seize whatever fresh means he shows us to embrace people and influence for the good an ever-changing society and planet. Great worship, growth-enhancing communities, and life-changing servant-love is what we want to be all about.
How is Christ Church structured?
Christ Church is governed by a Constitution, which sets forth both the fundamental faith covenants of the Church (see “What Does Christ Church Believe” below) and the general rules of governance. Under the Constitution, Christ Church is governed by a board of Trustees who provide financial, administrative, and personnel oversight for the church, and by a board of Elders who partner with the professional staff in the spiritual nurture of the Congregation. Trustees and Elders are elected for fixed terms of office by vote of the Congregation and are nominated on the basis of spiritual maturity and proven ministry gifts. The Senior Pastor serves as the chairman of both the Trustees and the Elders, but is specifically accountable to the Board of Trustees and Congregation. As with most large churches, Christ Church depends heavily upon the day-to-day leadership of hundreds of volunteers and teams, supported by a paid staff who view their role as equipping the Congregation as the primary ministers of the church.
Does Christ Church practice the ministry of healing?
Yes. The church regularly provides places for you, your loved ones, and friends to be specifically prayed for whether the need is for healing of body, mind, relationships, or spirit. We offer a wide variety of support groups, practical assistance ministries, and spiritual direction resources aimed at growing or restoring health on many levels.
What does Christ Church believe?
As disciples of Jesus Christ, the Christ Church community holds to the convictions described below. If you are just inquiring about the Christian faith, we warmly welcome you and your questions as we seek God's truth and grace together.
The Authority of Scripture. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God and the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.
The Triune God. There is one and but one living and true God, subsisting in three persons the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit equal in power and glory. This triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all.
The Saving Work of Jesus. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Through His life, death, and resurrection, an atonement was made for sin and redemption was provided for all mankind.
The Necessity of Personal Response. Repentance for sin and the acceptance of Jesus Christ as a personal Savior is the one and only way whereby sinful humanity can inherit eternal life.
The Renewing Work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit regenerates the soul of the believer and brings men and women into saved relations with God. He is the Comforter and Guide of all who receive Jesus Christ as a personal Savior.
The Historic Faith of the Church. The Apostles' Creed embodies the fundamental facts of the Christian faith.
(From the Constitution of Christ Church of Oak Brook, Article 3.)