The Chinese Christian Union Church was birthed in 1915 to reach the immigrant Chinese population inChicago for Jesus Christ. The latest census statistics indicate that this population, along with second generation Chinese, continues to flourish and grow. Thus our purpose as a church remains viable in the new millennium.
Our vision is to be a Great Commission Church that glorifies God by reaching out to Chinatown, Greater Chicago, and the world at large. Together we seek to be disciples of Christ who reflect His image and impact our world. To achieve this vision, these are the core values that will guide us:
A Commitment to Worship
. We believe that God created humanity with the capacity to worship and enjoy Him. Worship is that place where the created catch a glimpse of the Almighty Creator and respond with reverence and adoration. "Oh come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker" (Psalm 95:6). Therefore, we are committed to creating a worshipful atmosphere that is Godcentered, vibrant and inspiring whereby the people of God are ushered into the holy presence of God to worship in Spirit and in truth.
A Commitment to Prayer.
We believe that God delights in our prayers and that unceasing prayer is essential to an authentic and transforming relationship with Him (1 Thess. 5:17). Prayer is vital for developing a life of faith, deepening our understanding and love for God, and for seeking to know His will. Therefore, we are committed to building a prayer-saturated church where prayer permeates every ministry and is practiced by every member. We will prioritize prayer, both corporate and individual, so that we will be a church totally dependent upon God.
A Commitment to Biblical Teaching.
We believe that the Bible is God's fully inspired word (2 Tim. 3:16) with ultimate authority for every time and place. It forms the bedrock of our core beliefs and values, and expresses the essence of who God is, who we are, and what we aspire to be as God's children. Therefore, we are committed to sound biblical teaching and preaching so that we will be equipped to share God's truth in the world.
A Commitment to Missions.
The mission of the church is the Great Commission, a calling to reach the lost of the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:18-20). Through both local and global missions (Acts 1:8), God raises up worshippers from every people group through His church. Jesus shared the good news verbally but he also ministered to the physical needs of people, healing the ill and the lame, and feeding the hungry. Therefore we are committed to wholistic missions, with ministry to body, soul and spirit. We will engage both with our local community and with the nations of the world, serving all in the name of Jesus Christ.
A Commitment to Discipleship.
We believe that discipleship is the act of one person making an intentional impact on the life of another believer to become more like Christ (2 Timothy 2:2). Through a personal relationship with His disciples, Jesus modeled the virtues of one who follows God resulting in positive changes in their values, beliefs and lifestyle. Therefore we are committed to investing resources for the discipleship of all believers of all ages so that they will grow in maturity toward the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13).
A Commitment to Family Ministry. We believe that the church is the household of God (1 Tim. 3:15). As such, it should be multi-generational with people in every stage of life from newborns to senior citizens. Furthermore there should be cross-generational activity that connects us as a church family. Therefore, we are committed to creating a spiritual community where all are cared for and have a place of belonging regardless of age, gender or marital status.
A Commitment to Multiculturalism. We are a church family that speaks multiple languages and dialects, and are influenced by both Chinese and western culture. Scripture affirms that there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for all are one in Christ (Gal. 3:28). Therefore, while embracing our many differences we also are committed to speaking with one voice as we treat every member and each congregation fairly and equally.
A Commitment to Unity. We believe that church unity reflects the triune nature of God--Father, Son and Holy Spirit dwelling together as one (John 10:30; 2 Cor. 13:14). When believers love one another, their unity provides a powerful and appealing witness to the world. Therefore we are committed to seeking unity in the midst of our diversity as we value each other and seek to use our gifts to work together to build up the body of Christ.
Our ultimate desire and vision is to be a Christ-centered church on mission to impact our world. Despite our complexity as a multilingual, multigenerational and multisite church that meets in multiple locations, we seek to move forward as one body as summarized by this statement:
Many languages, One voice
Many generations, One identity
Many places, One home
One Church Serving Christ