Better Together

At Missio Dei, we long to join God as He makes all things new, and we live this out daily in our local congregations and contexts.  We also long to lift our gaze to something greater - the larger story of God's work in and through His people collectively in this broken, lovely, complicated city of Chicago. Our hope is to unite our hearts in Christ among our various congregations, and cast a vision for how our individual stories intertwine into God's grander narrative. How we are, indeed, Better Together. Below are a few of the rhythms and resources that we share as one church.



While our leaders cherish the chance to serve the body, we also know that time away with other leaders for refreshment, equipping, vision, and encouragement is necessary and life-giving.  Longevity in ministry in a city like Chicago doesn’t happen by accident. It is only possible by sharing the burden together with brothers and sisters who take the time to point one another back to JESUS and to remind one another that proper rest and refreshment are an important part of remaining a sustainable presence in our city.



We are truly better together. Once a year, we gather together as one church for an All Family Gathering. We worship together. We share stories of what GOD’s been doing in our midst. We together hear the teaching of the Word. Our time of worship and exhortation is followed by a family picnic to complete a wonderful morning of celebrating unity with our family of JESUS! Sometimes there’s cotton candy and bouncy houses, and sometimes there’s pie and photo booths - but there’s always fun when the family celebrates together! Learn more about our next All Family Gathering here.



We have congregations and gospel communities in more than 20 neighborhoods in Chicago. God is moving uniquely in each context, but we rarely get to hear the stories of how He is using His people for the furtherance of the Kingdom. The city is fast paced. Our lives are busy. We seek to provide a simple newsletter that captures snapshots of what God is doing on the grander scale of Missio Dei Chicago in a format that reminds us all that He is active and moving through His Church in the city. If you’d like to subscribe to our mailing list, simply fill out this form and you’ll receive our newsletter every few months.  



As we look around Chicago, and around our four congregations, we long to equip our church family not only to be on mission together, but also to thrive in the city.  To this end, we provide opportunities throughout the year to be equipped, encouraged, challenged, and to be pointed back to our first love, Jesus. Two examples are our Evenings of Pursuit and 24 Hours of Pursuit, a pursuit of the power and presence of the Spirit in our midst.  We long to seek Him together, and we are simply creating a space for prayer, worship and seeking together as part of the broader Missio Dei family. To learn more, contact us.



RENEW is designed to help married couples flourish according to God's design, with practical help on topics like sex, communication, conflict and family.  We will have professional speakers joining us in a comfortable, approachable environment. If you’ve been married for one day or several decades, this event is for you! Once a year we hold a marriage workshop to build into our couples and families by providing a space for each person to learn new skills, realize how GOD has wired them, and provide a safe space where we can learn from one another. To learn more, contact us.



Advent is the first season in the Christian calendar and lasts about four weeks—it begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means coming or visit. Advent is recognized as the season of preparation before Christmas. As we prepare, we remember history’s longing for a future king before Jesus’ birth and what it would have been like to wait and wonder. Advent is a time for telling the truth—the truth of our weariness and our anxiety, yes, but also the truth of the relentless generosity of God, which opens up futures that seem to be shut down by the systems of our world. Advent is the season of expectancy, of preparation, of longing. Advent is a season of reflection, so its purpose is primarily to provide the space and freedom to both feel and understand what it means to wait on God.