In the Beginning
Christ Covenant Church of Chicago traces its history to a handful of men and families. We first gathered together in the fall of 2004 in Algonquin, IL to share our deep burdens, vision and prayers for the body of Christ, the Church. We prayed for God’s guidance in establishing a new local church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, a church that would not be sectarian or divisive, but would seek to walk in love and unity with the Greater Church, holding fast, without compromise, to the truth once and for all delivered to the saints.
With the Apostle Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 4:1-6 as our motto, Christ Covenant Fellowship of Chicago was born. From the outset, the vision was clear to all members. CCFC’s purpose was to deepen unity and fellowship in Christ in preparation for the future task of establishing a local church. We devoted strength to the true worship of the triune God and to the study of God’s word, sharing faith, life and convictions in the bond of peace.
Fellowship of the Saints
For the next three and a half years, we met weekly in homes to deepen our understanding of Biblical worship. We used our time to study the Bible, the historic Christian faith expressed in creeds and confessions of the church, to pray, sing psalms and hymns, and for joyful fellowship in the Lord. We continued to seek broader fellowship and unity with likeminded churches and developed close relationships with Cornerstone Reformed Church in Carbondale, IL and other churches across the nation and abroad. We did this in faithfulness to the truth that a local church is a historical and geographical manifestation of the entire body of Christ, and therefore should be vitally connected with the greater Church Universal.
During this time of prayer and preparation, our fellowship did not replace the weekly gathering of the saints on each Lord’s Day. Until the time that our fellowship was constituted as a church, all of those attending CCFC continued to faithfully attend local congregations ministering in both word and sacrament, in obedience to the Scripture (Hebrews 10:25).
A New Church is Born
In October of 2007, it became clear that the time to establish a local church had come. Christ Covenant Church of Chicago was constituted with duly elected elders and charter members in January of 2008. By then, we were in active fellowship with churches in Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches and had received valuable advice, counsel and encouragement from them.
Joining the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC)
In October of 2008, we were invited to the CREC Council/Presbytery Meeting in Conroe, TX and received sponsorship from Cornerstone Reformed Church (Carbondale, IL) to become a candidate church of the CREC.
On September 21, 2010 at the Tyndale Presbytery meeting in Springfield, Missouri, our church was received into full membership of the the CREC. Today, Christ Covenant Church of Chicago enjoys full fellowship with many churches across America and abroad.
Committed to Christian Unity
Since the beginning, we have extended our fellowship beyond our own denomination to likeminded seminaries and churches in other denominations. We have invited to our pulpit pastors and ministers from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC), and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), faculty members and seminarians from the Wheaton College Graduate School of Biblical and Theological Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and Mid-America Reformed Seminary (MARS). This is in keeping with our commitment to encourage and promote truth and unity within the greater body of Jesus Christ worldwide.
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,
Entreat you to walk
In a manner worthy of the calling
With which you have been called,
With all humility and gentleness, with patience,
Showing forbearance to one another in love,
To preserve the unity of the Spirit
In the bond of peace.
There is One body and One Spirit,
Just as also you were called
In One hope of your calling; One Lord,
One faith, One baptism,
One God and Father of all
Who is over all and through all
and in all.