ReMembering the Church

Restoring Unity in an Age of Fragmentation

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Join us as we take a fresh look at Scripture, history, and culture, entering more deeply into the mystery of Jesus’ prayer that we might be one, dwelling together in unity in His Church. We will ponder authentic catholicity as expressed in the Nicene tradition, the contemporary minimizing of ecclesiology in some evangelical circles and how to answer this, and the issues which continue to create substantial disunity among Christians. Finally, we will consider the Gospel summons to Biblical hospitality in life and mission as we live in a culture often hostile to Christ and His people.

Friday, October 16

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Christ Covenant Church of Chicago
2720 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 (View Map)


Session One: Nicene Ecclesiology, pt 1

  • The Church: One and Holy
    • What do we mean when we say, ‘Church’? What does the creed mean when it says we are One and Holy?

Saturday, October 17

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Harper College – Wojcik Conference Center
1200 W Algonquin Rd, Palatine, IL 60067 (View Map)

Session Two: Nicene Ecclesiology, pt 2

  • The Church: Catholic and Apostolic
    • What does the Creed mean when we confess to being Catholic and Apostolic?

Session Three: Find a Face: Dealing with Disembodied Disciples

  • Reasons People Abandon Church
    • Protestant Gnostics
    • What are the roots of people abandoning the Church while still claiming to be disciples of Christ? How can we help such Christians re-engage with Christian community that is Credal, Biblical, and vibrant?

Session Four: From Water to Wine – That Which Still Divides

  • A brief look at how sacraments both unite us and divide us, with a modest proposal for Reformed Catholicity in their ministry that might serve to build rather than burn bridges.

Session Five: Wearing Joseph’s Bloodstained Coat

  • Unintended Barriers and Intentional Bridges
    • Race and Ethnicity
    • Economics and Politics
    • Age and Song
    • Cosmos and Communion
    • Here we look at the non-doctrinal issues which often fragment Christian communities and communion; we will consider the possibility of each as an idol and how these may be overcome through the breadth of the Gospel.

5:30 p.m. Bonfire and fellowship (Early arrivals welcome)

Sunday, October 18

12:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Christ Covenant Church of Chicago
2720 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 (View Map)

Session Six: The Happy Benedict Option

  • The Church as Sanctuary and Feast
  • Cultivating Hospitality
    • Much has been made of the “Benedict Option”, with a special emphasis on withdrawal from culture to bear witness to and ultimately bring the Gospel and renewal back to culture. We will take a different approach, looking briefly at the Rule of St Benedict in regard to hospitality, and how our hearts must be transformed to serve as Hosts rather than act like guests in God’s house.

Session Seven: Worship Service, From Here to Eternity – Sermon by Rev. David Cassidy 

  • Co belligerents in a battle with hell for souls and society rather than competitors for members in church market
  • Exile and Restoration
    • The Apostle Peter spoke of God’s people as those living in exile. What did he mean and how does this apply to us today? How do we express solidarity with the suffering Church and how might our sufferings serve as mission and worship? In this we will turn to Christ who was invader, brother, servant, exile, and Lord as our Head and Life.