Who We Are

We live in a very unique moment in history. Our culture is increasingly polarized and marked by individualism. In many ways, our problems seem to be getting worse and the path forward is less and less clear. And in the midst of all of this, where is the church?

At the Branch, we believe that two millennia ago, a man named Jesus came describing a God who loved humanity with a ferocious and unique love that turned the hierarchy of the world upside down. In fact, we believe this man was God Himself and ultimately gave his life for the world and came back from the dead. What does this mean for today? By believing in and following Jesus, a life is offered to us all that actually can heal the brokenness we see in our lives and in our world.

So please hear this very clearly: We welcome you exactly as you are, with whatever questions or hesitations you might have. We understand that in many ways, the church has fallen short of being the vehicle of God’s love in the world. The people who liked Jesus were nothing like Jesus. The church should be that. We want to do whatever it takes to change the reputation of the church and be a church that unchurched people love. And yet, here we are, gathering on the Northwest side of Chicago, united by a single common purpose: to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus. Would you consider checking us out?

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