Living Hope Church is PCA church plant on the south side of Chicago that reaches both the Woodlawn neighborhood and The University of Chicago, a very diverse group of people from different colors, classes, and cultures. We are from many worlds, one family of faith with a living hope in the redeeming grace of Christ.
Chicago is the third-largest city in the U.S., but 6 of the 8 million people in the Chicago metro area do not attend any kind of church. Here on the south side, the University of Chicago is world-renowned as a bastion of intellectual rigor that produces Nobel-prize winners, yet nevertheless is known as the place “where fun [and faith] comes to die.” The Woodlawn neighborhood just south of the wealthy and powerful University is home to many impoverished and broken schools and homes, with gang shootings every week as if this is the place where hope comes to die. The unemployment in Woodlawn is 21%, three times the national average.
But God is bringing a living hope through the redeeming grace of Christ. People from diverse races and nations, both rich and poor, gather together as one family to worship and serve our Lord. And through Hope Works, a Living Hope-based community development organization, we are helping those in need to find employment, housing, other resources, and we’re even starting our own thrift store to generate jobs and income. The church is advancing, the needs of hurting people are meeting God’s grace and help, and the gospel is being displayed in word and deed.