Active, Diverse Congregation: Fourth Church is an active congregation, attracting members of diverse faith backgrounds and life experiences. Our church bustles with activities, classes, and worship every day, from early morning to late at night. Members and guests are drawn to the church by worship services, musical programs, volunteer activities, and major life events.
Strong Pastoral Staff and Lay Leaders: A staff of eight ordained clergy members works with the Pastor to lead the congregation through teaching, preaching, and hands-on programs. Fourth Church is also blessed with committed lay leaders, who make up our 37-member Session, 50-member Board of Deacons, 21-member Board of Trustees (overseeing the financial, legal, and property affairs of the church), and 20-member Chicago Lights Board. We also have a Personnel Committee, which works with the Pastor to create staffing plans and administer annual reviews, and a Joint Finance Committee, which works with the staff on financial matters.
New 80,000-Square-Foot Building: We are constructing a five-story modern building, called the Gratz Center, which will be connected to our 1914 Gothic building. The new building will house classrooms, a dining room and kitchen, a 300-seat chapel, a large gathering space, and a children’s area and playground. It is a symbol of our affirmation of the church’s past and our leap of faith into the future.