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Along with the historic Christian Church our beliefs are beautifully summarized in the Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in God the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.

These beliefs are central to our being. They shape our mission in our community. We are called to help anyone take the next step toward becoming more like Jesus.

Mission and Vision

Our Vision: To be God's Source of Shining Light and Living Water in the western suburbs, by Drawing People to Know Jesus, Becoming Like Jesus, and Serving as Jesus.

We’ve identified five activities by which we carry out our vision. These are more than simply things we think we should do; they reflect the core values of our faith community.

  1. WORSHIP:
    Celebrative worship expresses our love for God. It equips and energizes us for expressing our relationship with him in every part of our lives. Today’s heads-down, busy lifestyles often prevent us from looking around and taking joy in who God is and what God has provided us. We were planned for God’s pleasure and for that purpose we pause to worship him. Weekday activities and Sunday services offer many opportunities for prayer, singing and sharing what God is doing in our lives.
  2. CONNECT: A Vision for Fellowship
    We are a fellowship of believers mobilized for a common purpose. We rely on each other for encouragement, care and accountability and we find this is most effective when you are part of a Small Group.
  3. GROW: A Vision for Discipleship
    We believe that the Bible is the story of God and his people—and one that points to Jesus Christ. Understanding who he is and how he lived will help you consider how the truths of the Bible can impact your life. We aim for a church culture that guides people to take their next step to be like Jesus.
  4. SERVE: A Vision for Ministry
    Our church is full of people quietly and industriously serving others within our church and in our community. Every member is a minister. No one is expendable. Our goal is to have every adult involved in ministry that utilizes their spiritual gifts and takes advantage of their availability and interest. We encourage spiritual gifts to be used as God calls. The secret is that there is immeasurable joy and reward in serving.
  5. SHARE: A Vision for Outreach
    Invite others to join us. If we truly love our neighbors, we will ask them to travel with us. This goes for our neighbors across the street and our neighbors across the ocean. We were made for this mission, so it is our purpose to share freely with those around us.

The CRC Denomination

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church is a part of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), which has its roots in the Protestant Reformation. In North America, we are made up of about 1,000 congregations, 80,000 families, and over 300,000 members. The U.S. denominational headquarters is in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As a denomination, we are enthusiastic supporters of evangelism and mission activities extending from our local communities to the world. Our major mission activites include: World Renew, Resonate Global Mission, and Back to God Ministries International.

Another significant aspect of the Christian Reformed Church is our support of Christian education, from preschool through post-graduate. Here in Elmhurst, we maintain strong ties with Timothy Christian Schools, which provide preschool through high school education.  

Christian Reformed Church publications include The Banner and a monthly booklet of daily devotions called Today.