Member Congregations

Community Renewal Society's work is drawn from and led by our Member Congregations. Congregations across the Chicago metropolitan area come together to address the most pressing issues facing their communities. Congregations make an annual donation to CRS. CRS organizers work with the congregations to identify, train and develop congregational leaders. Together, these leaders work to identify the key issues affecting the members of their church and community and activate the church for large scale action.
 
Congregations meet two to four times a year in the Leadership Council to identify issues of concern and launch new campaigns. One of these meetings is the Annual Membership Assembly where Member Congregations also elect the CRS Board of Directors.  Congregations also participate in organization-wide annual events such as the Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly and the Day of Faith at the Capitol.
 
When Member Congregations choose a new campaign, an Issue Team is formed. This team, made up of 10-15 leaders with special knowledge or passion for the issue, creates the campaign strategy, plans events, and leads public action to impact change.  
 
The Policy and Organizing Committee (POC) is the decision-making body that represents the Congregations and Board of CRS.  POC guides and supports the work of the Policy and Organizing Departments and establishes the priorities for our campaign work.  POC is not responsible for day to day management of campaigns, but rather seeks to support and advise staff and managerial leadership as they advance our Platform for Renewal, as voted on by our congregational members. 
 
Contact Delia Ramirez, dramirez@communityrenewalsociety.org, if your congregation would like to become a member.


CRS MEMBER CONGREGATIONS

Bethany UCC
Bethel UCC, Elmhurst
Beverly Unitarian Church
Church of the Good Shepherd Congregational UCC
Church of the Three Crosses
Congregational UCC of Arlington Heights
First Baptist Congregational Church
First Church of Lombard, UCC
First Congregational Church of Evanston
First Congregational Church of La Grange
First Congregational Church of Wilmette
First Congregational UCC of Naperville
First Congregational UCC of Waukegan
First UMC at the Chicago Temple
First UMC, Arlington Heights
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Glencoe Union Church
Grace Lutheran Church, Evanston
Hemenway UMC
Humboldt Park UMC
Kimball Avenue Church
Liberty Baptist Church
Lincoln Memorial Congregational UCC
Maple Park UMC
Melchizedek Ministries
Metropolitan Community Church
New Faith Baptist Church Intl., Matteson
New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church
Northfield Community Church
Old St. Patrick's Church
Our Redeemer's UMC
Pilgrim Faith UCC, Oak Lawn
Prince of Peace UMC
Pullman Presbyterian Church
Ravenswood UCC
St. Agatha Catholic Church
St. John UCC, Arlington Heights
St. Matthew UCC, Wheaton
St. Pauls UCC, Chicago
San Lucas UCC
Second Unitarian Church
Shiloh Baptist Church of Waukegan
Third Unitarian Church of Chicago
Unitarian Church of Evanston
Unity Temple UUC, Oak Park
University Church of Hyde Park
Urban Village Church, Edgewater
Urban Village Church, Hyde Park-Woodlawn
Urban Village Church, South Loop
Urban Village Church, Wicker Park
Way of Life Church International
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