Member Congregations

Community Renewal Society's work is drawn from and led by our Member Congregations. Churches across the Chicago metropolitan area come together to address the most pressing issues facing their communities. Congregations make an annual donation to CRS, and Community Renewal Society organizers work with the congregation 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 2-4 times a year in the Leadership Council to identify issues of concern and launch new campaigns. One of these meetings is the CRS Annual Membership Assembly where the member congregations also elect the CRS Board of Directors.
When the 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 win change.
The work of the Organizing program is overseen by the Strategy Team. This team of 6-12 advanced leaders representing the diversity of the membership sets the broad strategy for the organization, coordinates the work of the different Issue Teams, serves as the public spokespeople for the network, and executes organization-wide actions such as the Martin Luther King Faith in Action Assembly and the Day of Faith at the Capitol.
Contact Delia Ramirez,, if your congregation would like to become a member.


Arnett Chapel AME Church
Avalon Park Community Church
Bethel UCC, Elmhurst
Beverly Unitarian Church
Christ Church UCC, Des Plaines
Church of the Good Shepherd Congregational UCC
Congregational Church of Park Manor
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, Arlington Heights
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Glencoe Union Church
Glenview Community Church
Grace Lutheran Church, Evanston
Kimball Avenue Evangelical Congregational Church
Liberty Baptist Church
Lincoln Memorial Congregational UCC
Maple Park UMC
Metropolitan Community Church
New Faith Baptist Church
New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church
Northfield Community Church
Old St. Patrick's Church
Our Redeemer's UMC
Pilgrim Congregational Church, Oak Park
Pilgrim Faith UCC, Oak Lawn
Ravenswood UCC
San Lucas UCC
Second Unitarian Church
Shekinah Chapel
Shiloh Baptist Church of Waukegan
Southminster Presbyterian Church
St. Agatha Catholic Church
St. John UCC, Arlington Heights
St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square
St. Martin de Porres
St. Matthew UCC, Wheaton
St. Pauls UCC Chicago
St. Peter Community Church, Northbrook
The Ninth Hour Church
Transformation Community UMC
Unitarian Church of Evanston
Unity Temple UUC, Oak Park
University Church of Hyde Park
Urban Village Church, Andersonville
Urban Village Church, Hyde Park-Woodlawn
Urban Village Church, South Loop
Urban Village Church, Wicker Park
Way of Life Church International
Wellington Avenue UCC

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