WELCOME TO A CHURCH WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME.
Whatever your age, race, culture, gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or different abilities, you are welcome. Whether you have money or not, whether you have a degree or not, whether you have a home or not, you matter to us. If you wear designer clothes or thrift store clothes or the clothes you slept in last night, that's just fine. If you're an introvert or an extrovert, we wouldn't have you any other way. And you are welcome here.
A church in the middle of it (literally).
LaSalle is centrally located in the Near North neighborhood at 1136 N. LaSalle Blvd. We're two blocks from the Clark and Division red line station and close to several buses. There's parking options-o-plenty.
A church that’s non-denominational, non-traditional, non-mega, not easily labeled and not done yet.
We come from a lot of different religious backgrounds. Among us are Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Catholics, as well as people who may have grown up without church or anti-church. Many of us are people on the run from a religion about rules and expectations, on a search for one of grace. What brings us together is an openness to and longing for God, a willingness to be open to each other, and a desire to be more than a spectator in our own spiritual lives. Worship here tends to be engaging and participatory, not a show. But you won’t be expected to do or say anything to fit in. Because we want everyone to find this a safe place to come as you are, engage as you like and be who God has created you to be.
A church where Jesus isn’t wielded like a baseball bat.
Many people have been yelled at, beaten up, even killed “in Jesus’ name.” Some of us have been told we were unlovable, unacceptable, doomed to hell, “in Jesus' name.” That isn’t the Jesus we worship at LaSalle. The Jesus we’ve discovered in the Bible and in our own lives, is one who is open to possibilities and risk-taking, one who is for mercy and forgiveness, for the underdog, the poor and powerless and rejected. We believe in a Jesus who isn’t about beating people up, but inviting them in… into love and community and transformation, into a life that’s big and healing and abundant.
A church where we don’t try to convince you there’s only one right way to do things.
Rather than a long list of dos and don’ts, in our community “following Jesus” is more like an invitation to a party we’d hate to miss. It’s an invitation that’s as individual as the person being invited. Responding to that invitation has some of us involved in finding a way to feed and care for the hungry and homeless every Wednesday night in a ministry we call Breaking Bread. It’s led others of us to be involved in the Near North Unity Program (NNUP), working to strengthen community cohesion in this neighborhood. Following Jesus has moved almost 150 people in this church to sponsor children in Africa, rallied a group of us to build teacher housing and a school in Kisongo, Tanzania, inspired others to create music, provide micro-loans, fight global warming. And the list goes on and on. We believe there’s more than one way to follow Jesus because we’ve seen it happening and it’s pretty amazing.