Chicago Brethren

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

We extend our warmest welcome and thank you for visiting our site. We hope you find the information and resources we have useful and productive both personally and spiritually. Believer’s Assembly is a Church based on the Word of God and committed to “Knowing Him and making Him known” in and around the greater Chicago-land area.

Our Vision.
Growing into God’s joyful, beloved community and cultivating love, peace and justice in East Garfield Park, Chicago and beyond

We are a family-oriented Christian ministry

1. Practicing God's word in our own lives
2.Teaching God's word to all those who fellowship with us
3. Preaching God's word to those who are not yet saved

The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is Bible’s greatest miracle and history’s greatest fact. If Jesus Christ’s bones were still in Jerusalem, there would be no hope for anyone in the world – but His body is not there, He is alive, having been resurrected from the dead. There are three important aspects of Christ's resurrection – he rose bodily from the grave; he rose eternally from the grave; and finally, he rose victoriously from the grave. The greatest fact of history is that empty tomb. Too often the world gets caught up in celebrating the dates such as Good Friday or Easter etc., without understanding the significance of what it is that we celebrate. We are not just celebrating the coming of a season, but the resurrection of our King.






The Church of the Brethren is one of three historic peace churches, which includes the Quakers and the Mennonites. This is because two of the Brethren's fundamental beliefs are nonviolent resolution of conflict and pacifism, which they combine with antiwar and peace efforts around the world. The church's commitment to nonviolence is summarized in its phrase, "all war is sin" (Annual Conference, 1935), and the fact that many Brethren refuse to engage in voluntary or compulsory military service. However, some Brethren have been imprisoned for their ideals, while others have avoided the legal repercussions of their refusal by agreeing to serve in the military as chaplains or medical personnel.During the American Revolution and the American Civil War, Brethren required their members to abstain from military service, believing that obedience to Christ precluded such involvements. Until the early 20th century, Brethren baptismal applicants were required to promise to follow the church's teachings regarding "being defenseless".


Chicago Community Mennonite Church is a faith community that accepts Jesus' invitation to follow him in love, truth and service. We embrace in warm fellowship all who also hear his call.

Believer's Assembly, Chicago

And as such our celebration of His resurrection is enduring. The song “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow” signifies that His resurrection guarantees our own resurrection when He comes again. As believers, death can never harm us because Jesus has conquered it victoriously and eternally! He died for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. We should want to stand on rooftops and cry out about the resurrection of our Lord because He is made it possible for us to enter into the realm of an eternal life with Him. Philip P. Bliss wrote the classic worship song to encompass the passion of this very aspect – “Lifted up was He to die, it is finished was His cry; now in heaven exalted high, Hallelujah what a Savior!”The world has turned upside down – spiritually and morally. Being a godly woman is tough while we live in the world around us. As mothers, wives, sisters’ etc. women play an important role in our society. For example, being a mother is one of the toughest assignments God ever gave anybody! She’s got to be as insightful as a psychologist, tough as a Marine Corps drill instructor, gentle as a nurse. She’s got to be a labor and management negotiator.

It requires an endless supply of energy, a massive amount of patience, and iron will, and recognition of the fact that if she ever gets sick, she’s got to get well before the end of the school day. Being a Godly woman in an Ungodly World isn’t an easy task.Women are constantly pressurized by society to dwell on external vanity rather than seek internal goodness. We should be as well groomed inside as our appearance is on the outside. Which means "works that reflect a Christ centered heart, works that reflect godliness", should be our ultimate objective in life. There is a battle going on around every Church, every family, and every woman in this country. If Satan can get us to ignore the Scripture while maintaining a politically correct lifestyle, then he's won that battle - we are his. But if we follow God's best for us, if we adhere to Scriptural teaching, them we can win the battle for the mind while bringing the peace of God to our households.

To Know Him and To Make Him Known

Welcome to Believers Assembly Chicago, a local representation of the body of The Lord Jesus Christ as part of the universal Church of God. Established based on the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and pattern of the early church as we see in the New Testament, Believers Assembly is located at La Grange, a quiet and beautiful suburb of the greater Chicagoland. The Assembly, fulfilling the command and commission of the Lord in the place where He has made us stand, is led by the Elders chosen from among the believers in the guidance of the Holy Spirit according to the scriptures


Chicago Brethren Hostel

Chicago area hostel for Japanese Americans that may have been the first of the dozens of similar hostels formed mostly by church groups. Opening in early 1943 to house early resettlers to Chicago, the Church of the Brethren closed the hostel a little more than a year later, having housed over 1,000 guests, to focus its efforts on a similar facility in New York City.The idea for the hostel originated at Manzanar. Ralph and Mary Smeltzer were active members of the Church of the Brethren who became school teachers at Manzanar. When schools there were temporarily closed after the riot/uprising of December 1942, the Smeltzers worked in the camp's relocation office where they observed the frustration of inmates and staff alike over the red tape that made leaving the camp extremely difficult despite War Relocation Authority (WRA) encouragement to leave. 

The Great Schism

After the Beissel split, the Brethren split several times because of doctrinal difference .The most conservative members emphasized consistency, obedience, and the order of the Brethren. They opposed the use of musical instruments, Sunday schools, and worldly amusements.

Believer's baptism

The Brethren believe that baptism is an outward sign of an inward experience of salvation. Hence, baptism is not performed until one is able to understand and accept the message of the gospel, typically at about age 13. In the early years of the denomination, the age at baptism was generally older.

Membership today and international presence

The Church of the Brethren—like many other mainline churches—has experienced a steady decline in membership since the middle of the 20th century. Among possible reasons for the decline is that the Church of Brethren is not evangelistic and often does not actively seek out new members.


Brethren have been urged (and in earlier times compelled) to live a relatively simple lifestyle. At various points in their history, Brethren have been discouraged from attending fairs and carnivals, swearing oaths, driving motorized vehicles,attending secular colleges, joining secret societies.

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