Is First Free Your “Church Home”? We believe that financial giving is a natural part of our regular worship to God. He calls us to give our ‘first fruits’ (2 Corinthians 9; Proverbs 3) such that we are called to give back to Him a sacrificial portion of what He has first given us. Through this sacrificial giving, it is our desire that all would draw closer to the heart of God.
If you have other questions about giving, call Director of Admin & Finance, Jung Hower: (773) 561-4175 x106.
ROOM USAGE & SPACE SHARING REQUESTS
If you have questions, email our Director of Facilities, Michael Johnson or call him: (773) 561-4175 x107.
For First Free Ministry Teams
All events or meetings that take place on First Free campus space (events, team meetings, prayer and small groups, etc) must have the space reserved ahead of time. Please fill out this form to request space. (Note: Staff members can add their team meetings to the calendar, in which case this form does not need to be filled out.
Ministry Space Request Form
For General Space Usage Requests
(public/private non-First Free events)
UPDATED JUNE 2017: We are not considering new requests for events and space usage at this time.
For questions, contact our Director of Facilities.
Please refer to the pdf linked below for our space usage policy.
Wedding Policy/Fee/Request Form
MINISTRY COMMUNITY MEETINGS
Our upcoming schedule is as follows. Unless otherwise publicized, meetings are held at approximately 11:15am (after a shorted 10am service and five-minute break.) Unless otherwise publicized, childcare is provided, but parents/guardians must RSVP for it at least one week in advance: email our Co-Directors of Children & Family Ministries, Michael & Brittany Johnson.
- Sunday, July 16, 2017 (no childcare)
- Sunday, October 22, 2017
- Sunday, January 28, 2018
- Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Annual Meeting
Our Elder Board meets once a month to conduct business, sometimes calling additional meetings when there’s more business to conduct. The Elder Secretary keeps copies of meeting agendas and notes. For any inquiries about those meetings, please contact email@example.com.
Nomination Process for Elders
Nov 1– Communicate to the congregation that leadership is accepting names for potential elders
Nov 30 – Deadline for accepting names of potential elder candidates from congregational members
Dec – Elders will decide which nominee(s) we will approach about serving as an elder
Jan 15 – Senior pastor and/or elder chairperson will initiate conversations with prospective elder candidates
Feb 15 – Prospective candidates must let the senior pastor and/or elder chairperson know if they are willing to serve as an elder
April – At Annual Meeting the congregation votes on new elder candidate(s). Those affirmed will begin a two-year term of service.
Greg has been at FF for over 15 years and was initially drawn by a thriving small group and college & career ministries, plus the focus on Jesus and how to live out the Christian faith.
He is a caseworker with the State of Illinois and lives in Chicago’s Big Oaks neighborhood (near Jefferson Park and Norwood Park) with wife Nicole, three children…and another on the way! Greg enjoys biking, basketball and generally anything outdoors.
Cindy has been at FF for over 23 years and has enjoyed being involved in the startup at Breakthrough Urban Ministries (out of FF), as well as small groups and the Eleeo team. She says, “I think God is inviting us into a deeper relationship with Himself and each other but also calling us to connect in a more meaningful way with people in our community. I think we have just begun to experience what God wants to do in us and through us.”
Cindy is an avid birder and also loves to play the guitar.
Jonathan and his wife, Erin, met at the University of Illinois and served with Cru (CCC International) on-campus and overseas before starting a family in Chicago. Joining First Free in 2005, Jonathan has since participated in various ministry roles including small group and worship band leader. He has also served on the Global Outreach and Racial Reconciliation teams.
Jonathan and Erin currently live in West Rogers Park with their children, Ethan and Maisey. He is a licensed architect and director at a retail real estate corporation. He enjoys cooking for family and friends, is a board game enthusiast and avid DIYer in his spare time.
Jason first came to FF over 13 years ago when he married Tawnya, who was already attending. He instantly felt at home and quickly became involved in arts ministries and small groups.
He teaches English and mentors other teachers at a high school on Chicago’s west side. Jason and his wife live in the West Ridge neighborhood with their two kids and trusty dog. He likes to spend time camping, writing and seeing theater.
Bain and his wife, Laura, were especially drawn to FF over six years ago when they received an outpouring of compassion by way of meals, delivered to them by people from the church during a time of family crisis. “We weren’t even regular attenders at that time,” Bain says, and adds that FF is “incredibly Bible-based and grace-based.”
Bain is a bank analyst, so it’s no surprise that he likes spreadsheets. He’s also a huge U of M fan and loves being with family. He, Laura and their three children live in Evanston.
Dan was attracted to FF by community and small groups. He has been a part of the FF family for over 15 years and has served in a variety of positions and ministries. He grew up in a loving Christian home and came to know Jesus early in his life. His career in financial services and risk management pay the bills by day, but he just as much enjoys pouring into the ministries of First Free at night.
Dan, his wife and daughter live in far NW Chicago. He has interests in photography, mountains, music, small houses, finances and investing.
Jake has attended First Free since 2004 and has been serving on the elder board since 2014. He is married to Suzanne, and they have two daughters, Isabella and Emily. He studied film at Columbia College Chicago and works as a video producer. Jake is quick to help you identify The Gospel allegories in comic books, Star Wars, and Bruce Springsteen songs.
CRISIS & COMPASSION FUND
Once per month a special offering is taken after our celebration of the Lord’s Supper for a benevolence fund. A limited amount of financial help may be available to members and regular attenders of First Free Church who are experiencing a crisis need.
Before submitting a request for help, please refer to the document that outlines the fund policy by clicking HERE. Note that funds will not be disbursed directly to applicant, but only to “vendor (i.e., landlord, lawyer, grocery story, etc.).
If you choose to submit a request, please fill out the online form by clicking the button below. Or you can print out a PDF version of the form by clicking HERE, fill it out, print it, and mail it to “First Evangelical Free Church, Attn: Crisis & Compassion Fund, 5255 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640.Crisis & Compassion Fund Request