FAQs

To begin with, we’re a Jesus-centered community. We trust the Bible as it points us to Jesus, and we trust the Apostles’ Creed as a guiding interpretation of what it teaches. Outside of those essentials, you’ll probably find a diversity of perspectives within our community. (We actually think that diversity is a good thing.) If you’re wondering what our pastors believe on any number of questions, the best way to explore that is to listen to the teachings on our podcast. Or better yet, join us in person for a gathering!

Great question! We call ourselves a community of grace and peace for our city and the world, and we have three essential strategic expressions that are helping us grow into that identity: gatheringstables, and streets. We have four mantras that describe what we’re learning from Jesus about how to be human and how to be a church. Give them a listen to hear more about who we are.

We don’t want to tell you how to parent, but we think you should bring your kids with you! We love kids at SBCC. We have safe, engaging, age-appropriate teaching environments for kids of all ages. Kids can experience their own version of gatherings and tables in our kids’ ministry space when they come on Sunday mornings, and our church-wide streets efforts are often family friendly. Students are encouraged to participate in all of our gatherings and connect with their peers in a student table.  

The New to SBCC Table is an opportunity for those who feel new to South Bend City Church to hear more about who we are, how we practice together, and to meet our staff team, volunteer leaders, and others who are new to SBCC. We have both in-person and digital opportunities to attend for our local and long-distance community members.

We would love to connect with you. Always feel free to pull anyone on our team aside after a gathering to introduce yourself. We realize some conversations might need a little more time. Below are links to set up a meeting with some of the members of our team:

Zach Gillis (Worship Leader/Care Coordinator)

Karen Grant (Director of Kids’ Ministry)

Matt Graybill (Executive Pastor)

Jason Miller (Lead Pastor)

To set up an appointment with any other member of our team or if you’re not sure who to reach out to, please send us a meeting request via our team contact page.

  • Are you concerned that someone may harm herself/himself or someone else?

    If so, please contact 911 now and give the operator as much information as you are able. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides immediate assistance to both those in danger of hurting themselves and concerned others. (800) 273-8255 (TALK).

  • If you are not concerned that someone is in danger of actual harm, you can forward your concern to our staff at care@southbendcitychurch.com so that they can be aware of the situation, but it’s important that people in need of help take the first step of reaching out. If they’re not willing to do that at this time, we won’t be able to initiate the conversation. However, please let that person know that we’re here for them if they’d like to reach out.

You bet! You can start by reaching out via care@southbendcitychurch.com, and we can connect you with a pastor to officiate your ceremony if there is one available. If your wedding is more than 6 months out, we should be able to connect you with a pastor who can perform the ceremony. If it’s sooner than that, we’ll try our best, but it may be a challenge depending on schedules. We also offer a pre-marriage curriculum called Prepare and Enrich that is led by trusted members of our community several times a year. You can reach out directly to them (Char & Ritch Hochstetler) at ritch@uleadinc.org.

We love to share our space with the community for events like weddings, meetings, or fundraisers for nonprofits when the space is available.

Please note that we are currently not accepting requests for events as we settle into our new home, but we look forward to partnering with you in the future.

For any questions, please email  info@southbendcitychurch.com

Among the members of our leadership, staff, and community, you’ll find a wide spectrum of beliefs about questions related to human sexuality and gender identity, and we believe that agreement on these questions should not be the basis of our unity. We also believe that LGBTQ people have a right to know what they can expect from us in terms of belonging, involvement, leadership, and marriage. Our lead pastor, Jason Miller, addressed these questions in two teachings that you can hear on our podcast: A Sacred Conversation: Sexuality, and Male and Female God Created them… We strongly encourage you to listen to these teachings to understand our approach to these questions in a way that can’t be accomplished on an FAQ page. You also may want to take advantage of the reading lists supplied in each teaching’s episode notes for further learning. However, the bottom line is that no one at South Bend City Church will be excluded from belonging, involvement, and leadership on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity, and we have pastors available to perform weddings for same-sex couples.

We’re committed to the inclusion of women at every level of leadership in our board, including staffing, preaching, ordination, and board membership. You can learn more about this commitment and its grounding in Scripture by listening to this teaching on our podcast: Male and Female God Created them… 

Thanks for asking! Please submit your request through his website, jasonadammiller.com.

 

We want to express both gratitude and transparency – gratitude for all that God has done and all the ways you’ve been a part of this work, and transparency about things like finances and other trends in our ministry. We hope you take some time to read through these reports and reflect on all the good that has happened in our midst, and to thank God for this community growing in grace and peace for our city and the world.

As always, if you have any questions about the information presented in the reports, please reach out to us. You can reach our executive pastor Matt Graybill directly at matt@southbendcitychurch.com.

Click here to view 2022-23 annual report on desktop.

Click here to view 2021 annual report on desktop.

Click here to view 2021 annual report on mobile.

Click here to view 2020 annual report on desktop.

Click here to view 2020 annual report on mobile.

Click here to view 2019 annual report on desktop.

Click here to view 2019 annual report on mobile.

While we currently are not accepting applications for any open positions, we are always happy to hear from talented, qualified professionals who are interested in learning more about our future staffing plans or team culture. Email info@southbendcitychurch.org, and let us know you are interested in a conversation.

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