Our Story

A Jesus-centered community for believers and doubters, where we can ask difficult questions and wrestle with the tensions of ancient faith in a modern world; a community that values simplicity and spiritual practices in our life together; a family that’s growing in diversity; a church that’s deeply connected to the city we love.

SOUTH BEND CITY CHURCH began in 2016 when our lead pastor, Jason Miller, discerned a calling to launch a new Jesus community where doubt and faith could coexist, where people could wrestle with the challenges of an ancient faith in a modern world, and where everyone could belong.

In the fall of that year, we began meeting on Wednesday nights to worship, pray, and study the book of Acts. We kept asking one question: what is a church? And each week, the answer we kept hearing from Acts was that the church is nothing more, and nothing less, than the expansion of Jesus’ work in the world.

In our first year, we gathered at an event venue, a downtown hotel, and a convention hall. We threw a donut party on the streets of South Bend to raise awareness and funds for the cause of chronic homelessness in our city. We experimented with different ways of worshiping, learned about historic practices of faith, explored the theme of doubt within Scripture, and listened to our neighbors as we dreamed together. We set up and tore down chairs and sound equipment more times than we’d like to count. And in June 2017, we finally found our first home in a building with a legacy in the South Bend community and beyond: a once-abandoned Studebaker car factory.
While many of the Studebaker buildings have been torn down since the manufacturer went out of business, one major complex remains, and we planted our church on part of that old factory floor.

Our time at Studebaker was a gift that we cherished, but we also began to dream about securing a long-term home for our community where we could own our building. We also hoped for a more accessible location in the heart of the city, and we found it at the former printing press building of the South Bend Tribune. In October of 2021, through a process of communal discernment, we settled on a plan to pursue the Tribune as a place for the people, not just for our church, but for the common good of the people of South Bend. In July 2022 we closed on the sale. And in March 2024, we made the move and the Tribune became our new home.

We continue to grow in our calling as a community of grace and peace for our city and the world, exploring ancient teachings, asking new questions, working with partners both here and around the world, learning to walk in the way of love that Jesus teaches. We’re an independent, non­denominational church. We trust the Bible as it points us to Jesus, and we trust the Apostles’ Creed as a guiding interpretation of what it teaches.

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