Mission & Vision

At the core of who we are is a simple yet audacious mission to love God, love others, and change the world.  It’s the reason we exist.  The purpose at the center of everything we do.

We believe that we accomplish this mission by each one of us doing our best to live a devoted, connected, and generous life following Jesus Christ.  That’s our vision for each and every person who walks through our doors and calls our church home.

Devoted: Loving God
We develop a devoted life through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  This relationship is strengthened through weekly worship within community, as well as through the daily practice of prayer, Scripture reading and reflection, and application to life.

Connected: Loving Others
We develop a connected life through building intentional relationships with one another that are authentic and encouraging.  We experience these relationships through our variety of small groups: community, growth, recovery, and ministry.  

Generous: Changing the World
We develop a generous life through offering ourselves and our resources to further Jesus’ mission in our community and world.  This offering involves sharing our faith with others as well as sharing our time, talent, and treasure in specific serving opportunities within and beyond Wheatland Salem.


Values

Worship
Vibrant, corporate worship is the center of our life together. 

Relationships
The Christian faith grows best when experienced in community of authentic relationships with Christ and one another.

Personal Transformation
The Christian way is always anchored in Jesus' call to repent and believe in him. 

Next Generations
The primary method for reaching others with the gospel of Jesus Christ is through the intergenerational relationships of children, youth, and families. 

Missions
Extending the impact of the gospel comes through reaching across local and global boundaries. 


Our (brief) History

In 1852 (or earlier) pioneer families began holding church services in the Copenhagen school house and the David Brown home. In 1860 they built a church. Also in 1860, another church - the Wheatland Church was organized and they put up a building in 1870. Work continued there until 1895 when the congregation passed out of existence. In April of 1907, the Copenhagen Society sent a petition to the Illinois Conference Session requesting the Association to grant the Society the privilege of using the two old churches - Wheatland and Copenhagen - in building a new structure, one and one-half miles south of Copenhagen, on the corner of Rt. 59 and 95th Street, thus uniting the two societies into one, Wheatland Salem.  Then in 2011 we opened a new campus in Oswego so that we could accomplish our mission of reaching more people for Christ.

Copenhagen Church at 83rd Street and Rt. 59. Shown circa 1860.

Copenhagen Church at 83rd Street and Rt. 59. Shown circa 1860.

Wheatland Salem at 95th St. and Rt. 59, built in 1928. Shown circa 1970.

Wheatland Salem at 95th St. and Rt. 59, built in 1928. Shown circa 1970.

Wheatland Salem at 95th St. and Rt. 59, built in 1907 and burned in 1927. Shown circa 1915.

Wheatland Salem at 95th St. and Rt. 59, built in 1907 and burned in 1927. Shown circa 1915.

Wheatland Salem at 1852 95th St. at Book Rd. Shown as it appeared in 2001.

Wheatland Salem at 1852 95th St. at Book Rd. Shown as it appeared in 2001.