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Ambiguity is Harmful.

Powerful institutions tend to operate in ambiguity, rather than in clarity. And churches are no exception. Many churches fail to disclose their actively enforced policies on their websites. Can a woman preach? Will you officiate a same-sex wedding? Hire a queer pastor? Answers to these questions often remain elusive.

Ambiguity enables those with power to operate without accountability and cause real harm. Many people invest years of their lives into a church community, only to later discover the truth about the church’s policies, and end up feeling betrayed, deceived and “bait-and-switched.”

Clarity is Reasonable.

Church Clarity is a crowd-sourced database of local congregations that we score based on how clearly they communicate their actively enforced policies. Our mission is to increase the standard of clarity throughout the Church Industry. We are not advocating for policy changes; we are standardizing church policy disclosure, whatever the policy or type of church in question. People deserve to know the truth.

Anyone can use our crowdsource form to submit a church to be scored. From there, a team of Church Clarity Volunteers follows a simple, yet consistent method, assigning a score to each church based on how easy it is to find the church’s actively enforced policies on its website. We also reach out to each church that we review, offering them the opportunity to proactively disclose their policies and earn our best score, Verified Clear. Whether or not they reply, our team then triple checks the information that we have available and we  publish the church to our public database. Once the information is triple checked, it's published to our public database.

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Church Clarity Advocates agree that Ambiguity is Harmful and Clarity is Reasonable.
Learn more about our team below and consider becoming an advocate today!

Leadership Team

Jess Lee

Jess has been with Church Clarity for several years. They manage the database and the scoring side of things.

Ross Young

Phil Lucia

Phil Lucia (he/him) joined as a volunteer in August 2018 and is a Publisher and Team Lead at Church Clarity.

Church Clarity Volunteers

Advisory Council

Sarah Ngu (she/they). Cofounder.

Sarah Ngu is a freelance writer based in New York. A leader at Forefront Brooklyn Church, Sarah is also a podcast host. Email & Twitter (@sarahngu)