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

George Mekhail (he). Executive Director. Architecture.

George has been in the church his whole life. From growing up in the Coptic Orthodox tradition, to serving in Pastor roles within Evangelical and Mainline Churches. Follow him on twitter (@gmekhail) or email him.

Sarah Ngu (she/they). Database Director. Methodology.

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)

Church Clarity Volunteers

Advisory Council

Larycia Hawkins

Larycia Hawkins, Ph.D.,  is a faculty fellow and lecturer at the University of Virginia, a speaker, and an activist. She was the first and only black female tenured professor at Wheaton College, when she wore a hijab to call attention to the most visible targets of Islamophobia, Muslim women. In the wake of her act of embodied solidarity, she and Wheaton College parted ways in February 2016.

Julie Rodgers

Julie Rodgers is a writer, speaker, and leader in the movement working for LGBTQ equality in faith communities. You can read more about her at JulieRodgers.com