Last Updated on Nov 09, 2018
Address
1220 Outer Park Drive
Springfield, IL, 62704
Leadership
Pastor:
Jonathan Davis
Gender:
Man
Race:
White
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Gender:
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Related Affiliations
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Unclear: Non-Affirming
Unclear: Non-Affirming
Unclear: Non-Affirming
Unclear: Non-Affirming
Unclear: Non-Affirming
Unclear: Non-Affirming
What does this score mean?
Score Links and notes

This church's actively enforced policy is not found on its website's primary pages, but is implied in two sermons dated 12/3/14 and 9/18/16. In the sermon "Biblical Sexuality," at 8:39, the pastor says "God intended sex to be an expression of marital love and intimacy

between one man and one woman

"(emphasis added). In the sermon "God's Good Design in Gender," at 19:10, he says gender "is determined by the way God has physically made my body," and consistently misgenders Laverne Cox beginning at 7:25.

Additionally, this church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, which is not affirming.

Because this church's policies are not clearly stated on the main pages of its website, but are buried in its denomination's policies and in recorded sermons, its score is Unclear: Non-Affirming.

Vision and Mission: Affiliates with the Southern Baptist Convention

Sermon: "Biblical Sexuality," Jonathan Davis, 12/3/14 (Direct Link)

Sermon: "God's Good Design in Gender," 9/18/16 (Direct Link)


Unclear: Non-Egalitarian
Unclear: Non-Egalitarian
Unclear: Non-Egalitarian
Unclear: Non-Egalitarian
Unclear: Non-Egalitarian
Unclear: Non-Egalitarian
What does this score mean?
Score Links and notes

This church has no women on its board of elders. It does not state its actively enforced policy on its website, but its denomination is non-egalitarian. Thus, its score is Unclear: Non-Egalitarian.

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What do you take or NOT take into account when scoring churches?

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Unclear scores are given to churches whose policies are difficult to find on their websites (e.g. located in sermon archives, blogs). The language in the policies may also be unclear.

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For more detail, see our Score Definitions page. Please note that we score Women in Leadership policy a bit differently than LGBTQ policy as we factor into account gender representation on leadership teams. Why? Because personnel is policy (H/T @BroderickGreer). Representation is essential.

What is the difference between Verified Clear and other scores?

All scores, except for “Verified Clear,” are assigned to churches by our volunteers based on our scoring definitions and publicly available information online. The “Verified Clear” score is the highest and best score a church can receive. It is also the only score that a church obtains by proactively self-disclosing its policies through our Verified Clear survey, which is sent to all churches that have been scored in our database.

I’m a church leader and I’d like our church website to be more clear. What can I do?

That’s great news! Take a look at our Scoring Definitions, to begin with, to understand the difference between Clear and Unclear websites. Then, read our Church Clarity resource PDF, “How to be clear: For Church leaders.”

Why is this church scored as "Unclear: Affirming"?

Please review the Score Links & Notes section for the rationale for this church's score.

There are typically two reasons. The first is that the church has a statement affirming "sexual orientation" but not "gender identity." Similarly, the chuch may mention they affirm people, "gay or straight," but not mention "transgender" folks.

The second reason is that the church does affirm the full LGBTQ+ spectrum, but it is hard to locate the church's affirmation statement on the church's website.

Please see our score definitions for more.

Why is this church scored as "Unclear: Egalitarian"?

If a church has an egalitarian policy, we provide a Clear or Unclear score based on whether the leadership team consists of at least 50% women and/or non-binary people. If so, then the church will get a Clear: Egalitarian score. If the senior minister is a woman, then that counts too. If not, then the church will get an Unclear: Egalitarian score. We factor representation into our scoring for Women in Leadership. Why? See this. Additionally, if it's hard to locate the leadership team on the website, then we will also score the church as Unclear.

For more see our Scoring Definitions.

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