Last Updated on Nov 09, 2018
Address
1711 North Van Ness Avenue
Los Angeles, CA, 90028
Leadership
Pastor:
Jon Ritner
Gender:
Man
Race:
White
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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

Its actively enforced policy is not located on website's primary pages, but in its peripheral pages.


Ecclesia Hollywood Employment Application: Doctrinal Distinctives

Excerpt:

"We see marriage as a covenant with God; intended to be a lifelong bond of self-sacrificial love and commitment between a man and a woman, lived out in mutual submission to each other and to God. Marriage should reflect the relationship between Jesus and the Church (Eph 5:21-33). While not all who are single choose to be so, singleness can be a gift from God, even if being single is only for a season (1 Cor 7:7-9). Both married and single people are necessary and equally valued members of the community. Sex is the expression of the intimacy God intends between husband and wife. Since God designed sex to occur within the covenantal bond of marriage, any sexual activity outside this covenant is sin."

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

Its actively enforced policy is not clearly communicated on its website's primary pages, but in its peripheral pages. Its current leadership personnel does not reflect its egalitarian policy.

Ecclesia Hollywood Employment Application: Doctrinal Distinctives

Excerpt:

"Gender and Leadership: We encourage both men and women to pursue God’s call in their lives so that they may grow in their unique gifts and contribute to the wellbeing of the community. Because both men and women are uniquely and equally created in the image of God and best reflect God’s image together, the distinct voices of both men and women are viewed as necessary in the leadership of the community. The Holy Spirit indwells, gifts and speaks to all believers, regardless of gender (Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:1-4). It is important to us that both men and women serve in all areas of leadership, including the roles of pastor, elder and teacher."

FAQ's About Our Appeal Process

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

We take into account: public information available on church’s website, denomination’s website, and pastor’s statements (including social media).

We do not take into account: stories submitted by people, news articles, offline PDFs, etc.

That said, we do regularly link to the latter category of information (e.g. stories, news, PDF’s) in church entries, even if it doesn’t affect the church’s score. Feel free to email us with a story that you want to publish on our blog; we do not publish anonymous submissions.

What’s the difference between Clear and Unclear and Undisclosed?

Clear scores are given to churches whose policies can be easily found on their websites’ primary pages (e.g. About, Beliefs). The language in the policies is clear and contains all necessary information.

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.

Undisclosed scores are given to churches whose websites provide inconclusive evidence as to the churches’ policies.

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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