Last Updated on Dec 31, 2018
Address
9307 Curry Ford Road
Orlando, FL, 32825
Leadership
Pastor:
Carl Stephens
Gender:
Man
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Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
Clear: Non-Affirming
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Church's actively enforced policy is found here: Constitution and Bylaws

Unclear: Egalitarian
Unclear: Egalitarian
Unclear: Egalitarian
Unclear: Egalitarian
Unclear: Egalitarian
Unclear: Egalitarian
What does this score mean?
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What is a balanced view of women in ministry?” (Carl Stephens, January 2018)

48:28: “I grew up with women preachers, so I don’t have a problem with women preachers at all.”

57:30: “When it comes to marriage, it is the husband, the wife, the kids, the dog… there is divine order, and the husband is the head of the household.”

58:24: “Men are to walk in such love and understanding as to produce the release of women into whatever office or ministry to which the Spirit brings them.”

Based on this sermon, it seems that women have no restrictions on their ability to participate in church leadership but, if they are married, they must submit to their husbands.

Bear in mind that no women have delivered sermons in 2018, except for the pastor’s wife, Alice, on Mother’s Day. Furthermore, although both husband and wife are listed under pastoral positions, it’s unclear if both individuals are pastors or just the husband.

Based on all of this, we’ve scored this church’s website as Unclear:Egalitarian.

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 Feel free to email us with a story that you want to publish on our blog; we do not publish anonymous submissions.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? How does my church become Verified Clear?

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. If you're a pastor at a church, email us to receive the survey.

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.” You can also email us to receive our Verified Clear survey so you can obtain the highest score available on our database.

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 church 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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