Last Updated on Feb 09, 2019
Address
1135 SE 20th Ave
Portland, OR, 97214
Leadership
Pastor:
Michael Lawrence
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
Denomination stance on same sex marriage Here Its actively enforced policy is not listed on the website’s primary pages, but is found on Our Foundations links to the conservative baptist denomination which is non-affirming.
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

Statement of Practices

Pastoral Residency

This church's Statement of Practices states that elders must be men. It does not clearly state that pastors must be men, but refers to pastors with only male pronouns and assumes pastors will be married to women (for example, upon the pastor being hired, "he and his wife will become members.") The document uses male and female pronouns to refer to other positions, but not the pastor and elder positions.

The church accepts applications for pastoral residents. It does not state that it will refuse to hire women, but refers to the residents specifically as "men" in its description on this page.

These actively enforced policies are not clearly stated on the main pages of the website, but rather in peripheral documents. Thus, its score is Unclear: Non-Egalitarian.

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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 Feel free to email us with a story that you want to publish on our blog; we do not publish anonymous submissions.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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