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September 24, 2018

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop: Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson and her wife were exploring a new church. They were welcomed with open arms and felt safe in their new church home. But that changed when the pastors finally revealed a change in policy that left both of them devastated.

September 12, 2018
Church Clarity Team

How to Speak Clearly

Insight into why Church Clarity scores policy, not belief, and what it means that we aren't trying to "convert" churches.

September 5, 2018
Sarah Ngu (she). Database Director. Methodology.

Why Church Clarity Matters for "Hipster Churches" and Beyond: Q&A with Broderick Greer

An interview with Broderick Greer on why Church Clarity matters for all kinds of churches -- evangelical to mainline.

August 29, 2018
Kevin Garcia

When a Church Betrays You: Kevin Garcia

Kevin Garcia tells their painful story about a lack of church clarity from their former church, Grace Midtown, in Atlanta.

July 9, 2018
Jess Kotnour

Meet a Church Clarity Volunteer: Jess Kotnour

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Church Clarity. Come take a sneak preview as to what happens behind the scenes.

May 22, 2018
Chandra Ryder

Church Clarity Stories: Chandra Ryder

Chandra tells her story about how her former pastor at Rain City Church in Bellevue, Washington, once told her that he would be honored to officiate her wedding, no matter who she married. Eight months later, when she asked him to marry her and her now-wife, he gave her a different answer.

January 1, 2018
Nathanial Totten

Church Clarity Stories: Nathanial Totten

A story about why Church Clarity matters -- from a former music director of Elevation Church

December 29, 2017
George Mekhail (he). Executive Director. Architecture.

Seeking Clarity from Outreach Magazine’s Top 100 Churches

A blogpost by former megachurch pastor, George Mekhail, on why the Outreach 100 churches set the gold standard for all other churches to follow.... and thus why we have to hold them accountable

December 29, 2017
Tim Schraeder

Press Release: Church Clarity Scores Outreach Magazine’s ‘100 Largest Churches in America’

Church Clarity Scores Outreach Magazine’s ‘100 Largest Churches in America’ in terms of clarity of LGBTQ policy as well as gender and racial diversity among senior pastors

November 12, 2017
Sarah Ngu (she). Database Director. Methodology.

#ScoreSunday & Methodology Release

We've added 200 more churches to our database bringing our total to over 400 churches. Take a few moments to read this newest update which outlines details about the ongoing evolution of our scoring methodology. Thanks to our wonderful volunteer team, we're working through them as quickly and efficiently as possible, while prioritizing the integrity of our scoring process. We appreciate your support as we continue to establish a new standard for clearly communicated church policies.

November 5, 2017
Sarah Ngu (she). Database Director. Methodology.

Introducing Church Clarity Badges

Church Clarity Badges reveal a church's policies for LGBTQ people—they are the clearest scores that a church can receive. Instead of having a score such as “Clear + Affirming,” participating churches will instead have a Clarity Badge that displays their responses to these four questions: Will you currently baptize an LGBTQ+ person? Will you, in your own building and with your clergy, currently officiate a marriage for LGBTQ+ people? Will you currently hire LGBTQ+ people for any role? If your church does not control hiring, will it currently receive an LGBTQ+ person into any role? Will your church currently ordain LGBTQ+ people? If your church does not have authority to ordain, will it currently recommend for ordination? The three options will be: Yes, No, or Actively Discerning. The answers will be collected from surveys via emails to churches.

October 30, 2017
Tim Schraeder

Why Church Websites?

We’ve chosen church websites as our way of scoring a level of church’s clarity simply because an organization’s website serves as a centralized location for the public to understand critical information about an organization. It is the main place that people turn to in order to find out what they can expect. Similarly, people looking for a church should be able to understand clearly what a church believes, what they can expect when they attend, and policies the church has around issues that matter to a lot of people (LGBTQ+, women, people of color, etc.).

October 23, 2017
Sarah Ngu (she). Database Director. Methodology.

Clarifying Church Clarity: What It's Not and What It's For

An Update This week, we are shifting our focus to respond to the demand for #ChurchClarity! We have over 600 church submissions and nearly 200 advocate submissions. To keep up, we are increasing our capacity, and scaling up so that our website can be up-to-date. Our plan is to upload a huge batch of churches and advocates by Sunday the 29th.

October 19, 2017
Sarah Ngu (she). Database Director. Methodology.

An Inside Look into Who and How We Score

We just published 15 more churches to our database and thought it would be helpful to give you an inside look into the Church Clarity Score process, as well as invite your feedback. Thank you so much to everyone who has already emailed and tweeted their input after our whirlwind launch just yesterday.

October 17, 2017

Welcome to Church Clarity

The vision for Church Clarity was born over a year ago. It’s gained momentum in the past few months as we have rapidly assembled a leadership team, advisory council, and advocates who share our vision, passion and belief that churches need to be clear about policies that impact LGBTQ+ individuals.