FAQs

Checking out a new church can be intimidating. The Frequently Asked Questions below can help get you started.

What are Reach's beliefs?

We are a gospel-centered community that celebrates the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. You can also read our belief statement to learn more about what we believe.

We also affirm the historic Nicene Creed and feel closely aligned with the beliefs outlined in The Lausanne Covenant.

How is the money handled?

All financial gifts are overseen and stewarded by a volunteer finance team. Day-to-day decisions are made by church staff within a budgeted structure. Every receipt is accounted for and verified by a third party accounting firm.

What types of people are a part of this church?

All kinds. Older, younger, singles, married people. Our desire is to be a church of the nations for the nations — being a big and diverse family is part of God’s design.

Do you have members?

We currently do not have a membership process, but we anticipate moving that direction in the near future. Meanwhile, you can know “you’re in” when you belong in a community, serve with your talent and time, and support the church financially.

What does Reach believe about women in leadership?

It turns out a lot of the best leaders are women. Our ladies are empowered to use their gifts, voice, wisdom, and courage. Some of our pastors are women, and sometimes women teach on the stage. Here’s the caveat: the Bible is pretty clear about the leadership office of elder being intended for qualified men. We’re comfortable with that tension, though we understand some may not be.

Who are your church’s leaders?

We currently have 3 elders who are responsible for the teaching, training, doctrine and overall spiritual health of the church. It’s our desire to have a full table of elders who are mostly lay leaders (volunteers) in the future. Since our 3 current elders are all paid staff, we are instituting a Leadership Council of trusted men and women from within Reach to serve in an advisory capacity to increase accountability and transparency as much as possible as we take the necessary time to identify and train more elder candidates.

The day-to-day of Reach is led by our pastors, staff, and volunteer leaders who lead ministries, build teams, and care for groups across the region.

Do you care about the environment?

Certainly. The earth is God’s creation and our role is to be stewards who care for it with thoughtfulness, creativity, and compassion.

Are you guys a bunch of politically driven whackos?

No. You’ll find people on both sides of the political aisle here. We’re all trying to submit our preferences to Jesus.

What does your church believe about marriage?

The bible is consistently clear that marriage is a covenant relationship instituted by God with 3 parties involved — a woman, a man, and God himself. Sexual activity is to only be practiced within a lifelong, covenantal, monogamous, heterosexual marriage.

How are LGBTQ+ people treated at your church?

Our LGBTQ+ friends are absolutely welcome. Everyone is invited to encounter and follow Jesus, and we are honored when such friends take us up on that invitation. Some of us are comfortable talking about this topic and some of us are stretched by that. Everyone has a unique story, and we’ll be honored if you choose to trust us with yours.

Do you believe in the weird stuff I’ve heard about in churches?

We definitely believe in the stuff in the Bible. For example, we don’t just believe Jesus was a good teacher — we believe he’s the Son of God, lived a sinless life, died to pay an eternal debt for all our sin, rose to new life in God’s power, and will return again to this earth. Churches without weird things are confusing.

I’m skeptical about Christianity, am I still welcome?

Absolutely. Ask questions, use your intelligence, enjoy the moment.

Are you a Spirit church or a Bible church?

Yes? We’re often trying to follow Jesus’ example of being both/and (not either/or). Jesus was both divine and human, and his life on earth was defined by both truth and grace, justice and mercy. That same spirit applies to much of our interpretation, preferences, and style.

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