Checking out a new church can be intimidating. The Frequently Asked Questions below can help get you started.
It depends on what you’ve heard. 😉 Here’s the deal — all the important stuff is weird stuff, it just so happens to be completely true.
We believe Jesus isn’t just an inspiring historical figure, but the Son of God who lived a perfect life and died in our place for our sins so we can be forgiven. We believe that he rose from the dead so we can rise to new life, too — and that one day he’s coming back to fix everything that is broken in the world and wipe every tear from every eye. We also believe the Holy Spirit can bring miraculous healing into your life, often in unexpected ways — that’s weird, and wonderful.
Again, it’s all weird stuff — but it’s true, and it might just change your everything.
Yes. This is a great of example of how Reach is a “both/and” community (as opposed to “either/or.”) We love blowing up false dichotomies. We study Scripture deeply and invite the Spirit to move among us. We trust the sovereignty of God and pray for miraculous healing. We equip each other to share our faith and seek justice in our cities. You get the idea.
We are committed to being a family made up of different generations, backgrounds, ethnicities and abilities. Unity in the midst of diversity is a big part of God’s Kingdom, and one we celebrate. (Translation: there is a place for you and the people you care about here.)
Yes. Reach was started with you in mind. Please bring your doubts, your brain, and your baggage — they are all welcome here. You will have the opportunity to learn more, ask questions, share hurts from past experiences, all at your own pace. In fact, you can reach out to a pastor with your big questions any time — even right now. We will always be eager to hear from you.
At Reach women are encouraged, equipped and empowered to use their gifts to move the mission forward. You will see both pastors and preachers who are women at Reach, and we believe you will be incredibly blessed by them. Here’s where the tension comes in: we believe Scripture teaches that while every ministry activity is open to women, the leadership office of elder is intended for qualified men. If you come from a church background, this hybrid position is probably new to you. If you want to dig deeper on this topic, this document is great place to start.
Financial decisions are advised by a volunteer finance team and day-to-day decisions are made by church staff, all within a budget that is approved by the elders on an annual basis. For additional accountability, every receipt and transaction is accounted for and verified by a trusted third-party accounting firm. You can learn more about how we use our finances or set up recurring contributions on the giving page.
No. You’ll find people on both sides of the aisle here. We are centered on and driven by the Gospel of Jesus, not partisan politics. Still, we believe followers of Jesus should care about policies because they impact millions of people — each bearing the image of God.
The Bible consistently defines marriage as a covenant relationship instituted by God with 3 parties involved — a woman, a man, and God himself. Scripture is also clear that sex is a gift — one meant to be enjoyed within a life-long, covenantal, monogamous, heterosexual marriage.
Everyone is invited to encounter and follow Jesus, and we are honored when our LGBTQ+ friends take us up on that invitation. It gets messy when we trust God to speak into every part of our lives together, but we are up for the mess if you are. Everyone has a unique story, and we’ll be honored if you choose to trust us with yours. We will have both truth and love, clarity and kindness waiting for you if you do.
Absolutely. In Scripture, God clearly entrusts and empowers his people to steward and protect his creation. We are to carry that same mandate, believing that in doing so we are obeying God and caring for the vulnerable, who suffer most when this commission is neglected.
We currently do not have a formal membership process, but will be moving that direction in the near future. For now, you can know you are “all in” when you commit to a community environment of your choosing, make time to joyfully serve the church and the city, and make giving to the church part of the way you worship Jesus.
We all recognize the brokenness of our world. We see it everywhere and we know it all too well: it’s in the corrupt failing of human systems, in the hurt we’ve known from others, and even in the selfish leanings of our own hearts. But where is the beauty? Where can we find hope?
We believe hope is found in the person of Jesus Christ. He was a real human that existed in history and also the one true God who’d come to save the world. (Yes, we know that sounds crazy...but it’s also true). God is personal and powerful. He came in Jesus — not to condemn the world, but to save it. He is good, and is known by his love.
He is the initiator. He personally invites the world to hope, belonging and purpose. That invitation extends to you. The God who created the universe loves you, died for you, and more than anything, he wants you to know him.
We want you to trust Jesus with your everything. You don’t have to come to church first, and you don’t have to have it all figured out. A relationship with God starts with trust. Trust that he is good. Trust that his way of life will mean more good for you than your own desires or opinions.
You can talk to him right now. That’s where it starts. Tell him you trust him with your whole heart. Tell him you’re turning your whole life over to him. He hears you.
We’re up for it! Let us know what’s on your mind and we’ll try to help.