We want to be upfront and clear, about who matters to us.
We want to extend a warm welcome to: White people, Black people, Hispanic people, any people.
We really hope to see all of the liberals, conservatives, democrats, republicans, communists, socialists, anarchists, independents, and any other political affiliation we can find. We're very fond of hippies, corporate executives, dirty people, clean people, tall people, short people, people with jobs, people without jobs, people who are young, people who are old, and even people who have inherent distrust for flightless birds. We'd like to make sure that all of the heterosexual and the LGBTQI...(including all the other letters that go into this that we're forgetting) people feel welcome and safe here. We like Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, Agnostics, Jews, Muslims, spiritual but not religious people, religious but not spiritual people, unchurch folks, de-churched folks, and good ole churchies too! We should make clear that we are unapologetically Christian and worship a very specific God named Jesus; but hey, we rarely feel compelled to force that on anyone. We just like having a family to belong too.
Are you particularly skilled and gifted? Please come hang out! Feel unskilled and ungifted? We disagree, everyone has something God has given them to do. Please let us help you discover your gifts and worth. We welcome the happy, the sad, the angry, the depressed, the afraid, the anxious, and the emotionally articulate. Perhaps you've been hurt by Christians in the past who have represented their God poorly. We're so sorry, we hope you'll give us a chance. Maybe you're one of those Christians who is dissatisfied with how the Church has been. Great, and welcome! We feel the same.
The truth is this. We welcome a very specific subset of people: anyone who is willing to let us love them and be part of our family. We believe that life happens every day and that the church is the best place to find people to belong to so that you don't have to face life alone.