From all of us who have been working to see the vision of ClearView become a reality, we cannot tell you how grateful we are for the chance to meet you Sunday.
God put in our hearts a common burden to start a church that’s challenging but not intimidating, and now, this Sunday, it all begins.
Challenging but not intimidating?
Let me explain. By “not intimidating” we mean the kind of family where anyone–anyone–feels immediately comfortable, where cold religion gives way to a fresh working of the Spirit, and where Jesus is presented so clearly and beautifully that no one wants to spend much time discussing much else.
By “challenging,” however, we mean a church that produces honest disciples. Not fakers, posers, or attenders. Disciples. Men and women who would never pretend to have it all together but have handed their hearts over to Jesus for him to do what only he can do. Folks who, in the words of my favorite writer Brennan Manning, “want Jesus and want to want nothing else.”
Every church, we think, should be judged by two things:
The people coming in and the people going out. If people with issues don’t feel welcome, then you’ve lost the way of Jesus. At the same time, if the people who come aren’t captivated and drawn into new life, then you’ve sold short the only hope humanity’s got.
We believe everyone deserves a clear view of the gospel.
We believe that the choices we make and the lives we live will either put Jesus on display or obscure him further. We believe that seeing Jesus clearly leads to seeing everything else clearly. We believe that’s just as true for you as for us. That’s why we’re here.
We’ve got no interest in wasting anyone’s time.
We’ve got no interest in going through the motions or wedging our way into your already full calendar. Our interest is to walk with you in the way of Jesus in this world: as a family, sharing God’s grace, living for others.
Inevitably, something will go wrong.
Sunday won’t be perfect. There will be a bug (either figuratively or literally). When something goes unexpectedly, help us to have a sense of humor about it. Otherwise, we hope you’ll join in fully and share your thoughts with us honestly.
ClearView won’t be the right fit for all of you.
And that’s okay. We see ourselves as partners with every other band of Christ-followers. If you’re thriving as part of another church, thank God and keep going. If, however, you think God might be calling you to join us in this new mission, you’ll never find a group of people more excited to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.
I can’t think about the future of this church without smiling.
So thank you. Thanks for taking a chance and visiting us. Thanks for believing that God is up to something great, here and now.
See you Sunday!