Church Welcome Statement
Sometimes you come across a welcome statement that is so broad and so beautiful it’s impossible not to share! That’s exactly what happened when we stumbled across Brentwood Christian Church’s website.
Brentwood Christian Church (affectionately known as Springfield, MO’s bible belt alternative) is an open and affirming Disciples of Christ congregation striving to become a community where all God’s children are welcome regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective.
And, thanks be to God, every Sunday at their Awakening worship service, they share the following welcome statement:
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here:
If you are young or old, you are welcome
If you have brown skin, black skin, white skin, or any color of skin, you are welcome
If you are married or single, you are welcome
If you are gay or straight, you are welcome
If you are transgender, you are welcome
If you are a man or a woman, you are welcome
If you cannot hear or see, you are welcome
If you are sick or well, you are welcome
If you are happy or sad, you are welcome
If you are rich or poor, powerful or weak, you are welcome
If you believe in God some of the time or none of the time or all of the time, you are welcome
You are welcome here
Come with your gifts, your pain, your hope, your fears
Come with the traditions that have helped you and hurt you
Come with your experiences that have made you and broken you
Come with a mind, ready to engage, and a heart, open to discern
Come and listen for the Sacred Spirit that calls you to love your neighbor wholeheartedly, seek justice, create peace and practice compassion
You are welcome here!
+ Adapted from a welcome by Gordon Brown, published in Shaping Sanctuary
Thank you, Brentwood Christian Church and thank you Rev. Dr. Phil Snider for throwing the doors of your church and your hearts wide open and singing all the while with Jesus, “Whosoever will may come!”
And, SALT peeps, tell us, what you think? Do you like this welcome statement? Do you love it? Does it leave something to be desired? Does your church have a welcome statement - something printed in the bulletin or read from the pulpit? Tell us, tell us, tell us (in the comments below!), we want to know...