We welcome and accept all people. And, all means all.

It really is that simple.

Journey of Faith Christian Church recognized the calling to love and welcome all of God’s children early on. In the 1990s, the congregation adopted an “open and affirming statement.” Scripture affirms that all people are created in the image of God and share with all others in the worth that comes from being unique individuals.

We take to heart the message of 1 Corinthians 12 and why it’s important to include the entire body of Christ in ministry to others. Each person brings their own unique abilities to the table, illustrating perfectly that “the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you.’ ” We try to remain faithful to that calling.

Jesus said, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”

It was that simple for Jesus too.

“God, who despises and rejects none of your children, help us learn from Jesus to respect and love all. Amen!”