Since our beginning, TCC has offered membership and service opportunities to everyone - regardless of their ethnicity, culture, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation. In 2016 the Wesleyan denomination asked us to change our practice. We were asked us to limit church membership and service based on sexuality. That is not something we were willing to do. The staff and board remained dedicated to keeping the church doors open to every person - regardless of a person's sexual orientation.
This decision resulted in the Wesleyan church deciding we could no longer be a part of the denomination. When we shared that announcement with our community, we also shared that we would revisit the topic of faith and sexuality in the future. We have continued to do that through prayer, sermons, a welcoming community, and ongoing dialogue.
To provide clarity, the Staff and Council have composed a statement on what TCC believes about sexuality. We want to share this with you.
TCC’s Statement on Sexuality
We recognize that sexuality has become a hard conversation within our culture and within the Christian church all over the world. In our own church family, issues surrounding sexuality cause both confusion and pain. Feeling a need to clarify, we have attempted to work through a process of discernment in submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
We affirm the Image of God, the value and dignity in all people without exception.
We desire to love and support each person, inviting people to sit at the feet of Christ and fully live the life God invited them to.
While sexuality has become an idol within the church at large, it is the Apostles Creed that serves as our organizing principle of belief. As the Creed does not elevate sexuality to the level of essential in doctrine, Transformation City Church also does not have an official doctrine on which expressions of sexuality are approved. While this doctrinal question is not central to our belief and our mission as a church, the humans affected are. All people are welcome and loved at TCC with their own personal convictions.
At TCC, we support people in pursuing a covenantal relationship that is God-honoring - whether that relationship is a covenant of singleness with God, same gender or different gender.
We will have a consistent set of guidelines (available on request) for how TCC can support covenantal relationships.