Welcome

The only thing we’ll ask of you is simple: relax.

You don’t have to dress up. We don’t care who you voted for in the last election. And please, don’t feel the need to pretend about anything. EastLake is a non-denominational, inter-generational, multi-locational (is that a word?), somewhat disorganized church started by nine friends in 2005. Our original goal was to simply create a safe environment for regular people to explore faith within community. Everyone is welcome here, whatever your story, your questions, doubts or struggles. So come as you are, because that’s where God meets us — as is. From there, we’ll help each other grow to be all God intended us to be.

What To Expect On A Sunday

-Friendly people will smile and say hello.
-Hot coffee will be ready when you arrive.
-There will be fun, age-appropriate settings for your kids (babies through 6th grade).
-The service will include some music, readings from Scripture, prayer, a teaching and a response time at the end for communion* and personal reflection.
-After about 80 minutes, it’s over.

See a video of what it looks like.

*We practice open communion, which means everyone is welcome. In order that all may participate equally, we serve communion with juice and gluten-free bread.

Multi-Site

EastLake is one church but we meet in multiple locations.

All services are identical in format and content with the teaching portion of the service being shared across all locations via video. Honestly, the whole thing seems a little jumbo-tron-techno-dork to us, but it sure beats building a kajillion dollar facility to hold everyone. All of this just helps us to be more effective in reaching more people, in more places with the good news of God’s love.

What We (aspire to) Believe

We think the world is tired of religious people who claim to believe a list of ideas when those very ideas don’t translate into any kind of personal transformation. Plus, we see belief as a dynamic lived out in reality, which doesn’t translate well into a few paragraphs on a website. The sad truth is, there are days when our lives express our belief in God, and there are other days when our beliefs are merely empty statements we live in spite of. Ultimately, you can find our actual beliefs in the lived out expressions of our collective lives. The statement below is therefore merely that, a statement. It’s something you might say we’re relying on, or trusting in. And it’s something that ultimately we aspire to believe … not just in our hearts and minds, but in the way that we live in this world.

Creation is good, history is headed somewhere, and every life is inestimably and eternally valuable. 
Jesus Christ reveals God’s true essence; kind, beautiful, other-oriented, Divine Love.
Followers of Jesus should get all of their “life” (value, worth, significance) from the love that God has shown them on the cross. Every other source of “life”—including the rightness of our beliefs—is an idol.
Faith is not the absence of doubt, but the willingness to commit to a course of action in spite of uncertainty. 
Jesus-followers should never be afraid of wrestling with biblical criticism, evolutionary theory, or any other field of rational inquiry.
The way of Jesus is a lifestyle of holistic healing for individuals, families, neighborhoods and nations. 
To follow this way is the countercultural road of limitless forgiveness, radical acceptance, nonviolent peacemaking, abundant generosity and sacrificial love.
Salvation isn’t a contractual relationship of filling in the right theological answers or behaving the correct way, but an ongoing covenantal relationship with our Creator.
This understanding can move us away from religious systems as our pathway to God as we understand that union with God simply ‘is’ because of Jesus. In this way, salvation is about your NOW life, not your afterlife.
We mustn’t confuse the Kingdom of God with the kingdoms of this world. God’s Kingdom is power under, not power over; invitation, not coercion; service, not consumption.
God doesn’t cause suffering, but redeems it. And calls us to join in the work of renewing and reconciling and redeeming all things. 
The future is open and full of possibilities. We must embrace the awesome role we are invited to play in it.