Grace Community Church
Sexual Offender Participation Policy
Grace Community Church (GCC) seeks to heed the admonition of the Bible to show compassion to
others, reflect the love of Christ, and to look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of
others. GCC also seeks to reflect the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God to all who want to attend
our worship services or become covenant members of this church. We encourage all present members
and attenders of GCC to cultivate this same grace, forbearance, and acceptance of every person who
walks through our doors, including those who are registered sexual offenders and predators (RSOs).
As the gospel is meant for all, we welcome all to our worship and church community. However, in
order for GCC to be a safe place for all who attend, individuals who are RSOs must comply with the
following policy in order to attend our worship services or participate in any of our activities.
The Biblical basis for the careful and prudent oversight of our congregation, our children, and sexual
offenders, along with the basis for graciously including all redeemed sinners in our church community,
is found in the following passages:
● Proverbs 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for
● Matthew 18:6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would
be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the
depth of the sea.
● Acts 20:28-29 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit
has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
● 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of
God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men
who practice homosexuality, (10) nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (11) And such were some of you. But you were
washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the
Spirit of our God.
● 1 Timothy 1:15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus
came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
For the full policy, please click on the .pdf link at the top of this page.
The Elders of GCC want to express their genuine welcoming openness to include all people in the worship and community of this church. Each Elder welcomes any questions or concerns on these matters.