Where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.
You wanna go where people know, people are all the same,
You wanna go where everybody knows your name.
You will never get lost in the shuffle at TBC. There are no limits to what you can do or be here. No group is closed, no office unattainable, no ministry off limits. There are opportunities for service, worship, study, socializing, and mission. This is just part of our radical welcome.
We are a Welcoming & Affirming Baptist Church...Really. We are more than just "welcoming and affirming"-- we are public and proactive about our welcome and full affirmation of the LGBT community. There is a difference between being merely "welcoming" and being both affirming and open about our affirmation. Welcoming alone sends a message to LGBT folks that they may come to church, but they may not be accepted or allowed into leadership positions or the life of the church. Welcoming and Affirming sends a message that not only are you welcome here, but we affirm you as a child of God and welcome you into full inclusion in the life of the church, including leadership. Some churches are welcoming and affirming but are living "stealth" -- not being public about their welcome. We believe that we must be public and proactive. TBC is a place where it is safe to be who you are whether that is straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or however else you identify.
Speaking of Welcome - skeptics, questioners, and those seeking deeper, scholarly answers are also welcome here. It is ok to question, in fact, we welcome questions! We are willing to dig deep into theology, philosophy, and Biblical scholarship as we study scripture. Our studies (Sunday Scholars, Unpacking the Word, and Wed. Bible Study) focus not only traditional topics like Paul's missionary journeys but topics such as the Gnostic Gospels, Spiritual Practices, the theology of the birth narratives from Crossan and Borg's The First Christmas, and more. Our after-worship Unpacking the Word gives you an opportunity to talk and ask questions about the sermon, scripture readings or even the hymns!
And finally. We aspire to be missional. Opening our doors wide doesn't mean only radical hospitality to those who come in our doors. It means radical hospitality and mission to those outside our doors. We aspire to be a mission to the communities we serve: our Twinbrook neighbors, including our surrounding schools; the city of Rockville, including Community Ministries of Rockville and the Faith Community Advisory Council; feeding organizations including Manna foods, FISH, and Nourish Now; the lgbt community, including Transgender Day of Remembrance, Capitol Pride parade and festival; housing and disaster repair, including Habitat for Humanity, Mission Serve, Lutheran Disaster Response, and the DC Baptist Convention Disaster Team; and others who we are called to serve.