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That people will clearly see and know God, and join Him in the renewal of all things.

About

Who we are

Clarity is a progressive Los Angeles church based in Santa Monica, California. We are a community of professionals, married couples, and families that live primarily on the west side of LA. We would love to meet you at one of our Sunday morning gatherings or community groups.


Our Heart

God is writing a beautiful story at Clarity. It began with eleven people who moved into Los Angeles with a dream to start a church that would clearly reflect Jesus and make a tangible difference in the lives of both the cultural elites and the marginalized in the city. Los Angeles is a culture creating city that helps shape the imagination of the world, so we are committed to putting roots down, staying in the city, and having global impact for the common good through life-giving influence here. We are an inclusive community, living as a family, on mission to join God in the renewal of all things.

Sunday Gatherings

We gather Sunday mornings from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at McKinley Elementary School. Gathering for worship on a regular basis is one of the core practices we glean from the church of the first century. It is a critical time to be strengthened, challenged, and reinforced as being an integral part of what God is doing in Los Angeles. Expect to be welcomed, loved, and treated as a part of the family. McKinley is located at 2401 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica. Park in the school lot off Chelsea and follow the blue signs.

You can listen to our weekly AUDIO PODCAST through our Updates Page or through iTunes.


Clarity Kids

We love and believe in the kids of our city. Every week at our Sunday gathering we have unique classes intentionally designed for each age group. Each class is led by two or more of our trained and screened workers. The BRIGHT nursery is for ages 0 – 23 months. The SHINE class is for ages 2 – 5 years. The LED class is for grades K – 6. You will see signage upon your arrival for the locations of each class. You can also feel free to bring your kids with you into the main gathering.

Community Groups

Relationships are at the core of what Clarity is all about. A primary place to develop and enjoy those relationships is through our community groups. We have multiple groups at various times and locations throughout the city. These groups are wonderful environments to simply get connected with those similar to you and in your area. From industry professionals to young families with kids, there is a group intentionally designed for you. Email info@clarity.la for more info.

Our Pastor

Nathan Kollar

Lead Pastor

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Nathan Kollar

Our Team

Clarity is made up of many people who give of their time, abilities, and resources to make it all happen. From volunteer staff members to those who serve a couple times a month on a team, it is impossible for us to function apart from the faithfulness of many. It is a beautiful thing to serve alongside those we love and to see many hands come together to accomplish the extraordinary. We encourage everyone in our church to get involved with one of our teams, even if just a few times a year. Email info@clarity.la for more info.

Updates

To stay current with upcoming events, new blog posts, most recent podcasts, or new videos,
check out our Updates page here.

Join us Sundays at 11 AM

McKinley Elementary School

2401 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Values

Abide in Christ

Making the shift from striving to abiding. Jesus said in John 15:5,  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” We spend time abiding with God, holding to the promise of seeing what only God can do. On a daily basis, we place ourselves at the feet of Jesus.

Serve Always

Making the shift from self focused living to others focused living. True joy comes only from serving and it is critical that our walk matches our talk, or else we disqualify the message. Jesus came as a servant to all, and thus demonstrated what it is to know and follow God. Our desire is to clearly reflect Jesus, the ultimate servant.

Live Missionally

Making the shift from living as a consumer to living on mission. In all things we have the joy of partnering with God on His mission, exchanging our fleeting plans for His eternal plans. We seek the Kingdom of God and we desire to live in a way that will bring renewal to our families, neighborhoods, and world.

“There is a home to belong, found in the family of God.

We are the daughters and sons, with our inheritance sure.

Love everlasting says come, we hear the call and we run.”

From “O Yes We Run” Clarity – Origins and Rest

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As we have endeavored to see God’s Kingdom expressed in LA, these songs have become memorials for us. We visit them to remember what God has done, what He has promised, and that our highest calling is to know Him and then join in His beautiful and restorative work in the world. The concept of Origins and Rest began as a season when we endeavored, as much as possible, to return to the origins of our faith and rest in the work of Christ and His Gospel.Part of this initiative was to strip back the production of our Sunday services and focus on a simple gathering of prayer, worship, Spirit, and Word. With a lead singer, a guitar, a cajon, and one unified voice, we lifted our hearts to the Lord. As that simple band grew, and as we continued to pen new songs, this album emerged. Our prayer is that it will help you clearly see and know God, and join Him in the renewal of all things.

 

According to the New Testament, God wills that the church be a people who show what God is like.

Beyond Us

Here at Clarity, we believe in partnering with local and global organizations that are doing incredible works of justice, economic stimulation, and sharing the love of Jesus. One hundred percent of our “Beyond Us” offerings go to these causes. Below are some of the people and organizations we are currently partnering with: 

 

iEmpathize
We partner with Guido and Katie Hajenius in the effort to eradicate child exploitation (human trafficking) and engage culture in creative solutions. They raise awareness, work with the FBI, work with Truckers across America, and help to create laws internationally that bring justice. Check them out here.

McKinley Elementary School
We partner with McKinley Elementary when possible and/or needed. McKinley is the local Santa Monica school we gather in on Sundays. Recently, we helped purchase books for the student’s new character building curriculum.

Live-Dead Initiative- Somalia
We partner with this great work to stimulate the economy, meet tangible needs, and plant a vibrant church in Somalia; one of the most dangerous and un-reached places on earth. Check them out here and also like the Facebook page and pray daily.

John and Rebecca Tufrinwick
We partner with the Tufrinwick’s in East Africa. Stimulating the economy, meeting tangible needs, and planting churches.

Steve & Becky Preston
We partner with Steve and Becky to plant churches in SoCal by recruiting, training, connecting, and resourcing new church planters. They were instrumental in the planting of Clarity. Check them out here.

Austin & Jennifer Jones
We partner with Austin and Jennifer Jones in the Indian Reservations in the bush of Alaska. Bringing hope, healing, and planting churches. Check them out here.

Jeff and Ericka Sandstrom
We partner with the Sandstrom’s as they plant innovative churches throughout Chicagoland that are reaching people that typically wouldn’t step foot into a church.

Nick and Kimbra Stuva
We partner with the Stuva’s, bringing innovative and entrepreneurial economic stimulation to the most remote areas of Tanzania, creating a platform for sharing God’s love. They have a vision for the renewal of all things in Tanzania.

Email info@clarity.la with any questions.

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WE VALUE YOUR SUPPORT

Our first season as a church has been an exciting time of growth and we look forward with great anticipation to all God is going to do. There are many opportunities to connect, expand, and serve within our church community and in our neighborhoods and city at large.

We need your support to continue to pursue God’s calling. If you have not given to Clarity in the past, there is no better time to start. If you have been looking for an opportunity to give above and beyond your normal tithe, now may be the time. You can give online here.

GENEROSITY

We live in a culture where spirituality cannot be separated from generosity. The needs of our city and of the world are impossible to ignore. The teachings of Jesus implore us to give to those in need and to commit ourselves to an ethic of generosity. The scriptures say that God loves a cheerful giver, not because the church’s needs are met, but because God’s heart is made glad when we depend on him to provide for us. “Seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be given to you as well”
(Matthew 6).

THE TITHE

For those who are committed to the community of Clarity, we believe God has called us to give ten percent of our income into the work of the local church. This is called the tithe. The Bible actually teaches us that we are simply returning this to God. It is His resource and we have the joy of returning it into the work of His house. This is our first and most crucial act of obedience regarding our finances. Really, it is not an obligation, it is a privilege. The tithe enables us to do what God has called us to do! This is how we see individuals, families, neighborhoods, and industries renewed!
We hope you will be faithful with your tithe for the sake of Clarity and its work but also for the sake of you and your family. Obedience in your finances releases the blessing of God in your finances. You can read about this in Malachi 3:8-10. Jesus then confirmed the tithe along with justice and love in Luke 11:42.

Then, after we have been faithful with our tithe, we give offerings above and beyond the ten percent to support other organizations God has called us to both locally and globally. We call this our Beyond Us giving. You can read more about them above.

Thank you for your vital partnership. None of this is possible without you.

METHODS OF GIVING

Online
Clarity can receive one time or recurring monetary gifts online by credit card. You will receive a tax receipt.

Give Online

By Mail
You can mail a check, made out to Clarity, to 2801 Delaware Ave Suite A Santa Monica, CA 90404. If you wish to give to a specific initiative, please write it in the memo.

On Sundays
Simply bring cash or checks to any of our Sunday gatherings and drop them in the offering box, or fill out the card to give by credit card. To receive an end-of-year tax receipt, please be sure to include your full name and correct address on your envelope or check. You can also give on Sundays through the Square on the iPad.

In essentials, unity.
In non-essentials, liberty.
In all things, love.
- Meiderlin

What We Believe

The Apostles’ Creed is the foundational creed of Christian churches. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; most of the creed dates from the early second century. The creed was apparently used as a summary of Christian doctrine for baptismal candidates in the churches of Rome.
Though many churches and flavors of Christianity throughout the ages have different interpretations of the Bible, and embrace various doctrinal nuances, the essence of what the Scriptures teach is found in the words of the Apostles’ Creed. Therefore, we have fellowship with other members of the Body of Christ who profess their faith as follows:

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended into hell.
On the third day He arose again;
He ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and He will come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic (universal) church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Further Explanation Of Our Core Beliefs 

These Core Beliefs are intended to be the basis of our actions. There will always be peripheral doctrines upon which committed followers of Christ disagree, but on these core beliefs we agree.

The Bible Is The Inspired Word Of God

The Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and is the only authoritative rule of faith and conduct for mankind. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

There Is One True God

Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:4-5); His miracles (Acts 2:22; Acts 10:37-38); His death on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God the Father.

All Men Are Sinners In Need Of A Savior

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6), their sin had several consequences: First, they were sent from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), next a curse was pronounced on them and all their descendents (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left us in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23).

But God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to save the world (John 3:16). The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (1 Peter 2:24). When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction: We become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19); we are given eternal life (John 3:16); we become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7); our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12); we are born again (John 3:3).

Salvation Is Through Faith In Christ, And Is Given By God’s Grace

When asked the way to the Father, Jesus replied, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” We gain access to God and His grace through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. (Romans 5:1-8) There is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor. Eternal life is a gift (Romans 6:26). We are saved by grace through faith, and even our faith is a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The Holy Spirit Is Given To All Believers

The Holy Spirit is given to all believers to empower us to share what God has done for us (Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9). The nine fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. The gifts of the Spirit are different manifestations of the Spirit to build up the body (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1), but they must be exercised in an orderly way (1 Corinthians 14:26-33) in the context of love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). There are also various experiences of The Spirit which the Scripture refers to as “fillings, baptism, & leadings” (Acts 1:8; 2:1f; Matthew 4:1; Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5).

Contact

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Email us at info@clarity.la

Send us mail at 2801 Delaware Ave Suite A Santa Monica, CA 90404

 

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