Who We Are

We are a Community Built on the Life and Teachings of Jesus.

We believe Jesus perfectly reveals the true heart of God. He’s not a distant or indifferent dad, who scowls with arms crossed as he considers all you’ve wasted and everything you’ve broken. Instead, He’s a God who loves you, whose arms are open wide to welcome people home.

Why would God want to hang with people like us? There’s only one answer: love. Extravagant love. Love that is on a level beyond time and space. Divine love. And this is the kind of love that is towards us today. 

Welcome home.

"When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him and kissed him. Tonight, we feast! My son has come home safe and sound.” From Luke 15, MSG

Our History

I remember at 8 years old, traveling across the country with my dad to every state but one as he preached about living with purpose and this idea that young people are amazing and God can do great things with your life. Then I would get on stage and tell the story of how I almost died three times before I was three years old, how I believed my life had a purpose. My dad was my hero in every way.

My life in ministry has always been about a father-son relationship. Watching what my dad modeled to me over the years, and then encountering God for myself, led me to truly understand the extraordinary love of a father. When Chelsea and I took over the church from my parents in 2009, shortly before my dad passed away, I knew I wanted more people to feel this outrageous Father’s love like I had. It has become the core of who we are as a church. You are loved and you belong, just as you are.

~Pastor Judah Smith

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Leadership

Smith Family

Churchome is a thriving multi-site church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Prior to becoming Lead Pastors in 2009, Judah and Chelsea led Generation Church, the youth ministry of The City Church, for ten years. Judah is known for his fresh, anointed, humorous messages that demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Chelsea is also a gifted leader and speaker, noted for her down-to-earth wisdom, authenticity, humor and strong faith. Judah and Chelsea have three children, Zion, Eliott, and Grace.

Our Mission

The Jesus Is _____. campaign started in 2010 with the simple goal of getting Seattle to think about Jesus. Rather than criticizing people or trying to change their minds, we just wanted to start a conversation. We knew that if anyone could see Him for who He really is, He would be almost irresistible.

The campaign started with a Sunday message series, bumper magnets, a dedicated website (jesus-is.org), bus signs, and billboards around Seattle. We also started social outreach projects called Jesus Is projects, both locally and internationally. The response was incredible, with people all over the greater Seattle area and even in other parts of the country and world taking notice.

The Jesus Is _____. idea immediately took on a life of its own. It was more than a marketing slogan: it was the mission and calling of our church. The idea eventually led to a bestselling book (naturally titled Jesus Is ____.), TV commercials, a music project and tour, and more.

Today, the phrase encapsulates our approach toward church and community. Everyone belongs, whether they fill in the blank the same way we do or not. Our role is simply to start a conversation, to point people to Jesus. He can take it from there.

Our Call

Jesus is the maximum expression of God’s love, which is why our gatherings are focused on connecting with him. We want to create an environment where people can experience God’s love and grace no matter who they are, what they are going through, or what they believe.

But connecting with Jesus isn’t the only way to experience God’s love. We also experience it by connecting with one another through authentic relationships. We are “a small church with a lot of people.” In other words, we want everyone to feel that they are a part of our community and to find the acceptance, friendship, and family they need.

Our goal is to make the connection between God and people really simple, so much of what we do is focused around what we call The 5 G’s: Gatherings, Groups, Generations, Generosity, and Growth.