“To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.” (1 Corinthians 4:11-13)


It doesn’t sound like a church name … on purpose. We really want to connect with people who have no interest in “church” by society’s definition. There are plenty of churches for “normal people” and we think we have a unique calling to reach out to our otherwise unreached friends. Our name is integral to that process. Whether outcast by society (e.g., punks, skaters, ravers, homeless people…) or by the church itself, many who come can identify with the name “Scum of the Earth” since they have been previously treated as such.

More important to us, however, the name implies that being people of faith does not mean we are better than anyone else. We know many non-Christians who think Christians are out to cast judgment on them. Our name makes it clear that we aren’t about that. We are just aware of our need for God, as Scum of the Earth. Fortunately, God never sees us like that! But the name is humble and we like that.

–Chris Baker


We strive to be a church who:
seeks intimacy with God and honest relationships with others
cultivates creativity and uses everyone’s gifts
asks questions while seeking Truth
recognizes our need for a Savior
passionately yet respectfully shares the saving love of Christ
demonstrates God’s love in our community


We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, free from error in the original autographs and the final authority in matters of life and faith. The sixty-six books of the Protestant Canon contain God’s written revelation of himself.

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Together they dwell in a tri-unity of love. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ the Son, begotten of the Father who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus was fully God and fully man. For us and our salvation he became incarnate in order that he may reconcile us to the Father. His vicarious death on the cross paid the price for our sin-debt. His resurrection on the third day proved that he was God the Son, who conquered death and by his power declared our sins forgiven. Jesus ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we are regenerated and justified by Christ. The spirit indwells each believer and works in each believer’s life to conform him/her to Christ.

Humans were created in God’s image, but the sin of our first parents has rendered us spiritually dead and unable to save ourselves.

It is only through God’s gracious provision to us whereby we can be in a right relationship with God. This covenant of grace was sealed with the blood of Christ on behalf of our sins. It is by Christ’s finished work upon the cross that God has forgiven us our sins, declared us righteous, and given us the right to be his adopted children.

We believe that those whom Christ has saved are part of his universal church, whose goal is to glorify God by proclaiming and demonstrating the lordship of Christ. Christ has given his Church the gifts of baptism and the Lord’s Supper as signs of his abiding grace to strengthen us in our faith as we live in his called-out community.

We look forward to Christ’s second coming when he will raise the dead, judge the world, and consummate his kingdom in the new heavens and the new earth. It is then that we will dwell as whole people in salvation and in the glory of God forever.

Scum of the Earth Church