We are a member of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches - a worldwide fellowship founded by Rev. Troy Perry in 1968 to proclaim God's love to those who had previously been denied a place in Christ's church. MCC is at the forefront of transforming churches into places where all are valued and celebrated, including our initial outreach to the LGBT community.
Metropolitan Community Churches are on a bold mission to transform hearts, lives, and history...Just as Jesus did, we are called to: Do justice, show kindness, and live humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)
- From MCC's Statement of Vision
Metropolitan Community Churches is a congregation-led denomination which, as of 2011, celebrates the presence of affiliated churches, worshipping groups, and missions in 37 nations. Starting with one group of 12 in Los Angeles in 1968, MCC now has 172 churches throughout the world, 50 church starts, and 12 special ministries.
A Church-Led Denomination
MCC began a fellowship of churches, each church linked to another through affiliation as an open and inclusive body. Collectively, MCC churches offer a picture of Christianity and religion which celebrates God's diverse creativity. At our foundation, MCC brings to bear the co-existance and complementary relationship of sexuality and spirituality; initially bringing the message of God's love to homosexual persons. As MCC's message of love and inclusion in God's creation brought our churches into a variety of countries and cultures, our particular devotion to human rights and justice extended our gospel message to issues of human sexuality, gender identity, race, poverty, and more.
The Church as Individual
Each Metropolitan Community Church is locally founded, locally governed, and locally supported. Congregations determine their own bylaws and governance receiving guidance from the denominational office. The process of affiliation ensures that the local MCC, by congregant consensus, affirms MCC's Core Values.
The Church as Fellowship
The MCC denominational offices, the administrative and spiritual arm of our collective fellowship, maintans global ministries, programs, and missions. MCC's Board of Elders, elected denominational leaders, provide local churches with both spiritual and administrative guidance for healthy church life in local settings.
We at Metropolitan Community Church of New Orleans believe passionately that each person should be celebrated!