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Who We Are

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Our Creed

 

We believe God, a good and loving Father, created humanity for nearness with Him, and He eternally pursues us. We find our being in communion with Him, and our response to His pursuit is worship in all we do. Let the fullness of our lives be worship to you.

 

 

We believe Jesus Christ came from Heaven to earth, revealing the essence of God to humanity. He died on a cross and rose again, redeeming and restoring us to the Father, ascended to Heaven, and will return one day. It is our joyful expectation to see Him face to face and live in perfect unity with Him for eternity. Set us apart as a spotless bride as we seek you first.

 

 

We believe the Holy Spirit is present with us as we wait for Christ’s return. In every moment, the Spirit empowers us to live like Jesus – a life marked by the power of miracles and the sacrifice of love. The Spirit reveals all truth to us, and helps us share His good news. Baptize us with your Presence so we may be present with the world.

 

 

We believe His Kingdom is here, expanding, and never-ending. We are a family, a community, a unified body with individual parts, grafted into His Kingdom. Each of our stories is woven into God’s great story. Help us to honor and empower one another to bring glory to you.


 

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Apostle’s Creed

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose 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.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 
 

Spiritual Directors

Jordan and Andrea Sutton

Andrea and I were newly married, fresh out of college and ready to take on the world through an adventure we called church planting. Little did we know how “not ready” we were and how much refining was ahead of us (and still is ahead, thank God). But ready or not, sometimes God has ideas and you just follow His voice. So that’s what we did. We followed His voice into the vast unknown, the adventure of a lifetime and the ultimate character-shaper…and we’re so glad we did!

Over the years, ClearPath has become our home. Not just a building, but the people have become our home. We have grown as a couple in the incubator of family. We’ve bumped heads, cried tears of pain and tears of joy, questioned ourselves and wrestled with God, but we are better people because of this people. ClearPath has been the biggest blessing of our lives.

We started our journey praying in our home with another couple. Then we added friends and family to the mix, and before you knew it, we were all-out launching a church by way of a community outreach in the eastern Dallas area. The excitement was tangible. And we were shocked it was actually happening – the dreams in our hearts coming to reality. We did church the culturally normal way – worship & sermons on Sunday mornings, the occasional gospel outing and prayer meeting, and eventually added home groups a couple of times a month because we knew we needed that discipleship element. We did our best with what we knew. We were growing, we were thriving and then God hit us with a bomb in the Fall of 2016.

We always knew we were called to reform. And reforming was what He was asking us to do. At one of those occasional prayer meetings, He spoke clearer than we’d ever heard Him before. His statement was simple but carried big power: “Come follow me. Let the dead bury the dead.” We knew it was time to give something up, to let something die so something new could take its place, to lay our comfort down for the sake of something bigger than us. So we called our church family into a season of prayer.

Over the next months of almost nightly prayer in our home, God asked us the question, “How would you do church if you had never seen it modeled before?” Wow. Dangerous question, God. It certainly wouldn’t look like what we had made it. We began looking at the first ever church in the Bible, the church of the apostles, and we saw something different than what we saw in modern day church. Instead of big buildings filled to the brim with programs and sermons attempting to bring the lost ones inside, we saw individuals empowered and going out into their communities to bring transformation.

We saw the church doing life together on a more than one time a week basis, breaking bread in their homes, building relationships with each other, gathering around the table of the Lord…not the pulpit. When they gathered in large groups, it was a time for worship, prayer and the building-up of the saints, not a “catch all” service to reach everyone and do everything possible at once.

So at the beginning of 2017, we began to deconstruct our preconceived ideas of what church was. Instead of our main focus being on the corporate gathering, where everyone is ministered to, needs met and all facets of church (worship, teaching, sermon, gospel, prayer) smashed into a 2-hour, once weekly meeting, we got back to the basics, to the essentials of church.

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For us that took on a different model of church and a different focus entirely – we call them house churches. These communities meet in homes across the Dallas area that are led by different families where people are encouraged, empowered, serve together and find God through relationship. We also host weekly prayer meetings, weekly corporate gatherings (where all house churches meet together for worship & teaching) and other events at a corporate location. We have seen individuals blossom and find a place to belong, relationships grow and those outside of the church find transformation in their lives. It’s been a beautiful journey – one that’s just getting started!

Don’t get me wrong, I have all the love for what the modern day church has seen, done and accomplished…because it has done amazing things! Things that we have done, supported and been a part of! But for ClearPath, we feel that God is stripping away excess, doing something less production-oriented and more authentic, more presence-oriented. It’s time to get back to the essentials of church, and we invite you into our journey of discovery.

The Team

 

Zane and Tiffany Sipes

Associate Directors

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ClearPath is more of a family than most people have by blood. It is a group of people who I call my closest friends... we seek God together year after year, wrestle through life's difficult questions, laugh together and encourage each other in life by the Spirit. In the last 9 years in this community, I have been formed and changed more than I could have imagined. I am really grateful for that.

I consider my role to be a great privilege - I simply have the honor of leading people into deep knowledge of God through words and worship. There is nothing more life-changing than when someone knows what the Father is saying to or about them specifically - not just a generic word. My prayer is that every song, word or service is designed in a way that gives people a direct personal connection with the Trinity.

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Youth Director

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I would say that I am passionate about my role in ministry because I am getting to do exactly what the heart of the Father wants and desires me to do. There is not one person on earth that does not deserve getting the chance to know Him, and I want to do all that I can to be that conduit to bring that flame. The best way I feel I can start a wildfire is working with the next generations to come. My heart leaps when someone just gets it: when they truly experience the love of the Father and the freedom that brings. I want to look at the world around me and see a people in profound deep freedom and wholeness.

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Kids Director

Alanna Thompson

There's an amazing feeling I get when I see our children finally understand what they have been studying, or when I see them act out what they recently discovered in His Word. I love calling out their gifts and talents and encouraging them to use their gifts for God's glory. Truly the love and innocence of a child worshiping our savior with their whole heart brings heaven to earth and I love being a part of it.

 
 
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Clearpath.life Director

Andrea Sutton

I love the gift and power of story and how it can be so pivotal in reaching different groups of people across different lines. Clearpath.Life, as a content site, has told a story - that living the Jesus life is a beautiful journey experienced best in community - and that story has transcended the lines and brought unity in diverse spaces. I am thankful to be able to be a part of making these spaces available to anyone willing to deepen their experience with God!