Seattle >Churches > Church of the Undignified
1411 21st Ave, Seattle, WA | Directions 9812247.613285 -122.305101
Neighborhoods: Central Seattle, Central, Minor
This has been an experience of community that has changed my world-view and spirituality forever. I have experienced healing, Jesus' deep love, freedom, and my capability as a worshiper to connect with God and affect change in the environments around me. The joy and non-traditional approach to church has shown me what the Church is capable of in love.
After encountering God in such a powerful and loving way with Church of the Undignified, I changed my life around just so I could stay a part of this amazing community. The incredible people who make up this church are so centered on the presence of God that your life can't help but to be completely transformed in this atmosphere.
It is with this group of people that I have been able to constantly be in awe of the goodness of God, realize more and more the beauty of who I am, and be so loved that crazy life struggles naturally fall away because I am so built up and encouraged.
I first visited the church in 2010 and fell in love with it! The authenticity in worship is astounding! These people get it- it's all about the presence of Jesus! The church encourages inner healing via Sozo (look it up if you haven't heard of it- it changed my life). The leadership, namely Benji and Abbi Rodes, are passionate about the love of Jesus and are amazing leaders. They encourage and cultivate an environment of healthy relationships and healthy believers. Incredibly anointed place!
A truly loving and grace-filled community that is all about acceptance, grace and finding your passion in Jesus. This is the message I hear every week, "God loves you, he is for you and he has blessings that he's ready to give out to you. Come and get it!!!"
I've been a part of the CU community for 4 years and absolutely love doing life with the people there. Benji and Abbi Rodes are truly among the most humble people I know. I love their heart for the poor and broken and their passion for seeing Heaven invade earth. At CU I've personally seen knees and backs healed and pain leave people's bodies, emotional healing, financial breakthrough and blessings! If you want to experience and encounter Father God's heart for you in a tangible and life-impacting way, visit Church of the Undignified.
Somebody HAS to tell the truth about this church.
It’s amazingly bizarre, that Benjamin Rodes has been called a prophet. Prophet of WHAT? Prophet of self-centeredness? Beneath the nice exterior, what I found was a cruel and insensitive person. I found him to care very little about other people. His wife is even worse. She’s the kind of person who has to be the center of attention all the time—the church is all about her, and her childish vanity.
These two people have created a thick cloud of deception around themselves. Their followers seem to think the Rodes are Godly people, because the Rodes SAY that they’re Godly people. It all has a very strange, cult-like feel to it. The pastor’s wife is presented as a “prophet”, when I know that she’s actually a very wicked person, and very deceitful. She loves to spread poisonous and hateful gossip, and doesn’t have a shred of real love in her. She’s actually full of hatred and malice.
It’s very strange, how these two managed to find such a naïve and gullible group of people, who are willing to believe their foolish nonsense. They love to talk a lot about miracles, and their place in the contemporary world. They talk about people being raised from the dead, in distant places like Africa (this has been debunked by actual observers). Here in Seattle, they claim miracles happen routinely. There was an oddball case reported by pastor Benji, of the healing of a man’s toothache. He claimed that his silver amalgam filling was turned into gold. It’s hard to imagine how such stupid rubbish could be reported as fact, but that’s what he did. It’s kind of like the medieval superstition that chemists could turn lead into gold. Why would God go to the trouble of manufacturing new gold, when he could just heal the infection causing the pain? But their followers don’t seem willing to ask such questions.
You can tell these two have been to Self-Esteem Camp: they think they’re absolutely wonderful. But to anyone who gets to know them well enough, they’re not. The whole thing would be funny, if it weren’t so disgusting. This is a good church to avoid.
IS THIS A CULT? – I seriously wonder if this place is a cult.
The people are extremely nice; that’s why I gave it 2 stars. But the church leadership acts rather strange.
This past Sunday, the message focused on the evils of “complaining” and “arguing”. This is something I’ve never heard preached from a pulpit, in many years and with many churches. It feels like the leadership wants to stop anyone from ever saying anything that they don’t want to hear. I don’t remember anything in the Bible about the evils of complaining or arguing…it’s as if the pastor’s personal convenience is more important than proper church doctrine. What next…the evils of disagreeing?
About a year ago, some guy was thrown out of the church, apparently just for asking questions. This seems to be part of a general pattern of intolerance. Maybe this is why everyone is so nice: maybe they’re afraid of being ostracized, if they ever say anything that’s considered unacceptable. That’s enough to make it seem cult-like to me.
Another odd aspect of this church is the exceptional emphasis on miracles. Nearly every Sunday, there’s talk of some remarkable occurrence in some remote corner of the world: miraculous healings, miraculous occurrences, and even folks being raised from the dead. These would be fine things, if there were any sort of corroborating source…newspaper article, medical report, anything. It’s almost as if the Christian faith is something found only in the sensational tabloids: “BAT-BOY BORN IN THE MOUNTAINS OF ROMANIA!!!” These things always seem to happen in places so far away, in such out-of-the-way places that it’s impossible to confirm them. I don’t think such fantastical stories should be the basis of one’s faith.
In short, I don’t think this is the best place to grow as a Christian. Growing into maturity requires freedom from fear, and I have serious doubts about finding it here.
Things have changed! – Our new address is 1464 21st Ave Seattle WA 98122
shallow, superficial – The Church of the Undignified can be a great place if you're in a party mood. But if your needs run deeper than skin level, then it has serious deficiencies. The "healing" process tends to be a quick procedure, with virtually no follow up. The amount of actual involvement of the church leaders in the lives of parishoners is very small.
It's a little like a restaurant that only serves cake and ice cream--lively celebrations, without much going on behind the facade. In spite of the fact that it's a rather small group, a person can still get lost there. I didn't feel that I was heard there, and my needs went unmet.
Sorry to hear you feel this way. God is so good and our family is on an awesome journey of unity and it's amazing. God is good and the healing process is actually a life time procedure of being a participant in the family. Blessings on you : )
Real people serving a real God – I first came to Church of the Undignified in March of 2005. What first struck me about it was that everyone seemed to be genuinely in love with Jesus. I knew this wasn't only a Sunday thing for them. People were tremendously loving and welcoming to me, even though we'd just met. As I've continued to be a part of this church, that sense of community, friendship and family has only grown stronger.
Even more significantly, I've really felt like God is present among this fellowship in a powerful way, and that presence is often tangible and observable. Specifically, in addition to the love and acceptance, divinely inspired words are common, as well as the healing of sickness and emotional trauma. Dancing, poetry and art are all welcome forms of worship and celebration, in addition to singing and playing music.
The teaching is relevant and insightful, Biblically based, and encouraging. Messages are delivered with humility and gentleness, and often include opportunities for participation and dialog.
CitySearch won't let me include links, but if you search "Church of the Undignified", you can find the church website, as well as a recent magazine article about the church in Holiness Today, which offers the perspective of someone not directly involved in the group.
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