What to Expect


Elevation places a high value on being a place for anyone and everyone who is exploring Jesus or looking for a place to worship. We aim to make it comfortable for people who don’t do church AND those who do. There’s no pretense, “secret handshake,” or special clothing needed.

Attending a church for the first time can sometimes be uncomfortable, a little bit scary, or unfamiliar if you didn’t grow up attending one.  At Elevation, we don’t want you to be anxious about visiting us.  We do want you to come and experience what God is doing in and through our church.
You’ve probably heard the expression, “you can’t judge a book by its cover.”  That is so true at Elevation.  While we’ve met in some unorthodox places, like a nightclub, we are totally sold out for Jesus, seek to be relevant in our community, encourage authentic ministry, and stick to Bible teaching that is useful to daily life and filled with encouragement.

Current Meeting Place:

We are currently meeting on Facebook for worship and the sermon every Sunday at 10am and then moving to Zoom for some post-teaching fellowship.

What is the worship service like?

Ultimately our worship service is Jesus-centered, which is to say – worship that is in view of the powerful work of salvation that Jesus has accomplished on the cross. We do have musical worship from wonderfully talented musicians at the start of the service. You can expect it to be more acoustic based worship songs during this pandemic season, but we have historically also had a full, live rocking band, and we may incorporate that style again post-pandemic.

How long are the worship services?

Services are an hour and fifteen minutes long.

What should I wear?

When meeting in-person or joining online for our Zoom Café, wear what you’re comfortable in (just please wear something, it is Santa Cruz, after all). We prefer to just dress casual and focus on enjoying the worship experience together. You will feel right at home in jeans and a T-shirt.
Honestly, we’re simply not concerned about such things as what you wear.

What about my children?

Due to the online format of our services, our amazing  Kid’s church is taking a break. Once we are able to meet in person and can start the children’s ministry back up, we do plan to. In the meantime, we do have resources available for parents. Please take a look at the blog post.