I first read this as an article in the Huffington Post. This isn’t original to me or Impact Church, but I believe it is something that our unchurched friends (and many of us) need to read! We’ve all been hurt by church at some point, whether by another member or someone in leadership. The church doesn’t always get it right, but I believe with all of my heart that when she’s working properly there is NOTHING more beautiful in this world! – Pastor Brandon
We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.
– Ephesians 4:16
Hello my name is church,
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about me. I have no shortage of critics. Perhaps you have heard that I am…
A waste of time
You’ve heard that I am full of:
Maybe you have visited me before and discovered:
Maybe you needed me and I was:
Maybe you joined me and found I was:
Maybe you tried to serve in me but were caught off guard by:
Maybe you left and were surprised that nobody:
Invited you back
Perhaps your experience has driven you to:
Speak negatively of me
Swear to never come back to me
Proclaim that no one needs me
Believe you’re better off without me
If this is true, I have something to say to you:
I was wrong
I blew it
I made a huge mistake
But remember, I never said my name was:
My name is church. I welcome the:
I welcome the
I cannot shut my doors to the people who make you:
But I would remind you that we couldn’t always worship in the same room. In the Old Testament there was a division between the:
In order for us to all worship in the same room Christ was:
Which is far worse than being:
So why not come back to church and let all of these messed up people:
I can’t promise you that the people will be great. This is church. It’s not:
The Celestial city
God wants you here.
The body needs you here.
The world needs your witness here.
You belong here.
Hello, my name is church.
I miss you.
I love you.
Can’t wait to see you.