I know that all too many of us can relate to this pastor who recently resigned when his dream church did not materialize as expected:
For 10 whole years before I started Courageous Church I dreamed of it being one thing, started it as another, then spent the next 3 years trying to get it back to the church of my dreams. I own this. The vision of my heart was for a committed community of people that first and foremost served God in radical ways in inner city Atlanta... Sunday morning would simply be the time when those people came together to celebrate and honor God and invite others into our Monday-Saturday adventure.
Instead, I started a super cool Sunday worship service centered church with 700 people and spent the next 3 years begging thousands of people to help me be the hands and feet of God by fighting child trafficking and caring for widows and orphans. I was advised by the best church planting experts in the world to go this route, but in the end it was my decision and it was the wrong one. I sold my soul for church attendance in our first week and could never quite get it back.
Ouch! I know that feeling oh so well. This very honest post on the challenges of professional church building are potent. Here is one more tidbit from this ex-pastor:
People L.O.V.E to hear about radical change. They just don’t love making it.
And that applies to ALL people regardless of what type of church expressions they hang their hat on, eh?