Actually, I don’t.
In fact, I love the church. But ever since I started out on a new ministry idea I’ve been asked that question by other Christians.
This new ministry idea? It’s a digital ministry. The concept is fairly simple: provide a church community to people who are not able or are not willing to step into a traditional church building. Feel free to check out the description and vision.
But some people are uncomfortable with the idea.
Some have asked: How do you respond to the Bible’s exhortation to not give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:25)?
But the Bible doesn’t say what that meeting has to look like. The early church ever had any inkling that people would be connecting and meeting globally thanks to technology. Businesses do it. Friends and family do it. Now it’s time for the church to do it.
We have the ability to connect with people like never before.
Some have asked: How can you be a real church without giving the sacraments of baptism and communion?
Put simply, it doesn’t take a church building to do baptisms and communion. I was baptized in a hot tub at a church member’s home. And if we take the Bible seriously when it calls us a kingdom of priests, then we understand that it doesn’t take ordained clergy to administer baptism and communion. It’s something all Christians can participate in WHEREVER they are.
Additionally, we need to be honest about baptism and communion not being a prerequisite for entrance to heaven.
Simmer down, now! Think about the crucifixion story. The thief beside Jesus asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came into his kingdom. Jesus answered:
“I assure you: Today you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
No baptism. No communion. Just a promise of eternity in the presence of God because of his faith.
At The Church Plant our desire is to bring the message of Jesus to all of the God-friendly but un-churched people online.
Recent stats say that 80% of un-churched people would consider going to church if invited by a friend. Unfortunately, only 2% of Christians EVER invite someone to church. We’re missing a HUGE opportunity to reach people who are open to the idea of God.
So here I am. It’s new. It’s a little terrifying. I’m not sure how God is going to use this ministry or where it will go. It’s kind of a work in progress. 🙂
But I’ll follow the path God has laid out, and we’d love for you to walk with us.
You know people who have been burned by a church and never want to return. You know people who are open to the idea of God but don’t want to step foot in church. You know people who are house-bound and CAN’T make it to a church.
Tell them about The Church Plant – there’s a community waiting to welcome them and share the love of Jesus in a digital way.
5 Replies to “Dear Pastor, Why Do You Hate Church?!”
Dude, we gotta email a bit at some point. I’m leaning in a similar direction . . . Maybe we can tandem something at some point . . .
Pastor.email@example.com – hit me up!
Awesome. Thanks. After this unexpected sermon opportunity when (hopefully!) my brain is moderately freer.
Bluntly, the low capacity-of-heart that enables and induces people to ask such questions in an accusing manner is why I just don’t go anymore. If that’s you reader, it is indeed an accusation.
Luke 6:45, Ephesians 4:14-32
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It was an accusation, and I knew it/received it as such. I’m always willing to listen to honest feedback. I’m not listening to accusers… 🙂