I Was Too Busy for Small Group

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The excuses for why we couldn’t join a small group (also known as a community group, life group, crew, tribe, etc.) came easily. That is, I was prepared in case anyone asked. But usually, it wasn’t a direct ask, just a generic call from the altar that was easy to dismiss.

Why I Decided to Leave My Church

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How I wish my church at home was like this. Guilt wracked me. I quickly repented and pushed the thought away, astonished at how I could conceive such an idea. I drew my focus back to the evening church service which had just ended. We had just heard an impactful message about sharing life together as a church community and loving our city.

Why I Decided Not to Leave My Church

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The questions themselves were good, but I realized something was off the day my pastor preached about how we needed to step up as parents, and I left service wrecked with a heavy sense of guilt. You see, I don’t have kids.

When I Was Offended By My Church

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I couldn't believe that they actually mailed me a letter. When I had completed the Small Group Leadership Training several weeks earlier, our Campus Pastor had informed the class that at the end of the training, some of us would, unfortunately, be receiving a letter stating that we were not currently fit to be small group leaders. I brushed off the possibility.

Worship—More Than Just A Spiritual Encounter

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Yet another routine—our alarms go off, and in our drowsy states, we set off on our weekly journey to church with our half-eaten breakfast and coffee in our travel mugs, slipping into the pews of the church as we walk past the friendly ushers and the lights dim.

Moving From Guilt to Freedom

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My heart was tense. I kept remembering the recent conversation with my former church leader. I had explained to her my decision to leave for a new church, and apologized for letting her down.

When I Didn't Encounter God During Worship

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What comes to mind when you think about worship? Or more specifically, what do you think of when it comes to singing in church? For me, it used to involve emotional music, closed eyes, and of course, raised hands.

My Journey From Megachurch to Modest Church

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As the darkened stage gave way to flashing lights and rousing music, the worship band emerged, urging the congregation to stand up to worship Jesus.

6 Ways The Church Can Help Sexual Abuse Victims

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“Who’s going to believe me?” she asked wearily, her head cradled on one hand. She was seeing me for counselling after being sexually abused for many years by a pastor. We were processing her childhood experiences of sexual abuse at the hands of the man who first led her to our Savior, and her feelings of helplessness all those years. “He’s a pastor!” she cried out vehemently.