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A healthy church is messy, but it’s not dirty…

A healthy church is messy, but it’s not dirty…
There’s no way to be in Christian community without it getting messy.People are messy.Their stories are messy.As someone said to me the other day in church: “I’m complicated.”We all are pretty complicated creatures if we’re honest with ourselves.So if you’re in a church that is seeking to be real, plan on it being more than a little messy.
But messy isn’t dirty.
Dirty means something different to me.Dirty is manipulative.Dirty is mean.Dirty is controlling.Dirty is divisive.Dirty religion is what has burnt so many people down through the years.Dirty leadership is secretive.It has angles and agendas.It abuses power and authority.Dirty churches put up with cultures of slander and anger.Selfishness and Stubbornness.
A messy church welcomes people in process.It provides a safe place to let down your guard and share your less impressive self.It applauds honesty and encourages vulnerability.It admits wrongdoing and humbly acknowledges a despera…

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