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  1. Amen, brother! Our church made the transition through the church with no recovery ministry, to having a recovery ministry, to being a recovery ministry. It took several years, but we are testimony that when you reach out to the hurting and broken you will always have an audience…and a space problem!

  2. Brandon great thoughts. I couldn’t agree more. What I have found that helps with this is when a church drops the suits and Sunday’s best to wear everyday clothing on Sunday. I’m all for looking nice on Sunday but when it comes at the cost of people not feeling like they can’t come to your church because they don’t own a suit then it becomes a problem. At NewPointe Community Church, I have encountered many hurting people who are there on Sunday and they have said, “I’m so glad you guys don’t wear suits, because I don’t have one.” Breaking that image management with clothes helps break down image management of hiding our hurts and pains. Does that makes sense?

    • It not only makes sense to me, I can identify with it completely. Before we started planting Grace Hills, one church planting assessment dude said I might be hindered by my “frumpy” look with the jeans and untucked shirts. I stuck to my guns and we’re discovering a ton of people who felt intimidated by the more polished (and often very effective) churches in our area. So I sometimes say I’m a “missionary to the frumpy.” It’s not just about dress. It’s about culture.