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  1. I always said, don’t use me as an example as a Christian. I do and say things that are not Christ like. But then I started going to Celebrate Recovery. Having my eyes open to my brokenness has changed my life. Now when I go to church I sit on what I call the sinners side. The side that my CR sisters sit on. I have come to realize that I am the perfect example of what a Christian is. I’m flawed but not broken and in my journey of pain I can now reach out to others with kindness and love…..I am an example of Gods grace. How much better can it get. So if you come to my church I will be sitting on the sinners side, a sinner saved by Gods grace.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.