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A Seeker’s Guide To Deal Breakers When Looking for a Church

Micah Horner has come up with 50 deal breakers when looking for a church. It is an interesting list and I must say a must read. Okay, are you seated? Here they are:

If the only time your pastor mentions Jesus is in the prayer, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor preaches sermons consisting almost entirely of quaint illustrations, and funny stories about grandma’s and puppies, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor uses the first 15-20 minutes of the service to tell corny, irreverent, borderline blasphemous jokes, talk about sports and poke fun at church members for being K-State fans, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor doesn’t open his Bible during the sermon, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor prepares a sermon by picking a topic he wants to preach on, and then finds 30 verse fragments taken out of context, in 15 different translations to keep the sermon “Biblical”, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor uses ‘Nooma’ videos during any part of any sermon (unless to deconstruct it, explain its errors, and warn you about the heresy within) it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor preaches sermons based entirely on the latest Blockbuster flicks, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor’s name is Rick Warren, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor ever says the word “relevant”, it’s a safe bet that it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor claims the church is “Christ-Centered, and Cross-Focused”, but never talks about either, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor talks about how many people “made a decision for Christ” last Sunday, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor doesn’t read old books by dead guys, it’s time for a new church.

If your pastor studies his “Purpose Driven Church” book more than his Bible, it’s time for a new church.

If the book “Your Best Life Now” is in any place but the trash can, toilet, or being used as kindling in your pastors library, it’s time for a new church.

If the Gospel is “assumed” and not central to everything in your church body, it’s time for a new church.

If the Gospel is treated as “the basics, or Christianity 101”, and is not central to everything in your church body, it’s time for a new church.

That’s not all. List continues here.

2 responses to “A Seeker’s Guide To Deal Breakers When Looking for a Church

  1. Micah Horner April 6, 2011 at 01:21

    Hey, I don’t know why, but for some reason my blog has exploded today with referrals from this post. I feel obligated to give you a very generous thank you for posting this, and bringing attention to some of the more serious posts on my blog.

    Grace be with you, and your ministry!

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