Subtle Changes In Church

I spoke at a little church in Springfield last night. Trinity Baptist Church on 12th and B Street asked me to speak to their Men’s Group but as it turns out their wives showed up too.

Over the past few years I speak less and less at main stream churches because the words God gives me to speak are sometimes not what congregations want to hear.

I remember speaking at a Christian College in town, in fact this happened twice, where my talk turned into a faculty meeting as leaders tried to do some damage control to try and correct what I had said.

It doesn’t really bother me because the one with whom I serve and whose words I think I speak was also met with great opposition in His day.

Last night, the folks are Trinity Baptist Church were amazing. The crowd was filled with kind, considerate folks who really understood what I was trying to say about the church and the fact that it is not a building but instead in building relationships.

Afterwards the pastor surprised me too by strongly supporting the message and you could see in his eyes it had changed him.

It causes me to hope that perhaps we as Followers of Christ are figuring out what it means to be a follower.

Perhaps we are discovering that being part of the church does not mean but can include being part of a building.

I see a longing in people to have more of a relationship with God and less of a mindset that says do this and you can be part of the church.

I walked away thinking to myself: “God you are up to something big and I hope we, as your church, are ready for this.”



  1. Dennis on November 8, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Thank you for sharing this story. I pray more churches are willing to listen.

  2. Bugs on November 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Great message. Thanks for standing strong even when some folks do not want to listen.

  3. Dennis on November 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Rick, meet my buddy Bugs, you guys would like each other. I have known him for 22 years. He’s an amazing guy! The vegetarian part can be ignored! 🙂

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