I don’t go to church.


For those of you who are outside our little town of Du Bois, PA, we just started a series of sermons called “I am the church” and my wife Kathleen designed this GREAT t-shirt for it. On the front it says “I don’t go to church” and on the back it says “I am the church” with a link to a site to sign up for some great serving opportunities that we have coming up in October.

Here’s the thing the T-shirts are about. We’ll actually be shutting down the church for the weekend of October 20 and 21. Instead of having “services” we will be “serving”. Ain’t it cool! We’re looking forward to it.

Anyway, so yesterday I’m in the grocery store right after church. I was wearing one of these cool shirts while Kathleen and I picked up a few things. I got the most interesting comments. Some people only saw the front of the church and thought, “Why is this guy making such a big deal out of the fact that he doesn’t go to church.” Some folks saw only the back. Some saw both. Some very much disapproved. Some approved. In any case, it was provocative. Which is the point.

Jesus never says to go to church. Jesus never tells us to witness. He tells us to BE the church, that he will build the church using ordinary “living stones” like you and me. He tells us to BE witnesses. And he promises to be with us till the end of the age.

Pretty cool… and pretty provocative…

Find a way to be the church today…


6 thoughts on “I don’t go to church.

  1. Doug Jones says:

    great stuff – instead of a “worship service” you will be participating in “service worship.” Pretty cool being that there are no original language words for “worship” so to speak instead just words that describe what we do in worship – “bow down” and “serve.” So Mr. Webber was right, “worship is a verb.” So way to go Tri-County!!

  2. pietrosquared says:

    I love that book, btw. We “stole” this idea from another church, and we’re trying to put a great Tri County spin on it. All the best ideas are stolen.

    Incidentally, the people leading this effort are all “laity” (ooh, I hate that word…). People sold out to impacting their world in tangible ways for Jesus. It’s a good time to be alive and a good time to be serving where I’m serving.

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