Joel Osteen, Leaving Church & Frank Viola | Ep 54

Leaving Church

Thomas re-listened to our episode 30 and episode 31. He mentioned that it we talked about why we are leaving church, but not much about how others might leave and what they should do. So, we made the decision to talk about Joel Osteen. But only so that we can make a point about why people may decide to leave institutional church and what they can do as they leave. Really, the Osteen talk ends up being a conversation all its own, but it makes a point.

Leaving Church

We talked about four ways people may leave church:

  1. Angry
  2. Personally Hurt
  3. Burned Out
  4. Tired of the show

Resources & Show Links

Peter Rollins

Jason Upton

Peter Scazzero (Emotionally Healthy Spirituality)

Frank Viola

Alan Hirsch

Jon Zens

One Body

Soma Church

We Are Church (Multiply – Francis Chan)

 

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Growing Up Christian & Leaving Church | Ep 41

Church

In this episode there really isn’t a lot to write for notes. Really Thomas and Bruce spent the episode telling their stories. They shared how they became Christians and what that looked like through their childhoods and into adulthood. Then they let that conversation lead into why they are both working toward leaving institutional church.

Church

We haven’t kept it a secret that we’re working toward leaving traditional church. Right now Thomas is a little farther along, but we’re both moving forward. Probably the best way to wrap this up is to just get to the stories. Enjoy.

What’s Your Church Story

We would love to hear your stories. How did you become Christian? Are you still? Are you going to Church? If not, why? You can share in the comments or contact us and share privately.

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