I was tired, angry, and disheartened by the plight of the black church. I was tired of going to church Sunday after Sunday and shouting over mess. I was tired of seeing what God created be abused and misused. I was tired of seeing leaders use their leadership to derail members from their purpose and manipulate their lives. I was tired of seeing corruption from people in positions to help. I was tired of seeing the oppression of my people in a place that God created to offer FREEDOM.
For those who are like me, you didn’t grow up in a church. You journeyed through life, experienced some things, and you were drawn to Christ. Your connection to Him became a key facet of your life and church became your refuge. Church is the place you go to escape, to hear a word, get encouraged, and connect with other like-minded individuals. That is what church was like for me, until it wasn’t.
For 2 ½ years, I was connected to a spiritual abusive church. A church that was more concerned about what you wore rather than what you believed. A church that was built upon manipulation, brainwashing, and control. A church that robbed the people both spiritually and financially. The ironic thing about my experience, in this ministry, is that God ordained it for me! God wanted me to experience 2 ½ years of hell so that I could share my experience with you today through Conversations Beyond the Pulpit.
Conversations Beyond the Pulpit is a web series and blog that will tackle the issues that are overlooked in the church. This platform will speak about those things that are unspoken. We will cover topics from domestic violence to mental health. The mission of this platform is not to bash the church, by any means, but to shed light on and expose those things that are motivating young people to leave the church for good.
I am a firm supporter of the church, I have hope for the church, and I believe that one day the church will be the true representation of Christ that it ought to be.