Giant Church Incorporated

Giant Church Incorporated is a destructive system that glorifies power and image. It's not about the size of the church, or necessarily a church at all. It's the way a church, college, Christian organization, or political system operates. The institution is valued over the people in it. I was part of Giant Church Inc and want to tell my story.

Why tell the story? If Giant Church Inc is making a positive difference in their city, if hundreds are baptized each year, if the seats are filled and the people are singing worship songs and listening to teaching they understand, then why does it matter?

Because thousands of people attend Giant Church Inc. The way they think about God, Jesus, others, the Bible, and their worldview is shaped by it. If Giant Church is not telling the truth about who God is, who Jesus is……if they aren’t preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then thousands of people live from lies instead of the truth.

Let’s Change This, Giant Church Inc

I’ve researched and read hundreds of articles, blogs, and news stories about the devastation caused by Giant Church Inc. My latest read on the topic not only brought clarity about how we can resist the toxic, celebrity culture Giant Church Inc cultivates, but A Church Called Tov by Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer gave me…

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The Culture of Giant Church Inc

I thought about taking a break from my Giant Church Inc series for the Christmas season. We want to be merry and bright and the Giant Church Inc topic is not holly jolly. But if we’re a people who are courageously committed to the truth, we can’t stick our heads in the sand and pretend…

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Another Giant Church Inc Empire

Church, we must not ignore what is happening within Christian organizations operating like Giant Church Inc. We must speak about it and against it. My hope and prayer is that others who are looking at the Church will come to know the difference between Giant Church Inc and the Church. That will happen as we…

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Another Name For Giant Church Inc

The latest evangelical scandal hasn’t only been top news in Christian and religious circles, it’s reached the secular news cycle as well. The repercussions of the scandal are far reaching. In an article for RNS, Kyle J. Howard summarized Ravi Zacharias’ grievous actions, “the public learned Zacharias was not only a sexual predator, but a…

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What Do We Do, Giant Church Inc?

Three weeks ago I knew what I was writing for this month’s Giant Church Inc post. I planned to share a link to the interview with Aimee Byrd on The Roy’s Report. They talked about the continued abuse Byrd has endured over her latest book. Abuse made public, known to church leadership, but without any…

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Giant Church Inc’s Long Track Record

More and more pastors and Christian leaders are acknowledging that spiritual abuse is happening in their own churches, denominations, organizations, and church planting networks. Michael J. Kruger, President of Reformed Theological Seminary is writing a series on spiritual abuse on his blog. He named the series well: Bully Pulpit. In his post dated February 15,…

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You Might Be Giant Church Inc If…

When I first understood that my family and I experienced spiritual abuse at the church we left, I believed it happened due to the lack of accountability from a denominational membership. Or that churches who taught the prosperity gospel were the only ones prone to toxic leadership. I believed Giant Church Inc was limited to…

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More You Might Be Giant Church Inc If

My work to help educate the church about spiritual abuse and toxic leadership includes a lot of reading, research, and listening. I hear new stories of abuse in the church – almost daily. As I learn more about it, I share with you. Some in the church would rather not talk about these things. They…

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And We All Fall Down, Giant Church Inc

I remember when I barely spoke about what happened at Giant Church Inc. Right after we left, I didn’t have words for it. When I finally found some words for it, I was guarded with them. Many of my friends still attended, served, and led there. There is a rule at Giant Church Inc about…

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Giant Church Inc, Who Do You Think You Are?

If you’ve listened to the Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast you understand the title of the post. In the introduction of each episode, Mark Driscoll yells, “Who do you think you are?” No matter how many times I hear it, I can’t get used to the level of rage in his voice. He…

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