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Churches of all types are coming together to invite everyone Back to Church on September 15, 2013. This "Pastor Rap" video promotes the event.

Categories: Beliefs



Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow

Sally Morrow joined Religion News Service in March 2012 as Photo/Multimedia Editor. She is a photographer and editor based in Kansas City, Mo. Morrow has worked as a multimedia editor and photographer at Newsday, The Des Moines Register, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Kevin Eckstrom

Kevin Eckstrom joined the Religion News Service staff in 2000 and became editor-in-chief in 2006.


  1. The video is well done, but at bottom, this is just another attempt to rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking ship. Once you show up at church, it’ll be the same old boring business as usual.

    • Thanks for your comments Mike! The same old business as usual, which is only big business – keeping the institution alive.

  2. It’s up to you, Mike. Church is probably the place where this saying is the most true: you get out of it what you put into it. Hope you give it a chance.

  3. Dear Mike. I won’t deny I’ve been to some churches that just were not for me. So maybe this may seem unusual but ask God to direct you. He cares about every little detail in our lives. I encourage you to never give up. Be persistent in your search. I looked on they have suggestions for churches in your area. Once you find one, you’ll be glad you did. God bless you. He will help.

    • I have tried several churches, and have never been “glad I did”. I don’t think it’s a matter of “not trying hard enough”. It’s more a matter of sorry old denominational churches being more interested in the business than spirituality.

  4. Pastor “souipatch” needs to spend more time writing his sermon and think about keeping his day job. Rapping clearly is not is forte. And, Mike is right on about rearranging deck chairs. God is not waiting for anyone inside a church.