Is There Life After Church?

"What if the Grass Really IS Greener?" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
“What if the Grass Really IS Greener?” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


I left the ministry in 2010. And the church. I visit a good one now and then.

My first Sunday not going to church was weird. It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day. I smoked a nice cigar. I went for a nice walk.

I loved the freedom and the laziness of that morning.

It took me a while to get used to it.

It began to dawn on me: this is awesome, and I absolutely love my Sunday mornings now.

I absolutely love my life post-church.

All the warnings about leaving the church were false.

I don’t need a covering.
I don’t need a teacher.
I don’t need protection.
I don’t need authority.
I don’t need to separate myself from unbelievers.
I don’t need to pay tithes.
I don’t need approval.

Sure, there are benefits to being part of a flock… things like community,
support, friendship.

But, with desire, effort, and work, you can build these things outside the fold.

I did.
You can too!

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2 Replies to “Is There Life After Church?”

  1. This is so true. The system tells us we need it but truth is, we do not. We need each other but real community happens outside the walls of the organization.

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