"Dare to be Real" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

The Risk of Being Honest with your Emotions

BUY A PRINT OF THIS CARTOON I know many people will say, “Not my church!” I know almost all churches tolerate negative emotions. But… for a while! Most communities lose patience with people who struggle for a long time to heal themselves from trauma. I know. I’ve witnessed it and…

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"Free at Last" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

the church, your freedom, and now what?

Something I’ve learned: there are people outside the church just as much not free as there are those within it. Being within or outside the church is secondary. What primarily needs to be understood is that one must realize one’s own freedom wherever we are. For this guy, it took leaving…

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"Done with Church" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Are you done with church?

GET A PRINT OF THIS CARTOON HERE!Lots of symbolism in this cartoon for me… There was long road ahead. Didn’t seem to take much with me. I was in its shadow for a while. Sophia, the female aspect of my inner self, came forward. Freedom ahead! I developed a healthier,…

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"Church Web" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

You can leave your church alive!

YES! You CAN leave your church alive! And I can help you do it. I went to church my whole life. I pastored churches for most of it. I finally left the ministry. I finally left the church as a regular member. That was in 2010. Five years ago! It…

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"Late or Absent?" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Are you going to be late for or absent from church?

Do you like this cartoon? You can get a reproduction print of it HERE! Lots of other art there too! I remember the first Sunday after I quit the ministry and stopped going to that church. It was delicious! Little did I know I was heading into a major and…

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"Can't Do Church Anymore" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

when you just can’t do church anymore

Here’s my theory on why so many people are leaving the church: it’s not the order of service, the liturgy, the music, the methods, or the style. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera! No, it’s not about the style! Oh, it may be for some. This is why churches will continue to tweak…

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"Alarming Rate" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Are we surprised when people leave the church?

[Like this cartoon? Get a print of it HERE!]When people say that they are alarmed by people leaving the church, one has to conclude they’re out of touch with reality. It’s really not that alarming. It’s not that complicated. It actually makes perfect sense. To scold people who leave the…

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"CAUTION: Christians Falling" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

CAUTION: Christians Falling!

Those leaving the organized church are increasing in number. Nones and Dones. That’s what we’re called. There are a variety of reasons why people leave. Abuse. Boredom. Control. Theology. I think my reason for leaving was two-fold: 1. theologically I no longer fit into the box; and 2. my idea…

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"Me & Church" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Is this your relationship to the church? (and SALE!)

ALL MY ART IS 50% OFF TODAY ONLY! USE CODE ‘sweet’: SHOP NOW!Yes, I do have a relationship with the church. And yes it’s complicated. I could say the same thing about “belief”, or “faith” or that which we call “God”. If you relate, you would also relate well with…

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"Ex Church" cartoon by nakepastor David Hayward

3 lies your ex (church) might want you to believe

I’m not talking about your romantic or marital ex. I’m talking about your ex-church. Now, before I begin, I want to clarify a couple of things: These can apply even in existing relationships (your partner or church now). These are not all the lies, but a few of them (there…

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