How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left – INDY Week

«The pressure to… prioritize boosting attendance over addressing genuine laspes in faith, was intense, he says. Instead of being a balm for congregants’ dark nights of the soul, church felt like an event where participants presented highly edited versions of themselves.


But he couldn’t find a place for himself in the fabric of a church that, like many in the U.S., had become increasingly corporate. It was skilled at creating “really well-produced, age-specific Sunday experiences” and “great faith-based entertainment,” Pavlovitz says, but it never attempted to pull together people from all corners of humanity for the common purpose of glorifying God.»

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