Megachurch Pastor Longs for Something More

Beyond the programs, lights, and hype, Pastor Francis Chan longed for a more biblical expression of who the church is supposed to be. This article shares his journey. I can identify although I never served a church that large.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

3 thoughts on “Megachurch Pastor Longs for Something More”

      1. Yes. We sometimes preach but don’t practice what we preach. One thing in our ministry we have discovered is people don’t want to be told they need to be shown. So many so called church leaders want the people to come to them but they are not willing to go to them. As we minister in our travels we make every effort to build a relationship with the people we meet and that means stepping outside of self and the perceived importance we ascribe to ourselves and truly get to know the other person. This is when He soars. What did Christ do… He went to the people and they came to Him. Blogging can be a good example. Often time people develop sites to promote the Lord and His word but don’t go to the sites of others to see how the word is being played out in their lives. Chans book “Crazy Love” touches on this.

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