The Pimped Out Church

I want to say from the beginning that I mean no disrespect or offense by this title. However, there is a sad trend that is alive and well today. Pastors are pimping out churches like they are prostitutes. Sadly, some of what I was taught in seminary could have easily been called “How to Pimp Out Your Church” parts 1, 2, 3, etc. In efforts to put people in seats, we have turned the church into a local hooker. I seriously wonder if church ads won’t start looking like Hardee’s commercials. But I digress.

What should a body of believers look like? It should be made up of people who realize they are sinners, have turned from their sin, are seeking to grow deeper in their faith, and do not weaken the message of Scripture. It should be a safe place where people can find the love of God demonstrated through God’s people and help to find victory in life.

I know the temptation to be the biggest and best thing in town. At this stage of ministry, I choose healthy. If God makes healthy a small or a large number, I will glorify Him either way.

Please resist the temptation to pimp out your worship team, small group ministry, pastor, or any other area to draw people. Be authentic and biblical, and you might be amazed at what God does.

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.

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