Making our debut!

Don’t worry. I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still be here at this site just like I’ve always been, talking about politics, religion, knuckleheads and demon dogs. But today I am debuting a whole new project.

Drumroll, please.

This is the official introduction for “AlltheChurchLadies!!!”

The idea for came to me while traveling through the Southeast on book tour. I’ve been muddling this thing over in my head ever since.

I have always loved the Church. (Remember when we thought of churches as real works of art and not just another drafty warehouse?) I love walking through the church’s musty hallways on a Monday morning, when everything is silent and cool shadows tempt angels. I love the way the poor man’s rendition of The Last Supper tilts on the wall ever so slightly like sailors on a binge. I love the thunder of an organ, played by a master, and the way it makes the listener’s soul vibrate. I love a choir loft full of sweet-faced people of all ages, donned in satin robes of gold or white, their mouths forming perfect Os, their voices creating no-so-perfect harmony. Even the most discordant voices possess a beauty when they come together in praise of something bigger than self. That’s what I believe. That’s why at  AlltheChurchLadies, you’ll find a variety of voices attempting to do that very thing — speak out in praise of the Church. Not just the Body of Christ, but that place down the street with the steeple like an arrow, pointing us to look up and see what it sees. is the site dedicated to conversation about all the good the Church is doing and the people laboring to ensure that happens.

So head on over & bookmark the site. Tell your friends via email, Twitter & Facebook.

Men. You too. You’re welcome there as well. Especially those of you involved in ministry, whether that be worship or preaching or teaching or running the business end of it. Come swap stories.

And now for a special feature produced, directed and performed by a very special Church Lady who is lending her own discordant voice to this project :

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  • I’m frightened and intrigued. And a little bit disturbed. But enough about me. Good luck with the new project!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Ah, Tony, we understand all those emotions. Thanks for the good wishes!

  • LizFentonDecker

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaa!! That sounds wonderful All The Church Ladies. Very excited. You guys are gonna be great.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Hope you will add your voice Missy and tell us your stories.

  • Site looks cool. Video looks scary. I’m torn.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      You should have been there on Christmas morning when we videotaped that in front of God and all of Echo.

  • Wonderful idea. The video is a little….different.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Further proof that some white girls can’t sing.

  • Great site and idea! Konnie – LOL! Love that Beyonce spoof! Did she know you were going to prominently post that video, Karen?

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Know? She’s been chomping at the bit. A Star is Born.

      • It’s so funny!

  • Yay! I love this idea. Time to encourage one another and be grateful for all the wonderful church ladies in our lives.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      And the Church, finally a place to express our gratitude for all those wonderful people who poured Jesus into our lives.

  • Diane

    Well, the Bible does say to make a “joyful noise,” Right? Way to go Konnie! I admire her CHUTZPA!

  • MaryC

    Help! I started reading you beause I liked your writing and opinions. And though I belong to a church, I haven’t been in ages and am not even sure if I fit in (they all say I do but I am such a doubter). You may have me going back. You are like the hound dog of heaven who keeps nipping at my heels. And, right now, I am saying thanks.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      MaryC: If you’ve read me long enough then you know that I’ve got more questions than answers, though, opinions are like ants: They come in a steady stream and there seems to be no end to them.

      I can only speak to what I know and what I know is that had it not been for the church, I would have found community somewhere.

      The question would be where?

      The choices seemed pretty limited for a girl growing up redneck.

      I will always be grateful for the times the church — the real local community church — stepped into my life and rescued me from myself.

      I hope you find a place where you can be part of a safe community to some other 14-year-old girl like me.

  • I’m all over getting excited about being completely and wholeheartedly charged, pumped, and jazzed about getting behind and supporting a blog that actually says, “Yes, the church is good!”

    I still (although this will make me a COMPLETE loser in many people’s eyes) believe the local church is the hope of the world. (Jesus, working through it, of course.)

    Every church I’ve ever been in has been SORRY (compared to the beauty, worth, and awesomeness of God). But I still love ’em. And they were His idea.

    The church I lead STINKS in so many ways. But I love these people. Because they’re trying. And many of them are incredible, and they love Jesus. And they love people.

    Kudos! Bring on the Church Ladies!

    I lead

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      KB: I love that you understand that the church you lead STINKS but that you love them anyway. That’s the image I have in my mind of God. He must get so fed up with us. Yet, he loves us still.

      In a discussion I sat in on this week, someone made the comment: “This is your church. Fight for it.”

      “How do we do that?” another asked.

      “Begin with prayer,” came the reply.

      Ahhh…back to the Bonhoeffer quote: “Where a people prays, there is the church, and where the church is, there is never loneliness.”

  • I wrote the above comment while the video was loading. Then I watched the video.

    I almost take back everything I said.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias


      I should have posted a warning label with the video. Sorry.