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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Adam Julians

    Is that what it was like when you were pastroring the Vineyard David? *wink*.

  • Caryn LeMur

    So much depends on the leader.
    – Does the pastor refuse to listen to gossip, and insist the gossip-giver meet alone with the person that offended him, then with witnesses, and finally with the church authorities [Matt 18:15]?
    – Does the pastor feed the sheep, seek out the weak sheep and recognize/stop the strong sheep that are shoving the weak ones out of the church [Ez 34]?
    – Does the leader find the sheep that have left the his/her church and guide them to good pasture – whether his/her old church, a new church, or an online community [also Ez 34]?
    – Does he/she meet with other pastors/leaders within the city as equals – for you are all brothers [Matt 23]? Does the leader spend time personally among the hungry, thirsty, homeless, those lacking clothing, the sick or those in prison [Matt 25; Is 58]?
    Churches are well known as beds of gossip filled with words by the immature and the frightened; territories that are being controlled by power-hungry ‘elders’ and ‘deacons’; places that are so short-sighted that the leader abandons you when you leave the church; and as communities that are blind to the needs of the least that believe.
    Yet the leader, man or woman, that lives just those 4 changes above, stands in such stark Christ-like contrast to the darkness of the church-group-think that I offer(a) if the church populace has rejected God, then the church populace will reject the leader; or (b) if the church populace has desired to become like Christ, they will imitate the leader.
    Much love in Christ always and unconditionally; Caryn

  • Al Cruise

    The western style Church model is flawed, it is based on a corporate business model and can never work. The way it is set up, makes it a breeding ground for power struggles, vanity, showmanship, jealousy, envy, judgmental attitudes, guilt tripping, etc.