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Coming Soon- Preacher with a Sign

I’ll be starting a new series soon on my personal Instagram account called Preacher with a Sign. It’s a direct offshoot of my Sacred Cow BBQ posts where we’ll be highlighting issues, inconsistencies, human traditions, etc through sarcasm and wit.

Be sure to check it out.

You can find the posts on Instagram at my account @drdavidpowers or using the hashtag #preacherwithasign.

 

Call it a Church, a Ministry, or even a Cult…The Pilgrimage is Back!

Once upon a time, a place known as The Pilgrimage started in 2012 in Myrtle Beach SC.

That’s right, in the same year that John Cusack and the Mayans said the world was supposed to end (the movie 2012 in case you don’t get the pop culture references). We figured it was a good year to start a ministry.

It was a church, but it wasn’t really a church.

We met weekly. Sometimes we had chili. Sometimes a sermon. We watched movies. Every now and then there was music. Every Sunday evening, we broke out padded swords and fought before church.

I felt like I was doing what God wanted me to. Maybe all God wanted out of me at the time with church was a short term thing to reach a few specific people. If that’s the case, it was a success.

Then our focus changed. We became Kapow Church and focused our ministry on reaching people at comic book and pop culture conventions. We did ok and reached a lot of people in a short time with a thing called Nerd Church.

Then I moved to Chattanooga TN, thinking I was going to move Kapow Church there and do even more than before.

Everything fell apart. Nothing took hold in Chattanooga, and we ran out of money. Kapow Church in Myrtle Beach fell apart when we left. Two years later we moved back to Myrtle Beach, heavy in debt and living in a warehouse.

Now, I write this in 2020. The world fell apart this time, with the coronavirus pandemic. Churches everywhere closed, and Sunday worship moved into the home, mostly online. During this crisis, God has been speaking to me again. He’s been speaking to me about how church is done and how the physical church has barely survived the virus, given way to fear instead of practicing boldness, been persecuted by the government and media, and pushed into obscurity by being considered a “non-essential” activity.

Something has got to be different. I feel God pushing me to do something different.

I feel like all of the learning experiences (failures and roadblocks) with The Pilgrimage and Kapow are a direct result of me not stepping wholeheartedly into my calling from God. I was afraid to be bold in the beginning, and The Pilgrimage quickly came to resemble regular church, even though I knew that wasn’t what it was supposed to be.

I’m doing it differently this time. I’m going to be bold. I’m going to piss people off, burn sacred cows (metaphorically), and question beliefs and traditions.

Call it a church, a ministry, or even a cult…The Pilgrimage is back.

Rebranding our Church

If you haven’t read my last post Rock Bottom, go ahead and read that before this. It’ll tell you a lot about my frame of mind. Things are better now that I had some responses from friends and people I didn’t know who saw the post out on the Interwebz. Then we held a leadership meeting last Sunday during our Father’s Day outing where some great ideas were tossed around.

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So, there are going to be some changes here at The Pilgrimage.

We’re moving! No, not a place, but a time.

After growing up in ultra-conservative, uber-traditional churches, it’s hard to break out of acting like a traditional church. Our regular meetings have been at 10am on Sunday mornings since we started, but our irregular meetings at other times have been the most crowded. We cater to a non-traditional church crowd, but we still expected them to wake up early Sunday morning for church.

As of this Sunday June 22, we will be meeting at 6pm and from that point forward.

It’s the perfect time for our crowd. No waking up early. You can enjoy the day with your families. Have a big breakfast. Have a great devotional over breakfast. Even attend another church with your fiancé, friends, etc. Church will also be over before The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones comes on.

We’re also going to be rebranding our church to go after a particular unreached people group. I’ll reveal more about that later, so be sure you’re at church if you want in on the planning for that.