Church attendee smokes

Treated as if he/she has “spiritual leprosy”

Grace Culture
Believes transformation will occur as individual stays in grace culture Realizes it is impossible to judge all divorce situations by one criterion. There is life after divorce.

W hat Grace is Not
Grace is not unconcerned about lifestyle issues that hinder reputation and harm our bodies Grace is not an invitation to walk out on covenant commitments without clear biblical grounds. Grace also empowers people to overcome and bring supernatural change to very tough marital situations. Grace does not have low standards of integrity and morality in leadership. It also realizes that in smaller churches, that the influence of those who attend will need to more closely evaluated. Grace doesn’t ignore biblical admonitions against drunkenness, addictive behaviors and becoming a stumbling block to others . Grace is not nonconfrontational and grace does not have low standards for leaders. Grace realizes that true repentance takes responsibility to rebuild trust in those who have been negatively affected by the failure. Leadership emphasizes excellence, modesty and sensitivity to different cultures. It is not grace to allow children to regularly disrupt meetings by disruptive behavior.

Divorce and remarriage

The “unpardonable sin” for leaders and future leaders

People coming to your ministry who are living in sexual immorality

“Don’t come to our church until you clean up your act!”

Believes the Spirit, the Word (truth), God’s love and a prophetic culture (calling out the gold in people) will create change

Christian drinking alcoholic beverages

Always wrong

Trusts individual believers to determine own “philosophy” regarding this (Romans 14) Sins and weaknesses come to the surface because the grace environment is the place for real healing and change to occur. Heart to restore (Gal. 6:1). Focuses on whether true repentance has occurred rather than a specific “discipline” timetable. Teaches principles and not law; Empower people to make good choices. Vital part of church, its ministries and the experience of revival.

Sins and weaknesses

Hidden because of a fear of punishment

A leader has a moral failure

Church “discipline” used as punishment. There is a greater focus on Matthew 18:15-17 than Galatians 6:1. Take choices away through strict rules To be seen and not heard. They are too young to be used of God.

Clothing worn


Personal failure

Condemned, hiding, try harder.

Run to people. Know that a revelation of God’s love is the key to change.

Whom We Celebrate

High achievers and those who are outwardly successful.

Those who love Jesus and have allowed God to do a transforming work in them.

Raising Up New Leaders and Staff

Primarily from outside of church. Looking primarily for achievers and “new blood” in ministry.


People Ministry Will Attract

Mainly emphasizes rules & responsibilities of people. It has a core belief that the people don’t really want to do what is right. Talks down to people. Uses fear of punishment as main motivational “tool.” Many who want rules and can’t or won’t think for themselves – (people with limited potential).

Increasingly raises up leaders from within the church. Those who have been touched by true grace through your ministry will not just work for you, but will lay down their lives for you. Mainly emphasizes the good news of what God has done through Christ. Believes that people want to do the right thing. Encouraging.

Grace does not mean we focus our ministry toward people in crisis, nor does it mean we allow people’s problems to consistently hurt those around them. Grace is not against becoming successful and being a high achiever. A true grace culture will create “world changers” that accomplish great things. Grace does not discount that there are people on the “outside” who can come and bring positive change to the ministry.

Grace does not just have feel good, seeker sensitive messages. It calls people to a high sacrifice, but releases hope and strength thru the messages.

Many “history makers” (often with “baggage”) that need someone to believe in them.

Grace does not just expect that problem people will be attracted to a ministry. Grace believes that strong, prosperous people will become vital contributors.

View of Self and Other People Accountability

Sinners – prone to sin

Keep you from sin

Saints (or “pre-saints”) – prone to right choices as truth is shared Keep you “on fire” in doing the right things in life.

Grace does not mean that you don’t have strong accountability in areas where your weakness is hurting others and/or is potentially going to create a disaster for you.

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