Does the Church Have an Image Problem?

Too tired to type today (new baby and all :)…so here's a video blog addressing some of the questions raised by David Kinnaman's book, UnChristian, and the question: Does the church have an image problem? I hope you'll offer your input on the questions at the end!

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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8 thoughts on “Does the Church Have an Image Problem?

  1. I think one of the earned image problems of the church is a general lack of grace extended toward non-Christians. We often act as if condemning sinful behavior (rather than choosing to love sinners) is an effective means of winning the world for Christ.

  2. Funny enough, after I filmed this, I walked across the street to Yoshinoya and the manager complimented me on the sweater and said he had it too 🙂 Guess Old Navy had a winner there!

  3. Tim,
    Thanks for the shout out and the excellent video. I loved your comments. I think what we have to do is strive to be more like Jesus and treat people like Jesus.

  4. Tim,
    Excellent comments on the video. We do have an image problem, and the ONLY way we’re going to fix things is strive to be more like Jesus and, in that, treat people like Jesus did.

  5. I was unable to hear the entire video post because it would not all load up. It cutt off just at the point when you were discussing the image problems the church has received because it is being what it is supposed to be.
    Any ways…I agree that the church as it should be will always be incongruent with the culture of the day and therefore receive some negative criticism. However, it does seem that Jesus’s biggest negative criticism came from the already religious who had a power-position to protect. Of course, those in the Gentile world who had power-positions to protect (i.e., Pilate) also chose a side against Jesus. In our day it seems very troubling that the average person among the emerging generation with no power position to protect has a negative image of the church.
    Grace and peace,
    Rex

  6. The only image problem that the church has is the failure to convey the image of Christ. We have this problem because we are obsessed with what the public thinks of us and virtually oblivious to what God thinks of us.