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What Happens When Your Church is Crazy About Broken People


"We hunger to see people healthy and growing, and we’ll get our hands messy to make it happen."

Broken people will flock to the church.

We can debate all day long about whether the church should be attractional or not. What we should really be talking about is how the church should be attractional.

Ultimately, if all we’re doing is putting on a good show, playing good music and preaching good sermons, we’ve probably missed it. But if we are attracting people with an uncompromising truth, an unconditional love and an unlimited grace, we’re on target.

The fifth core value of Grace Hills Church pertains to our bleeding passion for the least, the last and the lost …

We are crazy about broken people. We hunger to see people healthy and growing, and we’ll get our hands messy to make it happen.

Being crazy about broken people, for us, has some serious implications. For example …

We expect broken people to act broken.

Expecting people to act fixed before coming to this house of healing is a little ridiculous. The church helps people find a place to change rather than requiring people to change before finding their place.

We believe God’s truth has healing power. 

It isn’t our cleverly designed ministries that heal people—it’s God’s truth. So it needs to be presented without compromise, saturated with love and balanced with grace.

We believe that all of us are broken by our own sin and the sins of others.

So we understand and we find healing in Jesus together. Some of us are more shattered than others, but all of us are broken.

Healing the broken is a labor of love that takes time, compassion and involvement. 

Embracing brokenness is never convenient or easy. It takes time, costs money and forces us out of our comfort zones.

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Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox is Lead Pastor of Grace Hills Church, a new church plant in northwest Arkansas. He also serves as Editor and Community Facilitator for and Rick Warren's Pastor's Toolbox and was formerly a Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. In his spare time, he offers consultation to church leaders about communication, branding, and social media. He and his wife, Angie, live with their two awesome kids in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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