Why Jesus Would Get Kicked Out of the Church

Ain’t no way Jesus would last in your congregation

Dan Foster
Backyard Church
Published in
10 min readJun 7, 2024

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I once got told to leave a church and never come back.

I was 21 years old and leading a local youth group at the time. The youth group was going so well that a number of young people from surrounding congregations were leaving their own stuffy and stale churches to attend mine instead.

That was when I got the call.

An aggrieved pastor from one of the surrounding churches rang me one day to explain, in no uncertain terms, what he thought of me. In what could only be described as a bitter and vitriolic rant, the pastor accused me of being a “false prophet” and “stealing his sheep.”

Being young and a bit of a smart ass, I told the angry pastor that I would never steal his sheep (as if they even belonged to him) but that I do grow better grass. That really sent him into a spin. “You are not to set foot inside my church ever again,” the pastor spat and then hung up the phone.

What a loving guy.

Still, I wore this ex-communication of sorts as a bit of a badge of honor. After all, I really don’t think that Jesus would have lasted too long as a member of a local congregation — especially not the one run by the pastor who phoned me up that…

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Dan Foster
Backyard Church

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