Posted by: sdunnpastor | October 9, 2010


The Harrisburg media has done a great article on Gilbert Thurston and the new Exponential Church.Tv launch: Ivey Dejus of the Patriot News published this article in yesterday’s paper:

“Dressed in jeans, a graphic T-shirt and sandals, Gilbert Thurston looks more like an alternative rocker type than a pastor with an ambitious goal: to establish a church boasting thousands of members.

He has a name — ExponentialChurch.TV — and a temporary home, the Regal Cinemas at the Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace in Susquehanna Twp.

And come Oct. 17, the launch date, Thurston won’t change out of the jeans into suit and tie.

“What’s the one thing that happens when you invite your neighbor to church?” he said. “They’ll say, ‘Oh, I can’t go, I don’t have anything to wear.’ Well, God doesn’t care what’s on the outside. It’s what’s on the inside that counts. … But now you can say, ‘Well, the pastor is going to be wearing jeans and a T-shirt.’`”

Thurston, 37, is on a mission to kindle among people ages 18-35 a yearning to belong to a church community. To make his message relevant, he will turn to movies, pop culture, rock, hip hop and R&B. Already, he has tailored messages around the Batman movie “The Dark Knight” and Gnarls Barkley’s hit “Crazy.”

“We as Christians have a choice,” Thurston said. “We can ignore it, pretend it’s not there. But the problem with that is maybe you’re not being influenced by the world, but then you are not being an influence, either. Some would say all this pop culture we need to fight it, boycott it, ban it. Put John 3:16 shirts on and say you’re going to hell. Does that reach people? Yeah, maybe one out of 100,000. But what it does for most people is it offends them. They say, ‘Look at those Christians. Look at how judgmental they are. How intolerant they are.”

The solution, Thurston said, is in his faith.

“Jesus said we’re to be in the world but not of the world. So we are supposed to be out as a part of our society, but we’re not allowing society to affect us from a spiritual standpoint. We’re supposed to be the influence.”

To read the full article go to: MEDIA


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