'Church Sucks!' Congregation reboots services

EUGENE, Ore. - Church Sucks!

That's the message one Eugene church has been mailing out to hundreds of homes across Lane County this month.

Tony Crank is the senior pastor of The One Love Church in North Eugene. The church shares a building with Eugene Christian School.

Crank said his church has recently been embracing the philosophy that going to church simply sucks, and One Love wants to become a new church where people who have had bad church experiences in past can go to reconnect to their faith.

Among the changes:

  • Shorter services
  • Modern and contemporary worship music, at times featuring songs from Maroon 5 and Katie Perry
  • A pastor, not a preacher. Crank said he doesn't like to preach at people.

"I just like to have a conversation with everyone, just like I do at the coffee shop if we were talking one on one," he said.

In Sunday's service, Crank used the phrase "don't get your panties in a bunch" and even shared a story about how his dog urinated on his mother when she came to visit him recently. Later, he tied that in to a message about how the church is too quick to shame people for perceived sin.

Crank said his church at times will have sucky moments as well, and that he doesn't want to be seen as judging other churches in the area. Instead, Crank said now is the time for the church to not focus so much on the sins of people but rather welcome them back in to a church home where they can grow in their faith.

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