"We shouldn’t lose heart when we see people struggling with their faith. That’s the way the church has always been, and yet God continues to do awesome, great things through the church! He continues to manifest the glory of the gospel to a watching world through messy, sinful people. He continues to shape his people more and more into the likeness of Christ.
... churches should be places where messy people feel comfortable. They should be places from which the compelling grace of God radiates forth. Places where the self-righteous and the self-hating can come and be confronted and changed by the wonderful gospel of Christ. If we’re truly preaching the gospel, then people of all sorts will be saved, and they will bring all their baggage with them."
Stephen Altrogge, Churches are going to be messy places