It is disappointing to read how so many people have been discouraged, let-down and hurt by the actions of pastors and church goers. I have been in church since 12 years of age and have worked happily in the ministry as an usher, Sunday school teacher, leader in praise and worship, youth bible study teacher, etc. However the past two years, I have found myself not going into a church building with fellow worshippers of Christ. Why? As I think about it, contributing factors are my desire to get up on Sunday early and the change of churches time from 11am to 9 or 10 am. I too have witness actions by church leaders, including pastors, that were not so good. I was indirectly involved in a unpleasant experience within a church's ministry (six years ago, my mom was falsely accused of sleeping with the pastor.) Even with the falsehood, we stayed until the church building closed and joined another ministry. But there is no experience or scandal or negativity from any ministry that would not allow me to go to church. When I step inside that building, (dedicated to God), I leave behind all the negative "I" am, because that is God's focus--personal relationship with Him--- and go willingly to serve Him with fellow worshippers. To me this is church, (a place) to come together and sing, dance in the spirit, listen to a word from the bible with others. I personally can not allow another's negative action influence or discourage my thoughts on anything, including going into a building to serve God. No one has that much control over my mind, but God. My life, my actions, my thoughts, all through God's influence. Yes, He can be served any where, but there is something that feels welcoming and special about a church building. My eyes are always on God, not man especially not a pastor. Pastors are deliverers of a word from God. They pray and ask what to tell His people. But they are also human with worldly flaws, many flaws most of us would never understand. I worship God and know He will never fail me, but man always will let you down because we are human and will do wrong. I always share with people the importance of loving and forgiving one another through understanding that person's struggle because in our imperfections and wrong doing moments, we want that same understanding, forgiveness and love. In closing, so many people have been hurt, discouraged, abused, disappointed, shocked by the actions of others and for sake of this discussion, pastors and church leaders. One way to heal is "understand" that we, even church goers, are in church to worship and ask God for forgiveness and learn more about Him in a shared space. Christians sometimes, a lot of times, forget or sway away from that purpose which can affect others views of God and church. But if our original and only purpose in life is Love God with all our heart, and second others, our hurt won't be great or faltering from our purpose because we are not focused on man's (or pastor who is still a man) actions but on God. And if we understand man has many faults and weaknesses and no human is perfect, then we can keep our eyes on God and serve Him only. People are just people, inside and outside a church building. People are not going to change their ways and actions just because they walked inside a church building We should try to be better people and change our ways in general. Most importantly we should keep our eyes on God, not pastor, because he is a human, just a man like you and I. Peace and Love.