Sean Palmer

Sean Palmer is the lead minister at The Vine Church in Temple, Texas. Author of Scandalous: Lessons in Redemption From Unlikely Women, a contributing writer to the "The Voice Bible" and "Agenda Music: Conversations on Faith and Art with Derek Webb and Friends," and featured author for Wineskins Magazine, Sean blogs regularly at

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Four Reasons Churches Stink at Transformation (and What We Can Do About It)

by Sean Palmer 01-10-2014
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Sean Palmer's transformation. Courtesy

Though we have many stories of people whose lives have been made better, few church leaders would argue that far too many people in the pew make significant spiritual transformations even though they’ve spent years in and around churches.

In my other life, I’m a fitness “coach.” I’m not so much a coach as I am an encourager and friend. The unrivaled aspect of working with people to reach their fitness goals is having a front row seat for transformation. We take pictures to note physical transformations, but changes in physique aren’t the most important ones. The most important transformations are spiritual and emotional ones. And quite frankly, the fitness community does transformations better than churches do.