The world today is nothing like the world as it was fifty years ago. Because of this, a lot of churches are really struggling with how to be the church in the 21st century. People used to go to church because, well, that’s just what you did. But not anymore. Today, even a lot of … More Episode 43: Introduction to “Beyond Thingification: Help Your Church Engage in God’s Mission”
Jennifer Ackerman, Director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching and the Director of the Ogilvie Instutute’s Micah Groups tells us all about Micah Groups in the interview. What are Micah Groups? Micah Groups are a way for spiritual leaders to grow in the integration of preaching, worship, and justice in their ministries. … More Episode 40: Preaching, Worship, and Justice, with Jennifer Ackerman
Youth ministry is not easy. Especially in our Post-Christendom context. But Nate Landis, President and Founder of Urban Youth Collaborative has created an incredibly effective way for churches to reach out to the next generation. Any kind of church. A young, hip, millennial congregation, or an aging Baby Boomer and beyond congregation. In this episode, … More Episode 35: God Wants His Kids Back, with Nate Landis
Westmorland Community Presbyterian Church is a small church in California’s agricultural Imperial Valley. The town of Westmorland itself struggles with a lot of food insecurity (which happens when a family runs out of food before the next paycheck comes). Last fall, this little church decided to do something about it. Specifically, they started a food … More Episode 34: A Small Church Making a Big Difference, with Cari Augusta
Church attendance is declining every year. Fewer people than ever have even set foot in a church. The church as an institution has far less influence in our society than it used to. Why is this? What happened? The fact is we live in a Post-Christendom world. Christendom is that part of the world and … More Episode 31: Why is Ministry Harder Than it Used to Be?