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?
What do you if you’re leading a local congregation and you find out that a boy in your neighborhood has asthma because the landlord won’t fix the mold problem in his apartment building? If you’re the pastors of Ebenezer Church in San Diego, you cancel your regular worship service, meet the congregation in front of … More Episode 29: Serving the Poor and the Immigrant – Interview with Ebenezer Church, San Diego
Why does it still surprise me to hear that a woman has been called to be the Senior Pastor of a church? Why is there still a part of me that thinks ministry leadership is a man’s job? Probably because the patriarchy of our culture has shaped me more deeply than I know. But, unlike … More Episode 28: Empowering Women in Ministry – Interview with Tara Beth Leach