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
Does God work only through people who are Christians? Does God only show up when we’re doing explicitly Christian things? Or can God be experienced anytime there is goodness and beauty and kindness? Personally, I think God can be experienced anytime, anywhere–even at a James Taylor concert! In this episode, I reflect on the themes … More Episode 33: Experiencing Shalom at a James Taylor Concert
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?
We live in an age of incredible change. Traditional entertainment like TV is being replaced by streaming on-demand media. Traditional stores are being replaced by online shopping. Traditional churches are having a harder and harder time knowing where they fit in a culture that is so drastically different than it was fifty years ago. This … More Episode 25: Organizational Change and the Way of Exploration – Interview with Dwight Gibson