Church Collaboration and Killing Consumerism in a Post-Christian Context, with Dan Nichols (ep 79)

A boots-on-the-ground conversation about meeting the challenges of ministry in a very post-Christian region.

Pastoring in a post-Christian context is different. The more counter-cultural our faith becomes, the more important it is to understand that Christian consumerism is deadly and church cooperation is essential.

I talked with Dan Nichols about a variety of subjects in this field, including:

  • Negotiating a cultural shift in a longstanding church
  • Partnering with other churches
  • Bridging the big/small church divide
  • And more

Dan Nichols is the pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship in Cortland NY, and the founder of Northeast Collaborative.

This is our first episode after the De-sizing the Church series. We’re on our regular schedule of every two weeks, so the Lightning Round and Bonus Content are back!

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Bonus Content

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In this week’s Bonus Content, Dan Nichols and I talk about Creating a Spirit of Generosity in a Local Church. Dan’s church takes an offering every year that they give away in its entirety to ministries outside their church. This year it will go to nine other local churches that they work alongside.

Karl and Dan talk about how that kind of generosity happens, and what a pastor can do to start moving a church away from fear and toward being outrageously generous.

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