De-Sizing the Church (pt 6): Reframing Ministry Success to Reach the Misfits and the Marginalized, with Dave Gibbons (ep 074)

What happens when a pastor decides to reach people who look as different from his current congregation as possible?

One of the underlying principles of the Church Growth Movement is that churches grow faster when we try to reach people with whom we have a lot in common.

That’s not what Dave Gibbons did. In this episode, I talk with Dave (the founding pastor of Newsong Church in Orange County, CA) about the challenges he faced when he decided to guide what was a very large, numerically successful church to look more like the diverse county they were ministering in.

Dave talks honestly and vulnerably about how the Holy Spirit challenged him to reach out to the misfits and the marginalized. This tested him and the church in huge ways, including a massive drop in attendance that he had to find his way through emotionally, financially, and spiritually.

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