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CNLP 166: Chris Durso on Culture, Justin Bieber and Reaching Young Adults in Hard to Reach Areas

Chris Durso has done ministry in New York City for years. He talks about using the culture to reach the culture, how the church interacts with people like Justin Bieber and what’s worked and hasn’t worked in reaching young adults.

Welcome to Episode 166 of the podcast.

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The Heist

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Breaking 200 Without Breaking You

3 Insights from This Episode

1. Embrace the culture, but don’t compromise the gospel when attempting to reach the next generation

Young adults and teens don’t want a watered down version of Christianity. There’s no need to remove the Holy Spirit from your environment hoping to attract more people. Instead, keep passion and purpose at the forefront and embrace the culture surrounding your ministry without compromising the gospel.

How? Give your next generation an outlet where they can express their God-given talents in church and encourage young adults to invest in the youth. They want to be a part of something meaningful – a movement bigger than themselves and nothing is greater than the gospel of Jesus.  

2. Reach the secular by redefining your sphere of influence and keeping kindness on repeat

Your sphere of influence can be anyone God gives you access to. Anyone. Take opportunities to share the kindness of Jesus with the people around you because: 

Kindness matters-

Kindness stands out- 

Kindness shifts people’s thinking.  

The gospel is available to all people and all types of people are needed to spread the word. So treat everyone you encounter with the spirit of Jesus and see what changes can be made through you.

3. Grace may never be fully understood, but it can be fully received

Shame is reeking havoc on the hearts of believers – young and old and a faulty understanding of the gospel is causing so many to believe grace is relevant to everyone but themselves.

Chris Durso’s latest book The Heist is a powerful read and uniquely proclaims the message that while the grace of God may be more than man can fully grasp, it can absolutely be fully received.  

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Some Help For Your Church

So you would love to reach more people, but how? Your church just can’t seem to sustainably grow past the 200 barrier. And you’re really not sure why.

My new online course called Breaking 200 Without Breaking You is designed to help senior pastors and their boards and leadership team break through the barrier 85% of churches never move past: the 200 attendance barrier.

So many leaders who try to break it either get stuck at 150-250 in attendance or burned out in the process of trying.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Believe it or not, the reasons most churches never break 200 aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons.

So whether your church is 50, 150 or 250 in attendance, the principles will help you gain the insight you need to break the barrier more than 85% of churches can’t break.

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Next Episode: Chris Goeppner 

Chris Goeppner, his wife Penny and a couple of friends left South Florida to plant a church in New England—something Chris had earlier said he would never do. Chris shares how they overcame obstacle after obstacle to become a church of 1000 today that’s launching new locations.

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