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CFTROU 0160 – The Power Of The Neighborhood Church: A Conversation With Thom Rainer and Matt McCraw

We are in Florida at Family Church putting a neighborhood church in a neighborhood building with a neighborhood pastor who speaks the neighborhood language. Today, we welcome to the podcast a couple of guests, or rather friends, Thom Rainer and Matt McCraw. We continue to unpack the value and the power of the neighborhood church, how it’s influencing, impacting, and being affected by culture, and ultimately, the importance of knowing your neighborhood. Making sure that you know your church reflects its neighborhood is instrumental in the impact your church will have on the community. Don’t miss out on another insightful conversation, so tune in now!

Key Points:

  • A quick introduction to Matt McCraw and Thom Rainer.
  • Hear about Church Answers and what they do for churches and leaders.
  • How they describe the power of the neighborhood church.
  • We discuss the cultural impact and influence of the neighborhood church shift.
  • Matt shares his experience as a current neighborhood church pastor in Bartow, FL.
  • The shift of aspirations and goals from [upcoming] leaders, from Megachurches to neighborhood churches.
  • The two movements that have inspired leaders to shift towards neighborhood churches.
  • Some effective strategies to regain your neighborhoods.
  • How being intentional in your neighborhood leads to ministry opportunities.
  • Thom shares on the history of the neighborhood church.
  • Tips on what to do when your church does not look like your neighborhood.
  • Matt talks about how they have tried to model contextualization at First Baptist Bartow.
  • How to begin to focus on your neighborhood.
  • The importance of discovering or recovering the power of the neighborhood church.

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Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Thom Rainer on Twitter

Church Answers

Matthew McCraw on Twitter

Jimmy on Twitter

Leslee on Twitter

Family Church Network

Family Church on Facebook

Family Church on Instagram

Church for the Rest of Us on Twitter

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