Podcast image for Family Church Network. Church for the rest of us.

CFTROU0059: Reaching the Next Generation

Today we’re having an insightful conversation with Pastor Dean Inserra of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida about reaching the next generation with the gospel of Jesus. Dean was called to start a church in his hometown of Tallahassee. He is passionate about reaching that city with the gospel and seeing the world impacted by a new generation of believers. We unpack what it really looks like to impact the next generation for the future of the church. Dean also shares how he has taken City Church from a small group of twenty-somethings to a church for all ages. Their focus on outreach and the way they build relationships with their community is what keeps them culturally relatable. Dean also shares the incredible lessons that he has learned, not only from his successes but also from his failures.

Key Points:

  • Why reaching the next generation is vital for church health.
  • Dean’s story and journey towards becoming a pastor.
  • How Dean started his church at age 25, with a book and prayer.
  • City Church’s focus on attracting college students.
  • The journey of City Church and where they are today.
  • Finding the balance between being culturally appealing and doctrinally strong.
  • Common areas where churches are missing the mark in evangelism.
  • Lessons learned from both successes and failures.
  • What a church of any size can do to reach the next generation.

I got to the point where I felt like I was a social coordinator on a Christian cruise ship, and that’s just not what I want to do with my life. Click To TweetNo one’s going to listen unless we’re culturally engaged relationally. Click To TweetThis side of heaven, a perfect church does not exist. Click To Tweet

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dean Inserra on Twitter

City Church Tallahassee

The Unsaved Christian

Sharper! Conference

Florida Baptist Convention

LifeWay Christian Resources

Jimmy on Twitter

Get podcast updates delivered to your inbox.

This podcast releases every Monday morning. Subscribe for free and never miss out on an episode of Church for the Rest of Us.

Subscribe via



Google Play



If you like us, rate us or leave a comment below.

Hopefully, this episode has given you principles, strategies, and ideas that you can implement right now with the resources you have. If so, can you let others know?

The best way to do that is to rate the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher and leave us a brief positive review!

This will help us place the podcast in front of more pastors and ministry leaders. It also lets us learn from you. Thank you for taking the time to get the word out about Church for the Rest of Us.