Ep. 21 Pastor as Community Organizer ft. Christian Coon, Urban Village Church

Christian Coon, the co-founding and lead pastor of Urban Village Church, comes on the Uncovered Dish to talk about how he and Trey Hall: dreamed of a church in Chicago that is both gospel-centered and LGBT-inclusive, used community organizing techniques to plant the church, and failed boldly throughout the whole process. Urban Village Church is now a vibrant multi-site church where more than 80% of its attending members are under the age of 40. Pastor Christian Coon will be giving a workshop at the upcoming SENT Conference on November 11.


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