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Andy Stanley Is Right About Reaching the Post Christian Culture

Our Current Approach Doesn’t Reach the Post Christian Culture


Just a generation ago, the majority of people went to church, North American culture was at least nominally Christian, there was no Internet, information was harder to come by, and most people simply trusted what they heard from their local pastor. In some cases, the pastor was the most educated and most listened to person in the community, and certainly in a church attender’s life.

It could hardly be more different today. The Internet means you can learn about anything, anytime, anywhere. And people do.

Of course, you know all of this, but in most churches, we still behave like it wasn’t true.

Most of the people who attend your church and everyone you’re trying to reach has googled their way to an opinion on almost everything. They’ve binge listened to Joe Rogan, Sam Harris and a host of others, and come to you with pre-formed opinions on almost everything.

It’s not just going away to college that crumbles faith anymore. Many teens and young adults have YouTubed and Reddited their way to their own views on God, Jesus, spirituality and the church.

Do all of these views hold water? Of course not.

But that doesn’t stop people from holding them.


If you look at the way many Christians are approaching the culture today, you’d think the church is under siege from critics. And in some respects, that’s true.

But look more deeply, and you’ll see the real issue isn’t hostility, it’s indifference.

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Speaker and podcaster Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church, one of the largest and most influential churches in Canada. With over 6 million downloads, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast features today's top leaders and cultural influencers. His most recent book is “Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the 7 Greatest Challenges That No One Expects and Everyone Experiences.” Carey and his wife, Toni, reside near Barrie, Ontario and have two children.