Jefferson Bethke on Reaching Millennials, Sabbath Rest and the Challenges of Being in the Spotlight

Jefferson Bethke on Reaching Millennials, Sabbath Rest and the Challenges of Being in the Spotlight

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Jefferson Bethke is most known for his 2012 YouTube video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” The four minute video received 6 million views three days after its release and 64,000 comments. Jefferson’s video “Counterfeit Gods” is another one of his most popular works, receiving more than 700,000 views. Author, blogger and YouTuber Jefferson Bethke discusses ministry to the upcoming generation, taking time to rest, and the pressures of public ministry.

Jefferson is the author of Jesus > Religion and an upcoming release, It’s Not What You Think.

Big Questions:

Walk us through the launch of your YouTube video, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus?

Why did so many people connect with this video’s message?

Tell us about your leadership routine. What are some of the most important things you do every week as a leader?

Who are some of your faith heroes?


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Andrew Hess
Andrew Hess is the director of content at the White Horse Inn and editor of He formerly served as the editor of His writing has been featured on The Gospel Coalition and Focus on the Family. He lives in San Diego with his wife Jen and they recently welcomed their first child. Connect with Andrew on Twitter @AndrewWHess.