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Brett McCracken: Christianity Is Meant to Be Uncomfortable

Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken is a writer and journalist based in Southern California. He is the author of several books including Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide and Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community.  He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN.com, The Princeton Theological Review. He speaks and lectures frequently at universities, churches and conferences.  Brett and his wife Kira live in Santa Ana, California and are active in their local church, Southlands, where Brett serves as a pastor/elder.

Key Questions:

Explain your statement, ‘what we want from a church is almost never what we get.”

How can we embrace the discomfort of the gospel and welcome new people to our church?

What relationships do you see between the ways that we lead church and the types of disciples that are being made?

Give us some practical examples of how you are practicing uncomfortable community.

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Key Quotes:

“We can’t be afraid of being honest about the costliness of Christianity. We don’t want to hide that or downplay that.”

“We don’t want to cater to specific demographics and audiences so that we end up having homogeneous communities.”

“I see the vision for the church as being one of the kind of messiness of a diversity of people endeavoring together in spite of their different backgrounds, in spite of their different preferences to have unity and to pursue holiness and righteousness and worship together.”

“If we are to grow in our communities and small groups we need to go to those difficult places to challenge one another.”

“Sin and brokenness we’ve equated with authenticity but that’s a false equation because our brokenness and sin is actually inauthentic to who we were created to be.”

“I would challenge pastors to own the weirdness and the strangeness of Christianity and to see that as an opportunity and not a liability.”

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye